Juan GDL turns attention to Gilas, takes step back from UP in UAAP 83

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 06, 2020 08:58 PM
Juan GDL turns attention to Gilas, takes step back from UP
(Photo courtesy of Arvin Lim)

The University of the Philippines will be without one of its proudest products for this year's UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament.

Juan Gomez de Liano has decided to take time away from the Fighting Maroons in pursuit of personal development in other leagues.

The 6-foot-1 playmaker shared that he has set his sights on a stint in the next season of the MPBL.

In turn, that will keep him away from the Fighting Maroons who are already in the process of preparing for Season 83.

Juan GDL put up per game counts of 8.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 steals in State U's run to the second-seed last year.

Now, he hopes to showcase his skills in higher level of competition. “I’m not used to sitting out even just for a year, but I think this is the best decision like me and my family talked about,” he said.

At the same time, the former Rookie of the Year and Mythical selection said he wants to completely commit himself to the Gilas Pilipinas pool. “I will now have for time for Gilas. When you get that chance, that’s a no-brainer,” he said.

There, he will join big brother Javi who had also decided to sit out next season.

Nonetheless, Juan GDL made it a point to say that playing for UP yet again is always an option. “I’m not closing my doors on Season 84. UP has been my home for seven years,” he said.

Indeed, he is just 20-years-old and has the next four to five years to use his last two seasons of eligibility.

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