Jordi GDL set for breakout final year - just like kuyas Javi and Juan

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 17, 2020 04:30 PM
Jordi GDL set for breakout final year - just like kuyas
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Jordi Gomez de Liano has one more year to play for the University of the Philippines Integrated School before moving on to the next phase of his young career.

And if history teaches us anything, it's that Gomez de Lianos become full-fledged blue-chip recruits in their final year in high school.

It happened with Joe, it happened with Javi, and it happened with Juan.

Now, it may very well happen for Jordi - if and only if he will its, of course.

On a more personal level, the fourth GDL brother says he just wants nothing more than to harness his potential. "I don't think I played to the best of my capabilities this year. I know I can do much better," he said.

In Season 82, Jordi GDL put up per game counts of 13.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists and totaled a league fifth-best 35 triples.

In his eyes, next year will only be better. Asked if he will follow in the footsteps of his kuyas who had breakout final years, he answered, "Yes. Yes. Next year. Next year."

For sure, the 6-foot-5 swingman's fourth and final season for State U Jrs. will still see him sniping - something that has led to him being called by his big brothers as the best shooter in the family. "That feels great to hear because I work hard for it," he said.

Still, Jordi GDL said it has become his main mission to prove he is much more than a sniper. As he put it, "I just wanna show that I'm not only a shooter and I can also do a lot of things. I want to round out my game and get bigger."

Packing at 150 lbs., the 17-year-old knows full well that he needs more bulk to go with his long limbs to become a college-ready player. "I know I'm gonna gain some weight. So hopefully that happens," he said.

In the end, however, winning remains the standard for blue-chip recruits and with that, Jordi GDL and the rest of UPIS' young yet talented core are determined to break through into the Final Four. "This season wasn't as great as we wanted it to be, but next year, we have the same lineup. Our goal is the Final Four," he said.

He then continued, "No promises, but most definitely, our goal is the Final Four."

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