Five-time champ Animam takes talents to Taiwan as college import

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 01, 2020 01:03 PM
Animam takes talents to Taiwan as college import
(Photo by Richard Esguerra)

Jack Danielle Animam is making sure Philippine women's basketball is not getting left behind.

The five-time champion with National University is all set to break new ground as an import in the University Basketball Association in Taiwan. "Siyempre, masayang-masaya ako sa opportunity na ito. Super excited ako kasi hindi naman araw-araw makakatanggap nang ganitong offer," she said.

Animam will be suiting up for Shih Hsin University and is scheduled to fly out of the country in July.

"Nag-decide akong maglaro para sa Shin Hsin para sa experience," she shared. "Yung mga pwede kong matutunan dun, bago lahat kaya alam kong in the future, malaki ang maitutulong nito sa akin."

This, following the developments in the careers of Far Eastern University's Ken Tuffin and Ateneo de Manila University's Thirdy Ravena.

The 6-foot-2 forward is fresh off winning a gold medal with Gilas Pilipinas Women in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

And she has no doubt that the experience she's getting in Taiwan will only help Gilas in the long run. As she put it, "Malaking bagay ito para sa women's basketball natin. Yung experience na makukuha ko dun, madadala ko sa national team."

Even more, Animam said this may very well be just the start for her and many more Filipina ballers to take their talents abroad. "Malay natin, pagdating ko dun, mas maraming opportunities pa ang pwedeng mag-open for me and para na rin sa iba pang women's player," she said.

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