Four GDLs for UP in UAAP 84? 'Why not,' says Javi
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 25, 2020 04:19 PM
(Photos by Arvin Lim; courtesy of UAAP, Milcu Got Skills)
Joe Gomez de Liano is out to prove himself in the University of the Philippines come UAAP Season 83.
With Fighting Maroons mainstays Javi and Juan deciding to sit out that season to focus full-time on being part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool and balling for Nueva Ecija in the MPBL, the eldest brother has a shot at being the one and only GDL in the Srs. squad.
"It's really a big chance for me to prove myself kasi, siyempre you'll get minutes kasi it's a new team e," he said in The Prospects Pod last Friday. "I was so excited to get a chance to prove what I can do pero I still have hope."
Joe GDL said he "was excited" as UAAP 83 has been pushed back from its usual season start of September to the next year.
Nonetheless, that just means that the 6-foot-2 forward has much more time to prepare to prove he belongs in a State U side that would now be fronted by Bright Akhuetie, Kobe Paras, and Ricci Rivero.
If he does, then another golden opportunity opens up not just for him, but for the GDL family.
Asked about his years of eligibility, Joe answered, "I think I have two or three so kaya pa nga (maging teammates) with Jordi whenever he goes to UP."
That means that Joe has two or three seasons to play for the Fighting Maroons, Javi has one more, and Juan has two of his own.
With Jordi heading into his last year in the Jrs., there is a possibility that the four brothers could be teammates in UP Srs. for Season 84.
"For me, actually it would mean the world to me," Juan said, talking about that possibility. "We haven't seen four brothers in one team. First time ata yun if ever."
Indeed, for the most part, collegiate basketball has seen two brothers, at most, playing together in one team - with the Ravenas in Ateneo de Manila University, the Riveros in De La Salle University, and the Marcelinos in Lyceum of the Philippines University coming to mind.
And so, if all falls into place, the GDLs have a shot at making history - at the same time giving UP's jersey makers quite the problem.
Without a doubt, having not one, not two, but three brothers stand with you as you wage war would be something special. "Why not?" Javi quipped.
He also added, "Kahit kami ni Juan, mawawala muna kami, I hope you still support UP because Joe and Jordi are still there. Hopefully, soon, we get to play together again."
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