Abadiano the answer to UP's point guard question for UAAP 83

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 01, 2020 12:30 PM
Abadiano the answer to UP's point guard question for UAAP 83
Gerry Abadiano was the heart and soul for National U's back-to-back championships - and he may very well be that again now for UP

Gerry Abadiano has long been the leader Nazareth School of National University deserves.

Now, he will be bringing over that leadership and his intangibles to a University of the Philippines side in need of more of those.

In another bombshell on Saturday morning, the 5-foot-11 playmaker has decided to move from Sampaloc to Diliman.

"Siyempre, nung namimili po ako ng school, nasa isip ko rin po yung long-term," he said after the news broke. "Aside sa basketball, maganda rin yung makakapagtapos sa magandang school."

In doing so, he becomes the solution to the shortage of point guards for Fighting Maroons in UAAP Season 83.

Alongside Filipino-American Sam Dowd, Abadiano will man the fort previously held by the more than capable hands of Jun Manzo and Jarrell Lim.

The heady guard was the heart and soul of the Bullpups' back-to-back championships and the most recent one witnessed him putting up per game counts of 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 steals.

Abadiano's impact will never ever be measured by statistics, however, as leadership has long been his biggest strength.

He is yet another blue-chip recruit in a big-time offseason for a State U side that, without a doubt, has come a long, long way from its so-called dark days.

In just this offseason alone, the former Batang Gilas stalwart joins fellow rookie recruits Dowd, Jancork Cabahug, RC Calimag, Ethan Kirkness, Carl Tamayo, and Miguel Tan as well as transferees Joel Cagulangan and Malick Diouf.

This will be the first time Abadiano will be away from Bullpups and Bulldogs mentor Goldwin Monteverde who discovered him from Iloilo and developed him in Manila.

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