I’ll have to reevaluate myself – De Leon on last playing year with Ateneo
Mark Escarlote on Jun 10, 2018 11:36 AM
I’ll have to reevaluate myself if I’m still able to give that kind of commitment to Ateneo -- Bea De Leon
Bea De Leon will use her time playing with the Foton Tornadoes in the Philippine Superliga Invitational slated to begin on June 23 to think about her future with the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles.
The prized middle blocker still has one playing year left in the UAAP but de Leon is not yet ready to commit to the Lady Eagles for one last run for the blue and white.
The Tornadoes made a recruiting coup by signing De Leon, who was introduced to the media Saturday in a press conference.
“That’s a very hard question to finalize,” said De Leon when asked about her collegiate career plan. “As of now, I’m taking it one step at a time.”
“It’s a very huge decision for me. But this is my first step after this, after playing in the Invitational we’ll see po if ready na po ba akong bumalik sa Ateneo or not,” she continued.
However, a source privy with the lucrative Foton deal, said that De Leon is in for a two-year stint with the franchise bannered by the towering 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago and 6-foot-2 Dindin Santiago-Manabat.
The PSL has three conferences per season composed of the import-laden Grand Prix, the Invitational and the All-Filipino.
De Leon helped the Lady Eagles claim its last of back-to-back titles in the UAAP back in 2015, finish as runner-up in Seasons 78 and 79 and a third place in Season 80 despite leading a rebuilding Ateneo squad.
The Lady Eagle, who played for the national team in the 2015 Asian U-23 and the Singapore Southeast Asian Games, said that she has to reevaluate herself to know if she still has the drive to play for Ateneo.
“A lot of people kasi will say na they’ll do anything to play one more game in the UAAP. But what it takes kasi to get there, all the sacrifices and the commitment and the hard work. I’ll have to reevaluate myself if I’m still able to give that kind of commitment to Ateneo,” she said.
“Because if I’m not there for the right reasons, more or less, mas magiging pabigat pa ako,” De Leon added. “If I end there I want to be 100% and I want nothing more but to give everything that I have for my school.”
De Leon, who is yet to decide on her last playing year with Ateneo, is the latest Lady Eagles standout that signed with a PSL club after Jho Maraguinot inked a deal with Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors just a week ago.
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