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Gilas Under-17 guard Joshua Cajucom wants to be the leader Jimmy Alapag was

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, May 30, 2019 3:45pm

Gilas Under-17 point/shooting guard Joshua Cajucom is setting a lofty goal for himself as he continues to get better as a basketball player: he wants to be the same type of a leader Jimmy Alapag was.

In a phone interview with Courtside Philippines, Cajucom revealed that he idolizes the former Gilas Pilipinas standout and now San Miguel Beermen assistant coach Alapag.

“Jimmy Alapag po,” Cajucom replied when asked who is his basketball idol in the Philippine Basketball Association.

“Matalino po siya maglaro and ang dami niya na pong karangalang naibigay sa bansa natin,” Cajucom said of Alapag.

Cajucom also revealed that he wants to be able to lead his team the way Alapag did in his playing years.

“Yung pagiging leader niya po, yung willingness and effort niya po manalo yung team, ini-involve niya po lahat ng teammates niya,” Cajucom said.

Though the goal might be lofty, Cajucom seems to be on the right path. He is learning a lot from Batang Gilas assistant coaches Anton Altamirano, Charles Tiu, and Goldwyn Monteverde, and head coach Sandy Arespacochaga.

“Okay naman po, magaling kasi magturo si coach Sandy. Detalyado po lahat ng tinuturo niya sa amin,” Cajucom said.

Cajucom started playing basketball in the fourth grade at Siena College Quezon City. After Grade 7, he transferred to Adamson University Pasarelle Team where he played for a year before joining the Hope Christian High School.

With two playing years still in high school, he has not decided where he would spend his college years.

The 6’ 0” guard has also gained a lot of experience playing under head coach Jerson Cabiltes. He also won a championship in 2018 as part of the Alaska team coached by Carl Lazaro in the Batang PBA. That year, Cajucom was also named to the Mythical Team.

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