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JV Vidal maximizes bigger exposure from MPBL to showcase talent

by Eugene Flores, September 13, 2019 4:22pm

We all have dreams but not everyone can turn it into reality. It only happens those who are driven by determination and perseverance. Luckily, JV Vidal is one of the people whose determination paid off.

Growing up with a ball in his hands, the young Vidal already knew that the path he will take is that of a basketball player.

It was not easy, however, as he faced a lot of failures before getting finding his way to the highest point in his career - playing for his home province of Rizal in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).

He started his journey when tried his luck at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) but it did not turn out positively for the baller from Antipolo. Unfazed with the unpleasant outcome of his first try, he eventually transferred to San Sebastian College – Recoletos (SSCR) in his search of a better opportunity.

"Una sa UST ako, nag-aral lang. May mga inter-college hindi ako nakukuha eh kahit mag-try out ako. Eh mahal yung tuition so lumipat ako ng San Sebastian para makakuha ng scholarship. Nakapaglaro ako, pero team B lang," Vidal said in an interview with Courtside Philippines.

Failing to play in either the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) or the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Vidal never stopped searching for a home where he can showcase his talent.

His short stint with the Golden Stags did not go to waste as this eventually opened a lot of new doors for the 24-year-old cager as he was admitted to the basketball program of Enderun College. And it was during his stay in Enderun where blessings flowed.

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The hard work of 5-foot-11 standout finally paid off, unleashing his long-hidden skills in the  National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges, and Univesity (NAASCU) and eventually winning the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in Mens National Collegiate Athletics Association (MNCCA).

"Doon talaga lumabas yung laro ko. Yung coach ko si coach Pito Noundo, tsaka si coach MC Abolucion talagang binigyan nila ako ng kumpyansiya so ayun nanalo naman ako ng MVP don pero hindi kami nag-champion," said Vidal who spent three years in Enderun before graduating from the course Technology Management.

Photo from John Arthur Vidal Facebook Account

During the same time in 2016, Vidal was able to play against his all-time favorite player, Kobe Bryant.

How? He joined an Instagram caption contest regarding Bryant's tour. Eventually, he was selected and got invited in a three-day tryout. Good enough, Vidal was among the chosen 24 players granted a chance to play with the Los Angeles Lakers great.

"Syempre sobrang saya si Kobe yun eh. Childhood hero ko talaga," Vidal stated.

All of these experiences proved valuable for Vidal as it greatly developed his skills as a player and his maturity on and off the court, which will consequently pave the way for bigger challenges for his young career.

After graduation, he found himself in an unfamiliar territory as he was recruited to be part of the Mandaluyong El Tigre to play in the MBL. This proved to be the big break that Vidal needed in his career.

Stepping in the bigger spotlight, Vidal wasted no time in proving he belongs to the fastest growing amateur league founded by Senator Manny Pacquiao.

An opportunity then came knocking once again in front of him after he was chosen to play in a 3x3 competition in the country and he sure made his impact as his team finished second place, earning them a spot at the international level.

Carrying the flag in China was an unforgettable experience for Vidal.

"Ang sarap sa feeling kasi first time eh tsaka country mo pa yung nasa harap ng jersey mo," he said.

Fast forward to today and Vidal found his way to the Rizal Xentro Mall-Golden Coolers in the ongoing MPBL Lakan Season.

"Itong buong experience ko sa MPBL. Kasi hindi lang sarili ko yung nire-represent ko eh. Gusto ko talaga ipakilala yung Enderun sa Philippine basketball. Since ako palang yung unang alumni ng Enderun na naglalaro sa big league in basketball," he said.

And speaking of the big league, Vidal knows at the back of his mind that his journey will not end in the regional league as he still someday want to join the best of the best in the country in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

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