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Encho Serrano ‘a superstar in the making’, says Byrd

by Niel Victor Masoy, November 04, 2019 12:52am

De La Salle University (DLSU) active coaching consultant Jermaine Byrd just heaped praises to his shooting guard Encho Serrano.

After seeing the Pampanga-native’s talent level this University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 82 Men’s basketball tournament, Byrd felt that the former is nothing but a superstar in the making.

“He’ll be great. I’m hoping I’ll get the opportunity to coach him for two or three more years. I mean he is a superstar in the making and I have nothing about to say about him,” said Byrd.

“He’s great. He gives me a 110 percent every game. Again, I wouldn’t change it for anyone.”

For this season, the sophomore and 19-year-old Serrano put up 9.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists. 

While his numbers weren’t really eye-popping, the 5-foot-11 Serrano had a number of games where he just simply turned it on and helped the Green Archers get some wins.

Case in point was his 29-point, five-rebound, and two-assist performance against the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers last September 28.

Serrano simply took over late in the third period and early in the fourth quarter of the said contest, scoring 13 of his total to lead La Salle to a 92-77 win.

“Oh man. He’s been amazing. He’s been amazing since the first moment I met him, I love coaching him, I love being in the gym with him,” said Byrd of Serrano, who was the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) top high school player in 2016. 

“I think the sky is the limit for him, I think he’s only going to continue to be better,” gushed Byrd of the athletic Serrano, who put up 19.3 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Adamson University (AdU) Baby Falcons also in 2016 (UAAP season 79).

Other than Serrano’s talent and athleticism, it’s the Pampaga-native’s heart that also impressed Byrd.

“He kept his heads up. The kid was playing on one leg, a broken ankle and he fights, like you said, with the big guys every game,” uttered Byrd.

“He loves the school (La Salle), he loves the community. I love him,” added the 39-year-old coach.

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