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Will Gozum leaving UP but remains undecided on next stop
by Reynald Magallon, January 11, 2020 8:32pm
Will Gozum is set to move out of the UP Fighting Maroons but remains undecided on where to take his act next.
The 20-year old stalwart confirmed his move through a text message to Courtside Philippines.
"Yes po I'll leave UP pero sa ngayon po I don't have any school pa na napipili," said Gozum.
Gozum bared that a number of schools had already sent fillers to acquire him but the former NCAA Juniors MVP has yet to decide on which school to transfer.
"Sa ngayon po meron pong mga gusto sakin pero pinag iisipan ko pa po ng mabuti me and my family is working on it po para mas maganda po yung kakalabasan ng mga desisyon po namin," he added.
Courtside Philippines sources, however, said that at least seven schools are interested to avail the services of Gozum although the talented big man may focus discussing offers from two UAAP schools and one from the NCAA. Gozum didn't disclose the reason behind his decision but he shared that he wanted to move to a school that 'fit his playing style.'
"On the school where I'll transfer, my manager has discussed some school offers with my family but we still have to make decision maybe in the coming weeks," shared Gozum who was a blue chip recruit for UP but barely had playing time with the Fighting Maroons.
"In God's perfect timing whether its is NCAA or UAAP, I'll move to school thats fits my playing style."
Gozum will be leaving the Fighting Maroons after two seasons, spending it mostly as back-up to Season 81 UAAP MVP Bright Akhuetie, Jerson Prado and even Kobe Paras who frequently played at the four position for UP. He only played in three games for UP last season averaging just 2.56 minutes per game.
Gozum bared that he'll be leaving UP with a heavy heart especially that he considered the team as part of his family. He already talked to UP Maroons head coach Bo Perasol regarding his decision.
"Of course, we asked for a proper permission from Coach Bo Perasol and the management team. At the end of the day, UP will always be a family to me," said Gozum who previously played for the State U in high school before moving to Mapua High school where he made a name for himself as the NCAA Junior's MVP.
"Galing po ako ng UP nung bata pa ako and I grew up with some of my teammates. Moving out from the team is difficult but the relationship that was built will remains the same," he added.
Right now, Gozum's focus is to further hone his craft to prepare himself to the new chapter of his collegiate career.
"Sa ngayon ang focus ko lang is work on my weaknesses para handang-handa na sa ibang school na gusto ako," he said.
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