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Dave Ildefonso thanks NU community as he leaves to return to Ateneo

by Niel Victor Masoy, January 13, 2020 7:58pm

Dave Ildefonso is set to leave National University (NU) but not without him expressing his gratitude to the school’s officials and supporters.

The 6-foot-3 forward took to Instagram on Monday evening to say his thank you message to the entire NU community.

“I would like to thank first and foremost Sir Manny Sy and Sir Hans Sy (NU Bulldogs' bankrollers) for all the support they gave me throughout my stay in NU,” Ildefonso began in his post.

“I would also like to thank the NU community for welcoming me with open arms and for allowing me to represent the school. A big part of my heart will always belong to the Bulldogs and the NU supporters who were with me and the team through the toughest of times.

“It’s never goodbye. No matter where my basketball journey takes me, I will always carry with me the memories and lessons that I gathered while wearing the NU jersey. NU will always be a part of the person that I will become.”

Ildefonso then explained why he left NU to return the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) - the school he played for in his high school basketball career.

The Gilas Pilipinas national pool member for the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers said his greatest dream is to represent the Philippines in international tourneys and going back to Ateneo is something that he feels will help him best to do just that.

“I have made the decision to return to Ateneo to continue my basketball journey. My biggest basketball journey. My biggest basketball dream has always been to represent the country in major international meets and I feel that this is the best path to that fulfillment of my dream.

“Again, thank you all for your undying support and understanding,” closed Ildefonso.

Ildefonso won't see action for Ateneo in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 83 Men’s basketball tournament as he needs to serve a one-year residency as the league rule mandates for transferring players.

He will be eligible to play in season 84.

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