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Alcantara says his former player Gozum can more likely showcase his talent in Benilde, NCAA
by Niel Victor Masoy, January 27, 2020 12:25am
Will Gozum just moved from the University of the Philippines to the De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde, and is set to play again in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
And for his former coach Randy Alcantara, his move will more likely allow him to unleash his full potential, especially with the NCAA - also known for having foreign big men - disallowing foreign players to join the league starting in season 96.
"Best move yun kasi sabi ko nga sa kanya noon sa UAAP may mga foreign players, hindi ko namang sinasabing ano pero syempre mas priority nilang gamitin yung mga foreign players," said Alcantara.
"Good move yun para sa akin kasi sa NCAA, especially wala na yung mga foreign player siguro good luck sa kanya, mapapakita niya na siguro yung talent niya, kung sino yung Will Gozum," added Alcantara, who coached the 6-foot-6 Gozum in his high school career, playing for the Mapua Red Robins.
Alcantara shared Gozum - the NCAA season 93 Juniors Most Valuable Player (MVP) - considered returning to Mapua and join him in the Cardinals.
Unfortunately, Gozum ultimately decided to join the Blazers.
Alcantara stressed he respects Gozum's move just as he respected the big man's decision to leave Mapua for UP and play in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) two years ago.
"Nagkausap naman kami, sabi ko nga kino-consider pa namin siya pero syempre desisyon ng pamilya niya yun, desisyon ng pamilya nila yun, wala tayong magagawa. Syempre, igu-good luck naman natin siya," he said.
"Kung sa tingin niyang dun sya mapapaganda, yun naman ang ano namin eh. Before naman siya magpunta ng UAAP, nagpaalam naman sa'kin yan. Sabi ko nga kung saan ka mapapaganda. Ayun nga medyo hindi siya nakaano dun sa UP, hindi siya nabigyan ng break," Alcantara said of Gozum, who averaged 2.18 minutes in just three games for UP last season.
"Sana this time mabigyan na siya. Kilala naman natin sa Gozum."
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