UP’s Desiderio, Gomez de Liaño to make most of chance to play for Gilas

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours And as expected, the two Fighting Maroons are overwhelmed to be part of the pool.“I’m so happy,” said Desiderio, who was part of the Batang Gilas team which competed in the 2014 Fiba Under-17 World Championship in Dubai. “I was in Cebu and (Gilas assistant) coach Ryan (Betia) was trying to call me. When I received his text, I wanted to immediately come back to Manila.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 18-year-old Gomez de Liaño, who previously donned the national tri-colors in the 2015 Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship in Jakarta, also shared the same sentiment.“I actually got shocked when I got the call from SBP saying that I made the pool for 2023. I was really excited for it and looking forward to working with these guys. I’m really thankful for it,” he said. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “It’s exciting for UP’s future since both of us were handpicked,” said Gomez de Liaño.“This will be big for us especially that this will be my last year. So it’s huge that I’m here with Juan because once our wings graduate, he will be the one to lead the team and carry UP. So I’m really happy for him,” he said. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGiven this rare chance to join some of the best basketball players in the country, both are reveling in this opportunity to learn valuable lessons.“It’s really overwhelming,” said Gomez de Liaño, who was feted as the UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year. “This is the first time I met all of them and I hope to learn from Gabe Norwood and Jayson Castro because I like their playing styles. I’ll just make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity, just enjoying the process because I’m still young.”Desiderio added: “This will be a big help for my basketball career because I’ll learn so much from them.”Both are also well aware that the 2023 is still a long way to go.And right now, they are optimistic that this stint could only help them for the better as they seek to tow UP to the Final Four for the first time in two decades in the next UAAP season.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFrom University of the Philippines to Gilas Pilipinas.State U was well represented in coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” list with the inclusion of Paul Desiderio and Juan Gomez de Liaño, who attended the national team’s evening practice session on Monday at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Castro hopes young guns grow up quickly in time for 2023 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img