NOY Bermudes has become one of the top players of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) and is in line for a stint in the PBA D-League.
Not bad for someone who just four years ago tried out for a spot in the Olivares College varsity team.
“Kung papalarin po sana, pinapag-tryout ako kasi mag-D-League daw sila,” said the 24-year-old Bermudes, referring to the Paranaque-based school's plan to field a team in the developmental league. “Sana po matuloy.”
As team captain, Bermudes led the Sea Lions to a finals appearance in Season 1 of the UCBL where they bowed to Centro Escolar University. This season, the Sea Lions came a win short of returning to the finals after bowing to Colegio De San Lorenzo at the semifinal stage.
Even though Olivares came up short, the 5-foot-7 guard is happy with how his UCBL career fared considering where he came from.
“Wala akong school noon,” recalled Bermudes. “May kakilala ako sabi sa akin, 'Mag-tryout sa Olivarez kasi wala silang players.' Sinubukan ko lang.
“Maganda naman ‘yung nangyari. Nakilala ‘yung pangalan natin at ‘yung Olivarez. Nakilala rin ang bawat isa sa amin,” said Bermudes, thankful for the UCBL exposure.
Bermudes averaged nine points a game this season in a performance highlighted by a 27-point output against University of Batangas in the first round.
Bermudes will play one more UCBL game when the Sea Lions face Diliman College in the battle for third before calling it a career.
“As team captain, i-momotivate ko ’yung mga bagong palyers namin. As captain ball, ikaw yung magiging inspirasyon nila kasi ikaw ang inaasahan nila,” said Bermudes.