JETT Manuel is determined to prove to Barangay Ginebra that he deserves more than just a one-year contract.
While grateful for the rookie contract he recently signed with the Gin Kings, this year’s 12th overall pick is eager to show his worth.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity and the trust that management and boss Al [Chua] gave me,” Manuel said after the Gin Kings’ thanksgiving party on Friday. “But at the same time, you know, it’s more of motivation for me."
“I feel like I want to prove that maybe I deserve a long-term investment on myself as a player and you know, security wherever I’ll be playing at,” the 6-foot-2 wingman added.
Still, Manuel is cherishing every moment in his stint with the league’s most popular team – however long that may be.
“I’m just happy to be here,” the 25-year-old cager stressed. “I’m just gonna make the most out of my opportunity.”
The first licensed engineer to be drafted in the league, Manuel has already felt the love from the fans during the fans’ day.
“Walking right on the stage right now with all the fans-the whole support of barangay of the team—I think that’s what is most overwhelming for me,” the University of the Philippines product said. “Iba yung suporta talaga pag Ginebra eh.”
So Manuel is also keen on repaying their support by working hard on the court.
“Being part of a stable organization, going to practice, practicing how the vets do it—sina Mark, sina Sol, LA. It’s more of trying to adjust na lang as fast as I can,” Manuel said. “I just want to be a good pro.”