TWINS Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino take on a new challenge by declaring for the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft.
The tireless guards have submitted their applications for the annual rookie draft set on Wednesday, ending a short but sweet three-year run in Lyceum.
"Para sa pamilya, yun lang naman po reason namin para magpa-draft kasi gusto na po namin tulungan pamilya namin," said Jaycee. "Dito na kami makakabawi sa pamilya namin. Ito yung paraan para matulungan namin sila."
Jayvee added: "Para sa family namin kung bakit kami magpapa-draft ngayon, lalo na sa anak ko. Gusto ko mabigay kung anong mga gusto niya."
Jaycee, named to the Mythical Team this past NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament, averaged 18.6 points on a 53-percent shooting, along with 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.4 steals in the Pirates' run to the Final Four.
On the other hand, Jayvee posted 7.6 points on a 46-percent clip, on top of 4.1 boards, 2.9 dimes, and 1.2 steals while playing the role as the Pirates' defensive menace in the backcourt.
The Marcelinos have been key figures in Lyceum's rise from obscurity, teaming up with NCAA MVP CJ Perez and Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu as the Topex Robinson-mentored squad made it to two consecutive Finals in 2017 and 2018.
Now, they'll follow in the footsteps of Perez, last season's top overall pick, as they aim to carve a name for themselves in the PBA.
"Gusto ko kahit wala na kami sa LPU, maging proud pa din sila sa amin," said Jaycee.
Jayvee added: "Pangako namin sa LPU community, hinding-hindi mawawala ang suporta at pagmamahal namin sa kanila. Kung hindi dahil sa LPU at kay coach Topex, walang Marcelino twins. Kung saan man kami makarating magkambal, ipagmamalaki namen na Lyceans kami."
San Sebastian forward Alvin Capobres has also applied for the draft.
The Golden Stags co-captain netted 12.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists when they reached the Final Four in his last year in Recto.
Also submitting their names for the draft, set on December 8, are Arellano's Michael Canete, Perpetual's Justine Alano, and AMA's Luke Parcero.