Surprise Ginebra pick Jam Jamito vows to make most of rare PBA opportunity
Ginebra draftees Jam Jamito (6-5) and Jericho De Guzman (6-11). Jerome Ascano

THE moment Jammer Jamito was picked by Barangay Ginebra in the regular PBA rookie draft, not a few Kings fans were one in asking the question.

Who is Jamito?

They were not alone: the 6-foot-5 Jamito said he himself was surprised to hear his name called so early during Sunday's proceedings at Robinsons Midtown - and more surprised to join Ginebra at No. 3 in the regular draft.

But the St. Clare College standout, who largely flew under the radar of most scouts because he played outside glamor leagues UAAP and NCAA, wasted no time making a promise to Ginebra's huge fan base.

"Talagang nagulat ako," he said. "Gagawin ko kung ano ang pagagawa sa akin ng mga coaches."

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Jamito may be an unknown, but he isn't lacking in skills and experience, being one of the vital cogs in the Saints' title campaign in the Naascu in 2012.

The Camarines Norte native also played in the PBA D-League and the PCBL where he made a name for himself with his high-leaping ability as well as his rebounding and defensive prowess.

Jamito, who will join a loaded Ginebra frontcourt that already has Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, said he will do everything in order to contribute as for the Gin Kings.

"Tulong ako sa rebound at depensa. Siguro kapag binigyan ako ng opportunity, gagawin ko lang ng maayos 'yung binigay sa akin na opportunity," said Jamito.

To no one's surprise, St. Clare coach Jino Mananasala was one of the few who expected Jamito to be picked in the first round of the regular draft.

"Ang malaking chance na makuha talaga sa first round, si Jamito," said Manansala of his former player.

With Ginebra's decision to pick him, Jamito also made history for his school as he went down as the first player from St. Clare to be selected in the PBA draft.

Jamito, who was later joined at Ginebra by another towering slotman in 6-11 Jericho De Guzman, thanked St. Clare owner Dr. Jay Adalem and Manansala for the help.

"Natutunan ko sa kanila is go hard parati," said Jamito.

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