CJ CANSINO has no plans to leave University of Santo Tomas and is eager to continue to work with the team being handled by new Tigers coach Aldin Ayo.
The UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball MVP said he has practiced with the Tigers twice.
“Nagpapractice na ako sa UST. Wala na akong ibang plan na lumipat. Siguro mag-start na rin ako sa UST para mas maaga akong makapag-jell sa team,” said Cansino after formally receiving his Most Valuable Player award on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Cansino admits it may take a while for him to get into the groove with the Tigers, but is determined to make it work.
The 6-foot-2 Cansino is adjusting to the guard role for college after playing the forward positions in the juniors division.
“Sobrang laki ng pagkakaiba. Hindi ko alam kung magfi-fit ako pero I’ll make sure na gagawin ko ang lahat para mag-fit ako sa sistema,” the 18-year-old Cansino.
Cansino is the first Tiger Cub since Kevin Ferrer in 2010 to win the UAAP MVP trophy, and says he is happy to follow the footsteps of the player that went on to become the King Tiger and now PBA player with Barangay Ginebra.
“Proud po ako sa sarili ko kasi pangarap ko rin maging isang Kevin Ferrer. Isa na siyang successful basketball player, nakapaglaro siya sa UAAP at ngayon, nasa professional na siya,” Cansino said.
“Gagamitin ko ito as inspiration para mag-trabaho pa para mas gumaling pa,” said Cansino.