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    UAAP juniors MVP Juan Gomez de Liaño yet to commit to join UP Maroons in college

    Feb 24, 2017
    Juan Gomez de Liaño of UP Integrated School hoists his MVP trophy.

    UAAP juniors MVP Juan Gomez de Liaño remained non-committal on which team to play for in college but admitted it will be exciting to join older brother Javi with the University of the Philippines seniors team.

    The UP Integrated School star beat the likes of John Lloyd Clemente of National University and SJ Belangel of Ateneo for the MVP award, which is determined purely by statistics.

    The 17-year-old, however, said college is still the farthest from his mind right now.

    “I’ve got a couple of big decisions ahead to make pero nothing official on where to go. Still undecided,” said Gomez de Liaño after receiving his trophy on Friday.

    UP fans are understandably excited to see the high school standout reunite with his brother Javi, who played for the Fighting Maroons in Season 79.

    Gomez de Liaño led the league in scoring, averaging 19.1 points per outing for the Junior Maroons. He added 10.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals a game this season en route to winning the MVP.

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    He admitted joining his brother in the Maroons camp would be exciting, especially with top foreign recruit Bright Akhuetie set to join the team in Season 81.

    “Maganda ‘yung outcome kapag naging teammates uli kami especially with Bright (Akhuetie) coming in in Season 81. Masaya siya tignan but I’m still undecided.

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    “One thing for sure, nowhere to go but up for me,” said Gomez de Liaño.

    The former Batang Gilas cager said his older brother was a big part in his improvement this season because he helped him work on his game in UPIS practices.

    “This season, he would come to the gym, shooting, extra work. My brother is really dedicated. He wants us to improve. Lagi niya akong iniinvite na mag-shooting. He gives me a lot of advices on and off the court. It’s really a good thing,” said Gomez de Liaño.

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