After a lengthy absence from the Mapua Cardinals’ camp, Cebuano guard Darrell Shane Menina has resurfaced with the UAAP’s National University Bulldogs, intent on hitting the restart button on his stalled career.
Speaking to the Talisay City native in between his classes, the spunky 5-foot-10 guard said that he needed a fresh start, without going into detail on what his issues were with the Cardinals.
What is apparent though was that the presence of fellow “Bisayas” factored into his decision to join the Jamike Jarin-mentored team.
“I just wanted to play for NU. I have several teammates that are also bisaya so I feel right at home,” said Menina, who built on a fantastic rookie campaign by tacking on 9.1 points and 3.3 assists per game last season.
“It feels a lot different. I feel right at home and it feels like I fit here,” Menina said.
NU currently has eight players who trace their roots to Visayas and Mindanao. In Team A alone, there’s fellow Cesafi products Dave Wilson Yu, Adven Jess Diputado and Theo Flores.
On how well Menina can fit in the Bulldogs’ system will be immediately tested as he suits up for NU’s Team B this Sunday in the Fr. Martin’s Cup.
As it is, Menina is relishing every opportunity to know his teammates more and to let his teammates know him better as well.
“Siyempre sa simula, medyo mahirap kasi baguhan ako and hindi nila kilala ang laro ko.”
Yu, who is expected to be one of the cornerstones of NU’s campaign in the UAAP this season, welcomed the addition of his fellow Cebuano.
“He adds even more depth to our guard rotation. And he is someone who knows how to create for both himself and his teammates,” said Yu.