FORMER La Salle player Gabby Reyes hopes to return to the UAAP through Ateneo, where he is currently part of the Blue Eagles’ Team B.
Reyes is vying for a place in Ateneo’s UAAP team in Season 80, years after being part of the La Salle championship squad in 2013. The 6-foot-3 cager made the move to Ateneo this school year after being out of the UAAP squad of La Salle for a few seasons.
“I tried out for (La Salle) Team B and then, after two years, nothing was working anymore. I decided to transfer schools. I saw Ateneo had the best option for me. Here I am now just trying to get back,” said Reyes.
During the lull prior to his move to Ateneo, the 22-year-old Reyes said he worked on his own just to make sure that he stayed in shape.
“I couldn’t really practice as much. I have to work on my own. I hit the weights room and just stayed in shape. Now that I’m here in Ateneo, it’s a lot easier right now,” Reyes said.
So far, Reyes feels his extra work prior to shifting to Ateneo is starting to pay off, as he is starting to make his mark for the Blue Eagles as a do-it-all utility player.
“For me, it’s about getting that confidence. I’m really trying to work on my defense. The coaches told me my defense has improved so I’m really happy right now,” said Reyes.
Last October, Reyes helped the Blue Eagles capture the Milcu Got Skills Elite Showcase competition where they defeated a Lyceum side led by another former Ateneo player in CJ Perez - a result that is a good beginning for the former La Salle cager.
“Hopefully, this is a good start for me. We’ve been stressing since the start of the tournament that we don’t have much skilled players than in previous years. But playing as a team is more important than having a lot of talent. I’m really happy to play with these guys. We have great chemistry,” said Reyes.
Looking ahead, Reyes believes he has what it takes to make it back in the UAAP next season, so long as he continues to work on his game.
“I guess I just have to get used to the system. I’m confident that I can keep up with the system,” said Reyes.