JOLLO Go, one of the blue-chip prospects coming out of high school and perhaps one of the best shooters in his class, has committed to join De La Salle in the UAAP, a welcome addition to a team that lost top gunner Almond Vosotros at the end of last season.
De La Salle coach Juno Sauler confirmed Go is set to join the Green Archers after he graduates from Hope Christian High School this March and finishes his playing duties with the school.
Go had also posted photos of him with De La Salle team patron Danding Cojuangco on his Instagram account recently with him wearing the school’s jacket, signifying that he has committed to play for the Green Archers in the UAAP.
Listed at 177 centimeters or about 5-foot-10, the lefty guard became known for his three-point shooting during his stint with Hope Christian High School in the Tiong Lian, PSSBC, and other high school leagues.
Due to his shooting exploits, Go earned as spot with Batang Gilas in the Fiba Under-17 World Championship in Dubai last year where he played against the best players in the world including top prospects from the United States.
“Based on what we have seen, he is maybe one of the best shooters out of high school. Hopefully he can bring his skills and talent to De La Salle basketball,” said Sauler.
Go, who will turn 17 on January 16, will be joining an Archers side left without Vosotros, the team's top threat from the outside who has played out his college elibility.
Go gained a trip to the Fiba Under-18 World Championship in Doha where he was one of the youngest players in the squad that also had high school players Kobe Paras and Joshua Caracut, and first-year college cagers Radge Tongco, Aaron Black, and Dave Yu.
This early, Go has drawn comparisons with a few left-handed three-point shooters in Jeff Chan and even Allan Caidic, who incidentally is one of the assistant coaches of Sauler at La Salle.
“Kapag uminit si Jollo, tuluy-tuloy eh,” said one basketball observer who has seen Go play. “Pero iba talaga ‘yung Caidic. Jeff Chan, puwede siguro i-compare.”
But Sauler was quick to shoot down the comparisons.
“No comment on comparisons. I don’t like comparing players. But I like what we’ve seen based on tapes and live games of Hope,” said Sauler.