NATIONAL University coach Jamike Jarin is optimistic about the future of the Bulldogs next season after missing out on the Final Four in his first year at the helm.
The Bulldogs ended the eliminations with their ninth loss of the season after a 106-81 defeat against University of the Philippines on Saturday.
NU finished with a 5-9 win-loss slate but Jarin is looking forward to the talent that is coming in, mentioning the likes of former Mapua cager Darell Menina, former Ateneo player Shaun Ildefonso, NU high school standout John Lloyd Clemente, and Joshua Sinclair, who is coming off an injury.
Encho Serrano, a high school standout from Adamson, is reportedly with the NU pool as well.
“We got some good talent coming in,” said Jarin. “That’s the only thing that makes you really excited about, the talent that is coming in.”
Jarin is also optimistic the rookies of this season in Enso Joson and Jonas Tibayan will blossom after playing in Season 80.
While he looks forward to the future, Jarin admitted he is also disappointed with how Season 80 turned out. Jarin’s Bulldogs lost after Paul Desiderio finished with 30 points in the UP win.
“I’ll be lying if I’m not disappointed,” said Jarin, who just last season led San Beda to the NCAA Season 92 title. “I’d like to take full responsibility for not barging into the Final Four. Sabi nga nila, we were the darkhorse. We were almost there.”
“If you look at it, we were one game away from a playoff. We just got into a head-on collision course with Paul Desiderio today. He is good,” said Jarin.
Jarin said Season 80 was a learning experience and they will use it to be better come next season.
“It’s just sad that it’s the final game of Jjay Alejandro and Matt Salem. How I wish we could be together longer. But we made progress. Even if we finished the same like last year, I really feel that we are making progress,” said Jarin.
“Come next year, I’m not a rookie in NU, we will make a bigger noise come Season 81 especially we are the host,” he added.