JEEPY Faundo said a win in his final game as a college player is one of his most memorable experiences with the University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers.
Faundo had a scoreless outing and grabbed three rebounds in the final game of the season, but he ended his five-year college basketball career with a victory after UST defeated University of the East on Sunday.
He made finals appearances in 2013 and 2015 with UST, but Faundo said he will cherish the victory that prevented the Growling Tigers from going winless this season.
“Nung nag-finals kami, unforgettable pero iba rin ’to kasi unang panalo namin as a team,” said the 6-foot-6 Faundo, who was mobbed by his teammates after the win.
“Siyempre, masaya pa rin kahit ganun ‘yung nangyari sa team. At least, nakakuha kami ng isang panalo. Iba ‘yung 0-14 sa 1-13. Masyadong magkaiba ’yun,” said Faundo.
In his final season with UST, Faundo averaged 9.0 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Faundo admits he still has a lot to improve on as he eyes a professional basketball career.
“Siguro, hindi ko masasabing successful ako sa college career ko. Sa akin, struggle ako ngayon. Para sa akin, ’yung mga natututunan ko, ’yung mga pagkukulang ko, kailangan ko iimprove para sa next level,” said Faundo.
Faundo also said he is also getting advice from his brother and former PBA player Bryan.
“Advice ng kuya ko, kasi ’yung basketball, hindi natin masabi. Sabi niya sa akin, ibigay lang best ko every game. At least, sa sarili mo, ibinigay ko ‘yung best mo, hindi ka manghihinayang,” said Faundo.
Faundo plans to rejoin the PBA D-League and is hoping to be ready for the PBA draft next year.
“Siguro after nito, D-League tapos papalakas pa ako. Kung kaya ko 2018, magpapa-draft ako,” said Faundo.