JERWYN Guinto is looking to follow in the footsteps of his brother Bradwyn as he joins the San Sebastian College roster.
The 18-year-old Guinto has been part of the Stags' Team B for eight months now, playing in the same school his older brother suited up for in the NCAA before being drafted by Mahindra in the PBA last year.
The younger Guinto, who stands 6-foot-5, admitted Bradwyn’s stint with San Sebastian greatly influenced his decision to also make the move to the Stags.
“I just came here because he (Bradwyn) was doing well in San Sebastian. That’s what made me choose the school,” said the younger Guinto, who joined the NCAA school last August.
Jerwyn played senior-level ball in Altona in Melbourne, Australia and played for the Under-16 Victorian Metro NITP men’s team in the East Coast Challenge basketball tournament in 2012 before pursuing a playing career in the Philippines.
Bradwyn is naturally happy to see his kid brother play for his former school.
“I’m just happy that I’m not lonely anymore,” said Bradwyn, 24. “I’m just happy for him that he made the jump.”
Jerwyn admitted he is used to playing the forward positions in high school but is now being assigned to the center position, a move he said where' he'll need to do some adjustments.
“I’m comfortable playing the power forward position but the coaches want me to play center. I just have to adjust,” Jerwyn said.
The 6-foot-6 Bradwyn noted that his brother still needs to work on a few aspects of his game offensively and defensively, especially now that he is expected to guard foreign players in the NCAA. And he added that they sometimes play one-on-one to help polish his younger brother's game.
“His jump shot and conditioning, trying to prepare for the imports,” said Bradwyn. “He has to get ready for it. I’ve been telling him ever since I’ve been here that it’s (physicality) is different from Australia. It’s more physical but it’s fun.”
“Yeah, we play one-on-one. No mercy. We play one-on-one to try to simulate the same thing that’s going to happen in the NCAA,” Bradwyn added.
The younger Guinto is just happy to be mentored by his brother, as he hopes to make it to Team A someday.
“I’m trying to be like him,” said Jerwyn.