Dave Ildefonso to decide on joining dad, brother in NU or staying in Ateneo by end of March
Sean Ildefonso is choosing to enjoy winning the UAAP juniors title first before deciding where he will play college ball. Marlo Cueto

DAVE Ildefonso is not discounting the possibility of joining his father Danny and brother Shaun at National University after playing his final juniors basketball game with Ateneo.

Ildefonso said moving to NU in college is definitely in his mind as his father and PBA legend Danny is part of the Bulldogs coaching staff.

Danny isn’t the only Ildefonso that is in NU as Dave’s older brother Shaun also transferred to the Bulldogs last season after playing for Ateneo in high school and in college briefly.

Still, the young Ildefonso noted that  staying with Ateneo is definitely an option.

“Minsan naiisip ko ‘yung Teng brothers na magkalaban,” said Ildefonso, referring to brothers Jeric and Jeron when they were playing for University of Santo Tomas and La Salle, respectively.

“Minsan iniisip ko rin ‘yung tatlong Ildefonso sa isang team. I’m weighing that out,” he added.

The 17-year-old Ildefonso said he will rest first before deciding on where to go in college after being one of the key players in Ateneo’s Season 80 juniors title run.

“Basta by the end of March, may decision na where I am going,” he said.

Before being an assistant coach at NU, Ildefonso was one of the top Bulldogs during the 1990s before being drafted in 1998 in the PBA where he ended up winning Rookie of the Year and two MVP awards in a stellar career.

“I still want to follow his footsteps but at the same time, I want to create my own path,” Dave said.

Ildefonso capped off his juniors career with a bang, winning the juniors basketball crown alongside Finals MVP Kai Sotto and SJ Belangel.

Ildefonso said he is happy to go out with a championship to celebrate before he moves on to college.

“Dati hindi ko alam ang UAAP when I was a kid. When I was a rookie, rookie duties, rookie playing time. My high school career was full of ups and downs. But I can gladly say na natapos ko with an up. I was really blessed throughout my high school career.

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Ildefonso offered the Season 80 title to his former teammates with the Blue Eaglets for the past three years.

“I think this is a fitting ending for me and for us,” said Ildefonso.

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