TWO years since last playing in the UAAP, it is but natural for Jett Manuel to get excited in his return stint for University of the Philippines in Season 78 of the league.
Manuel said he looks forward suiting up this season especially after feeling that changes have been put in place as the school tries to adopt a winning program.
“Personally, I’m really excited. New program, new system, new management, new logo. Two years ago nawala,” said Manuel.
Manuel last played for the Fighting Maroons in Season 75 before skipping the next two years as he trained in the United States and concentrated on his Civil Engineering course.
Now in his fourth and final year with the team, Manuel admitted feeling the changes implemented within the school right away following the entry of Philippine Azkals patron Dan Palami as team manager and the hiring of Rensy Bajar and Joe Ward as head coach and lead assistant, respectively.
“There is a visible program in place. People can see and the players can feel it, especially me. Matanda na ako. I can feel the changes,” said Manuel.
Following the team’s dismal performances over the past few years including a 27-game losing skid at one point during that stretch, the Fighting Maroons are aiming for a spot in the Final Four this season.
And Manuel said the team is buying into that goal.
“Number one goal is to do a lot better, win more games. That’s what we are going to start. We have big goals and dreams. From there, go one game at a time,” he said.