By John Paul Salvador
Diliman Preparatory School shooting guard Jet Daet makes a u-turn and will continue his junior basketball career back in Manila. This time, he will be playing for the University of the East in the upcoming UAAP juniors’ basketball tournament season.
Jet once said on a mixtape interview after his last championship with coach KG Antalan that he is back to his hometown in Bicol to continue his senior high school and play for the province in Palaro if possible.
The UE Junior basketball team is at the state of revamping the squad after its star player CJ Austria graduated and most of the team main gunners transferred to other school.
A reliable source said that they have secured the services of the 6-foot-1 shooting guard whose skills have keyed Diliman’s back-to-back championships in YBC U15. His talent also steered Alaska Milk and NLEX Road Warriors to respective team finishes in Batang PBA tournament.
Coach KG Antalan, head coach when DPS emerged champion in PAYA U19 was surprised with the news as he was once informed before that Jet will transfer in the University of Nueva Caceres in Bicol.
“Bilang isang coach mahirap mawalan ng katulad ni Jet, masipag sa depensa— he can guard 1 to 5 positions, makikita mo lagi sa practice na hindi tatamad-tamad lalo sa game. I challenge him every day in practice to be a good player inside and outside the court, Nagpaalam siya sakin na uuwi na ng Bicol because of COVID-19 at dun na maglalaro, pinayuhan ko s’ya. Natuwa ako nung nalaman ko na sa UE s’ya maglalaro. It’s a fruit of his hardwork,” coach KG Antalan said to Burnsports.Ph.
Even if coach KG wanted Jet to play his remaining 2 more years for DPS, he then just give a piece of advice to Daet’s UE commitment. “Ngayong nasa UAAP na s’ya, yung work ethics n’ya wag n’ya baguhin at lalo pang dagdagan, always be ready at huwag makakalimot kung saan s’ya nagsimula.”
Jet Daet’s performance last year in the Diliman Preparatory School, along with his teammates, carried DPS to Palarong NCR under the supervision of coaches Arnold Garcia and Eric Salazar.
Aside from Daet, UE junior scouting team has also secured a 6-foot-4 Cebuano, and a 6-foot-3 Davaoeño which will be a huge boost for team’s frontline this coming UAAP season.
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Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Daet.