Don Bosco Greywolves star Vincent Raymund Escobido may have been recruited by the University of Santo Tomas to join the Tiger Cubs in the UAAP but he knows he has a lot of hard work to do to earn his spot on the roster.
A talented 6-foot-2 wingman who led the Greywolves in scoring in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) last season, the 17-year old committed to join UST after he was pursued by no less than multi-titled head coach Aldin Ayo. However, he is aware that once he arrives in Manila, nothing will be handed to him on a silver platter and he has to earn every opportunity on the floor.
“This will involve a lot of hard work and sacrifice on my part,” said Escobido, who was named a member of the Mythical Five during the high school Cesafi All Star Game last season.
Escobido is the latest Cesafi star to jump ship to Manila after the Cesafi cancelled its 2020 season. A few weeks ago, reigning Cesafi high school Most Valuable Player LA Casinillo also committed to join UST which is now being coached by Jinino Manansala.
Escobido explained that he chose UST not only for its excellent academic and basketball program but also because it has a lot of familiar faces. Aside from Casinillo, the youngster will also be teaming up with his Don Bosco teammate, Nichole Cabañero, and former University of Southern Philippines Foundation ace Rojan Montemayor.
“I heard many things about the basketball program of UST under coach Aldin Ayo. I feel that it will help a lot and it’s also good that I will be playing with fellow Cebuanos LA, Rojan and my teammate (Nichole) Cabañero,” said Escobido.
Escobido says he is excited for the opportunity to play on a bigger stage under the bright lights of the UAAP but at the same time, he is quite aware of the challenges that lie before him.
“I am excited at the same time I will treat this as a challenge because I know that it will be a completely different ball game,” said Escobido. “This will also be the first time that I will be away from my family and my comfort zone.”
Escobido is joining a Tiger Cubs squad that finished with an even 7-7 win-loss mark in Season 82. He hopes to help the team improve and hopefully make it to the Final Four.
“I hope so. I will just try my best and practice hard,” he said. (JNP)