Juan Gomez de Liaño has moved on to the next chapter of his promising basketball career after signing with the Earth Friends Tokyo Z club in the second division of the Japan B. League.
The club team announced its acquisition of the former University of the Philippines (UP) standout on social media on Wednesday (June 23). He will be signed under the Asian Player Quota deal, similar to San-En NeoPheonix's Thirdy Ravena.
"I'm honored to be part of the Earthfriends Tokyo Z team, I'm very excited to battle it out and compete with you guys all throughout the season and to be part of this journey under coach Hugo [Lopez]. I'm looking forward to meeting you guys soon and I hope you guys support us through the challenges ahead," said Gomez de Liaño.
The 6-foot-2 playmaker last suited up for Gilas Pilipinas in the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, where he averaged 12.0 points, 3.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds.
In his final season with the UP Fighting Maroons in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), the 20-year-old guard posted numbers of 8.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.
With his recent career move, Gomez de Liaño has become a part of the elite list of Filipino athletes in Japan's sporting scene, which includes the likes of Ravena, Jaja Santiago, and Bryan Bagunas.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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