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Javi still undecided

I haven’t committed yet. I’m still weighing things out.

Bea Micaller



JAVI Gomez de Liano remains uncommitted to return to UP. DAVID JOHN CUBANGBANG @tribunephl_dvd

Javi Gomez de Liano’s return path to University of the Philippines (UP) remains hazy as the six-foot-five forward has yet to commit to play his final year for the Fighting Maroons.

And like his younger brother Juan, the elder Gomez de Liano is still studying all of his options before making a final decision.

“I haven’t committed yet. I’m still weighing things out,” said Gomez de Liano, who along with Juan are suiting for Mighty Sports in Dubai International Basketball Tournament.

Playing for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is a possibility for him but his priority now is academics at UP.

“As of now, I can’t commit yet to any MPBL team and also to Gilas because of my class schedule,” Gomez de Liano said.

“If I fix things out with them then I’ll play but of course, my priority is my academics so I’ll make sure that I’m a student first before being an athlete.”

The Fighting Maroons fell short in Season 82 after losing to University of Santo Tomas in the Final Four round of University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament.

While Kobe Paras, Ricci Rivero and Bright Akhuetie have committed for one last run, UP has yet to solicity the same answer from the Gomez de Liano brothers.

Right now, their focus is helping the Charles Tiu-mentored Mighty Sports squad, which is eyeing to bring home the title of the Dubai tilt slated 23 January to 1 February.

“I see this as a good opportunity to play with these players because as we all know, they’re really talented,” the elder Gomez de Liano said.

“I was gauging myself to the players here. They’re like six-foot-seven but they play as shooting guards. This team will help me see what I lack in my game and make it as a motivation that can help me in future plans with Gilas.”

Gomez de Liano was also included in the 24-man Gilas Pilipinas pool for the International Basketball Federation Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers.

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