Will Gozum bolted out of Univerity of the Philippines (UP) to join College of Saint Benilde in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The 6-foot-7 slotman made the announcement, saying that the Blazers topped five other schools in the recruitment wars following a forgettable season for the Fighting Maroons in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).
Gozum said he feels that Saint Benilde could give him a break, something that he didn’t see in UP as he had to contend for minutes against stars like Kobe Paras, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño and Bright Akhuetie.
“I chose Saint Benilde because I like its program,” said Gozum, who played for the Fighting Maroons in Season 81 and 82 of the most prestigious collegiate league in the country.
“When they recruited me, the coaching staff was ruthless in pointing out what I need to improve on. And that’s what I want. I want to know my weaknesses so I can work on it and improve.”
He said five other schools made a run for his service until he reached an agreement with Saint Benilde head coach TY Tang, a former star at De La Salle University.
“I also considered going to Letran, Mapua, UST (University of Sant Tomas), San Beda and NU (National University),” he said.
Playing in the NCAA is nothing new for the 20-year-old Gozum.
In fact, he dominated the league when he was in the junior division and even won the Most Valuable Player award when he was still playing for Mapua University.
Then, he made a shocking move when joined a team that is overflowing with talent in UP. BM