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Ateneo bigman Isaac Go flattered on Gilas Cadet selection


Starting the year out right, Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Isaac Go reports for duty as a Gilas Cadet. With the potential to be selected in the 2023 FIBA lineup, Go is still in awe about the opportunity.

“I still starstruck at this point, because I never expected to be in this roster in the first place. I feel there are a lot of capable players that could take my spot. I’m grateful to Coach Chot (Reyes), his coaching staff, and all the big bosses, Boss MVP and Al Panlilio [for] having the trust in me to be part of this team and that I could possibly be part of the team in five years.”

Joining Go in the #23for23 roster is the high-flying Jaymar Perez of Lyceum, Paul Desiderio of UP, JJ Alejandro of the NU Bulldogs, Abu Tratter of the DLSU Green Archers and 15-year- old prodigy Kai Sotto of the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Go admits that his selection on the team was highly due to his performance in the last UAAP season where he had his moments in the clutch to close out the DLSU Green Archers in the finals.

“I think it did. It’s hard to base our performance– especially both good and bad– if you look from our perspective. It’s hard to see if the player is still the same player. Based on my recent performances, I think I deserve the team, but I have to prove that I'm not just what my previous performance was– that I’m actually better.”
Feeling like an underdog, Go will work his way up and do whatever it takes to make it to the 2023 roster.

“It’s an honor. A lot of these guys have grown up playing, and they have MVP’s. That you’re put in that caliber is just grateful, knowing where I started from– not really making the team, being a benchwarmer- -and seeing the time here now, given the opportunity, and I’m super grateful. It pushes me to work more. Hopefully I can improve in the next five years.”

I think I still have a lot to work on. I still have to finish school and just improve as a person in general.

By Ernest Hernandez