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Ginebra rookie Jett Manuel has no problem with Jeff Chan comparison: But I want to be known for defense


Ginebra first-round pick Jett Manuel is flattered by comparisons to Phoenix star Jeff Chan but he doesn’t want to be known as just another sharpshooter.

In Quinito Henson’s column in Philippine Star, Chan said: “We’re both shooters and chinky-eyed. What I’d like to be known more for is my defense.”

Chan is smart enough to know that being a two-way player was he only way to have a long and fruitful career in the PBA.

“You can’t just be an offensive player. Offense comes naturally. You’ve got to work hard on defense. To reach the PBA is a big accomplishment. I’m looking forward to the competition, the opportunity to play against the heroes whom I look up to,” he said.

The Xavier School and University of the Philippines standout said he was ready for the bruising play in the PBA.

“I showed I can play full-court defense. I know I’m ready for the physicality in the PBA. My PBA dream is to contribute to a winning team. I want to win a lot of games and in the process, a championship,” Manuel said.

Manuel also gave a shout-out to his coaches – Lito Vergara, Aboy Castro, Ricky Dandan, Boyet Fernandez, Bo Perasol, and Chot Reyes – and former team mates Jeron and Jeric Teng, Gab Banal and Woody Co for helping him hone his skills. He also made special mention of Mike Cortez and “our mutual coach” Joe Ward for his growth on the basketball court.

Even with the retirement of Jayjay Helterbrand, it remains to be seen if Manuel will crack Ginebra’s deep guard rotation of LA Tenorio, Scoitte Thompson, Mark Caguioa, Sol Mercado, and Paolo Taha.