We’ve heard the phrase “starting them young” to different aspects in life and such philosophy is also essential in sports.
Lorenzo Bryan Competente had his chance to shine in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa where he was named as the Most Valuable Player.
But the young player is not resting on his laurels and wants to take his game to an even higher level. The 14-year-old, six-foot guard decided to hone his skills more by attending the training in California, USA.
“It all started when I joined the Las Vegas delegation of City Hoops headed by coach Homer Bautista,” wrote the young player in an exclusive online interview with FOX Sports Philippines. “Sumali po kami ng tournament and dun ko na witness how high the level of competition.”
“Sobrang iba talaga yung attitude ng mga players towards the sports. Gusto ko talaga ma-adapt yun.”
Competente intends to equip himself before returning to the Philippines. He wants to get a shot at the UAAP or NCAA whether be it at the juniors or seniors level.
With a right attitude combined with great skill set, Competente could become a potential pool member of the Gilas Pilipinas national youth team.
“Right now, I’ve been playing in a lot of tournaments here, playing against top caliber players from different states kagaya nila Bronny. So far, nakakasabay naman kasi lagi naman puso ang panlaban natin,” he added.
“On the side, I’m doing intense one-on-one training para may baon naman ako paguwi ko sa atin. Most of the time kapag may mga local trainers na nakikita ako sa tournament na-appreciate nila yung skills ko lalo na alam nila na Pilipino. They would normally offer me free training and I would grab it always. Gusto ko lang talaga magpagaling pa.I really wanna make my family proud lalo na ang bansa natin if given a chance.”
For now, Competente is focused on improving his craft more. He has yet to make a decision where and when will he decide to go back to the Philippines
“As of now, wala pa ako masabi na definite time, pero all I can say is kapag pakiramdam ko ready na talaga ako in two years time eh babalik ako,” wrote Competente, a member of the three-peat champion squad of La Salle Greenhills in the Milo-SBP tournament.
The young player wants to experience as many competition he could join to toughen up and be more equipped. It’s a fitting preparation for high school or junior high school and hopefully, get noticed by the Gilas Pilipinas national youth team in the coming years.
“Gusto ko pa din ma-experience every level of basketball competition starting from junior level. Kung saan, wala naman plano. Siguro kung sino ang hindi makakalimot and kung san magiging happy maglaro dun ako,” he added.