TWO years removed from playing on Philippine soil, Jerick Cañada is returning home to play for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
And just like other Pinoy ballers taking pride of playing in front of a wildly-cheering local crowd, the former PBA player is looking forward playing in the fastest growing regional cage league.
Cañada will join former Blackwater teammate Jason Melano at the Bulacan Kuyas camp, where they will be reunited with old coach Britt Reroma.
Reroma took over the coaching reins from ex-Air 21 Express player Chris Baluyot, who decided to concentrate on playing.
The itch to play in front of a huge crowd is something that excites Cañada, a former point guard from Adamson University.
“It’s a great league kasi maraming natutulungan na players and coaches. Atsaka masarap maglaro kasi laging maraming taong nanonood,” Cañada wrote in an exclusive online interview with FOX Sports Philippines. “Napanood ko sa TV. Ang saya grabe yung taong nanonood.”
He will get to experience more of that in the coming MPBL season on June 12.
For the past two years, Cañada played in Thailand, then joined Reroma in Panalay in Malaysia where they won a championship.
Over at the Bulacan Kuyas camp, Cañada will shore up a backcourt that also has fellow ex-pro James Martinez, Jerome Villanueva and new recruit Joseph Celso.
For now, Cañada is more focused on strengthening his knee after suffering from an ACL injury a few months ago.
“Strengthening na lang. Tumatakbo na nga ako eh, so by June 12, I think OK na ako,” added Cañada.