Almost Famous: Jamito ready to shed ‘anonymous’ tag with Ginebra

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Ginebra’s new bruising big man Jammer Jamito relished the turnaround of his basketball career from being an unknown cager to being a part of the most popular ballclub in the country.

“Nagpapasalamat ako kay God, tsaka sa mga Ginebra fans,” said Jamito after granting photo opportunities with some of the fans present in their practice.

Agreeing to a one-year, P920,000 deal with the Gin Kings, the former St. Claire forward looks forward on showing his worth against the best in the league, especially his idol and Star veteran forward Marc Pingris.

This early, Jamito already imagines himself taking part of the storied rivalry of Ginebra and Star.

“Oo, excited na ako sa Manila Clasico,” he said with a smile.

Jamito actually started his assignment early, together with fellow rookie Kevin Ferrer, as they are currently undergoing skills training since October 3 with coach Kirk Collier.

“Para matuto kami agad para ‘di masyadong mangapa tsaka pakundisyon rin,” said Jamito.

Ginebra coach Tim Cone firmly believes Jamito has the makings to be the second coming of workhorse big man Gabby Espinas.

“That he’s ceiling whether if he can reach it, that’s another thing. If he reach just 50% of Gabby (Espinas), that’s good for us,” said Cone.

And it’s a badge of honor Jamito will try to live up to as he gears for the Philippine Cup wars.

“Isang karangalan yun kasi tagal niya na naglalaro dito eh,” he said.

Aware of the fact that he will compete for minutes in Ginebra’s balanced roster, Jamito leaves it to the multi-titled mentor to figure out his place with the team.

“Alam na nila coach Tim, sila na bahala dun. Pero kahit ano naman okay naman sa akin, blessing pa rin yun,” he said. – By Jason Mercene