Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo from William Woods University


Despite going to Ginebra, Brian Enriquez will forever look back on ‘lost year’ with wonder

Late last year, Brian Enriquez had firmly decided to join University of the East for a one-and-done stint in the UAAP. Eight months later, he is now a Gin King.

It was an unexpected twist for the 25-year-old Filipino-American guard, as he was drafted by Ginebra as the 13th overall pick in the 2021 PBA Draft.

Even Enriquez himself felt a little surprised with how things turned out last Sunday.

“Yeah I was pretty surprised,” Enriquez told Tiebreaker Times.

“But I had a feeling that after my workout that there was a chance I could fall to them. Just wasn’t sure what round it would be.”

Enriquez is a versatile swingman who stands at 6-foot-3, but was little-known entering the draft. A quick search on the internet would show that he played and studied at William Woods University, a private school in Fulton, Missouri.

The UAAP would have been his introduction, but Season 83 was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Same with the prelude to the draft madness, the rookie combine.

And so he had to make it big during the tryouts. There, he was able to have a quick chat with decorated head coach Tim Cone.

It was love at first sight, to say the least.

“I’m really excited to be part of such a winning culture.

“Coach Tim Cone is one of the best to ever do it, so getting to pick his brain every day can only help me grow as a player and also as a person,” gushed Enriquez.

Enriquez admits he knows little about Philippine basketball save for watching a few Ginebra games. But he admires the likes of LA Tenorio, Jared Dillinger, and Joe Devance.

#ReadMore  Kristina Knott at ease in Nagasaki camp

Another thing he admires is the One Ginebra Nation and its ‘Never Say Die’ culture. With that, he needs to brush on a lot.

“I don’t know much about it but I do know it’s a proven culture. Back-to-back championships is a tough task for any team.”

Everything might have ended well for Enriquez. But of course, there’s a part of him that will always look back on his “lost year.”

“I wouldn’t say it was worth skipping because I do wish I could have gotten a season in with Coach Jack [Santiago] and Coach Jamike [Jarin] in UE, but I do understand that life throws things at you and it’s your job to adapt and grow. I’m grateful for how everything turned out but a part of me wonders what could have been.”

Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

2020 Tokyo Olympics

After 364 days since its supposed opening, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad finally commenced in Tokyo in the face of the current global...


The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is one with PERBASI as the Indonesian federation has been forced to postpone the FIBA Asia Cup slated to...


It looks like June Mar Fajardo is slowly getting his form back. In his second game back from a year-long layoff due to a...


Aljon Mariano could miss a significant amount of time for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel — or worse, the entire 2021 PBA Philippine Cup. Head...


San Miguel flexed its might and obliterated NLEX, 110-93, for its first win in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup, Friday night at the Ynares...


BACARRA, ILOCOS NORTE — Back in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League season, Bea De Leon was hampered by a nagging shin injury which she...


There has been much curiosity online when Christian Standhardinger made his much-awaited debut for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel last Sunday. While many have been...


PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR — In just four days, Jumbo Plastic-Basilan has reset multiple 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup records. The Peace Riders...