Jordi Gomez de Liaño had a tough choice to make over the past few months.
With his Grade 12 year flushed out due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, he could not showcase himself as the UAAP Season 83 tournament was canceled.
Of course, there’s the dream of playing alongside his brothers Joe, Juan, and Javi in University of the Philippines. However, Juan’s UAAP eligibility has already lapsed after playing in pro league Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3.
Moreover, the Fighting Maroons have loaded themselves up in the swingman position with returning student-athletes Javi, Ricci Rivero, and James Spencer, along with new recruits CJ Cansino, RC Calimag, Terrence Fortea, and Anton Eusebio.
So where will the 6-foot-5 fit the most?
Well, when University of Santo Tomas pitched to him two months ago, it was like a match made in heaven. The Growling Tigers can help him develop while giving him much exposure following the departures of Cansino and Rhenz Abando.
And last weekend, he finally made his decision. From a Junior Maroon, he is going to grow up as a Growling Tiger.
“I feel I can improve my skills and character with the coaching staff, management, and my teammates,” the 18-year-old big guard shared to Tiebreaker Times.
“I feel like it’s my destiny and I’m really excited to be a part of this journey.”
The decision wasn’t easy, though, as he will be leaving Diliman — a place he has called home over the past six years.
“As you know UPIS been my home for the past six years,” he shared.
“Leaving UP is one of the biggest life decisions I have to face.
“I’m gonna miss UP a lot from the people to the environment, but this is a part of my journey so let’s just see from here,” he closed.