Lyceum’s wonder twins have made their hard decision.
After weeks of deep thought, Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino have decided to throw their name in the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft, ending their stellar three-year run in Lyceum.
And the 23-year-old siblings, who still have one year of eligibility left, needed to do it for their family.
“Para sa pamilya. ‘Yun lang naman po reason namin para magpa-draft kasi gusto na po namin tulungan pamilya namin,” said Jaycee.
“Dito na kami makakabawi sa pamilya namin. Eto ‘yung paraan para matulungan namin sila.”
“Para sa family namin kung bakit kami magpapa-draft ngayon, lalo na sa anak ko,” added Jayvee.
“Gusto ko mabigay kung anong mga gusto niya.”
This marks an end of an era in Lyceum basketball.
The twins, together with CJ Perez, MJ Ayaay, and Mike Nzeusseu, were the catalysts in one of the biggest turnarounds in modern NCAA history.
Lyceum — who failed to make the Final Four in its first six years in the Grand Old League — made it to two consecutive Finals appearances with the quintet leading the way. This included a 16-game sweep of Season 93.
In Season 95, the twins and Nzeusseu led Lyceum to a third-place finish. Jaycee averaged 18.6 points on 53.2-percent shooting to go along with 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.4 steals per game; meanwhile, Jayvee adding 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.2 steals. Jaycee made it to the All-NCAA team.
Now, though, all five will be gone come Season 96.
Still, the two will continue to give honor to Lyceum and their mentor Topex Robinson wherever they go.
“Gusto ko kahit wala na kami sa LPU, maging proud pa din sila sa amin,” Jaycee shared.
“Kung ‘di dahil sa LPU at kay coach Topex, walang Marclino twins. Kung saan man kami makarating magkambal, ipagmamalaki namin na Lyceans kami,” Jayvee closed.
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