Jake Figueroa has decided to stay with the school that has become his home over the last two years.
The reigning UAAP High School Boys’ Basketball Most Valuable Player will remain at Adamson University for college.
The 18-year-old confirmed the development to Tiebreaker Times.
“Kasi po, siyempre dun po ako nakilala. Kung hindi dahil sa kanila, hindi po ako makilala. Hindi na po ako nagdalawang isip na mag-transfer pa sa iba,” said the native of Pampanga to Tiebreaker Times.
Figueroa averaged 13.19 points, 14.19 rebounds, 3.13 assists, 1.56 steals, and 1.56 blocks in his only year in Adamson high school. Besides winning MVP honors, he also led the Baby Falcons to a third place finish.
Due to the cancellation of the UAAP Season 83 tournament, the Baby Falcons could not continue their ascent. And with Matty Erolon and Joshua Barcelona also opting to stay in Adamson, Figueroa made sure that he can continue to battle with them.
“‘Yun ‘yung sabi nila sa akin, na gusto pa nila makasama. Hindi ko sila maiiwan ng ganun-ganun lang at gusto ko pa sila makasama,” he continued.
Other schools that tried to recruit him are University of Santo Tomas and University of the East.
In college, the 6-foot-3 big vows that he will do whatever is needed by the Soaring Falcons.
“Ako po kahit di ako ma-line up ngayon, gagawin ko ang lahat para makatulong ako sa team. Ngayong college, kailangan ko mag-double effort pa,” said Figueroa who is planning to take a course in Business Management in college.