The Importance of JP Erram
Six-peat? Or six feet under?
The Ateneo Blue Eagles lost six players in the persons of Tonino Gonzaga, Greg Slaughter, Nico Salva, Justin Chua, Oping Sumalinog, and Frank Golla. Every one of them are frontline players who were featured prominently these last few years. That leaves the team with a smaller lineup for the next season.
Under the new head coach, Bo Perasol, Ateneo will attempt an up-tempo running game, but for this to be a success they will need a good rebounder. Coach Perasol remind his players that in this play, “No rebounds, no fastbreaks”. That is why JP Erram is an important factor on this strategy.
Last season, Erram was injured during the second round match of Ateneo against Adamson when he was accidentally pulled down by Eric Camson. Erram confirmed that he can resume practicing by the end of March.
“I feel that since this is Poy’s last year, it would be his breakout year and he will lead the front line of the team,” said Perasol. “And I believe that he is ready to shine.”
Incoming junior Kiefer Ravena also said that “the comeback of Poy will be a big help for us. Para sa mga championship games may mga experience na siya na nakuha dun and lastly siya lang yun pinakamatangkad sa amin so malaking tulong sa amin yun lalo na sa rebound”.
People will be seeing a different Ateneo Men’s Basketball Team this coming UAAP season with a new coach, new lineup and new play.