MANILA, Philippines – High-flying Cebuana forward Vic Manuel was named the Best Player of the Conference in the recently concluded PBA Developmental League Aspirants’ Cup.
Manuel averaged 15.9 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Cebuana Lhuiller Gems, who made it to the playoffs of the D-League before falling to the Freego Jeans Makers.
Manuel told PBADLeague.com that he is determined help the Gems win the championship in the next conference.
“Malaki talaga ang expectations ng lahat na mapa-champion ang team,” he said. “Next conference gagawin kong lahat para masuklian ang tiwala ni coach (Luigi Trillo) at ang suporta ng management.”
The former Jaguar from the Philippine School of Business Administration intends to declare for the PBA draft after this D-League season.
“Desidido na akong mga-pro pagtapos nito,” he said. “Sana may magbigay ng chance sa pros.”
Manuel is thankful for the time he has spent playing for Cebuana, saying he has learned a lot from Trillo.
“Nagkaroon ako ng malaking kumpyansa sa laro ko,” Manuel said.