Animam's Taiwan stint will benefit national team, says Gilas coach

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2020 02:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Jack Animam remains fully committed to the Gilas Pilipinas women's program, even after signing as an import at Shih Hsin University in Taiwan.

"Gilas pa din ang priority," Animam said in a message to ABS-CBN News.

Animam, a five-time champion with National University (NU), will play in Taiwan's University Basketball Association. She follows the footsteps of other NU icons in Gemma Miranda and Afril Bernardino, who had previously played as imports in Malaysia.

NU head coach Patrick Aquino, who also calls the shot for the Philippine women's national team, said Animam's move will be beneficial not just for her, but for the entire program.

"(I'm) proud of her and happy for the opportunity for her to learn more," Aquino said of Animam, the UAAP Season 80 Most Valuable Player.

"This will not only be good for Jack's career, but it will also benefit the national women's basketball program," he added.

Animam is a cornerstone of the Philippine women's national team, having been part of the squads that won the gold medals in both the 3x3 and 5-on-5 competitions in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. 

Aside from Animam, Far Eastern University's Ken Tuffin and Ateneo de Manila University's Thirdy Ravena have also taken their talents abroad, playing in leagues in New Zealand and Japan, respectively.

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