Metro Manila, Philippines – It’s no secret that one of the biggest surprises so far in the 2016 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 has been the stellar performance of the Adamson University Soaring Falcons guard Jerrick Ahanmisi. He is averaging around 23.5 points on 71-percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds, and two assists per game.
Jerick Ahanmisi is the younger brother of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie of the Year Candidate Maverick Ahanmisi from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Maverick has witnessed the play his younger sibling in the UAAP for the first time on Sunday, September 11th.
Jerrick and the Adamson Soaring Falcons has been defeated to reigning champion Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws. After the contest, Maverick discussed how he proud he is with the performance of his younger brother, whom he feels has found the right fit under the helm of head coach Franz Pumaren as well as in the system of the team.
“I think he’s playing well. It just happened for him to be in a system where he’s comfortable.” Maverick said after the game pertaining to his litle brother. “He’s under a coach that believes in him, so for me, helping him out and stuff, to find a school, that was the biggest thing for me. To find a coach like Coach Franz who’s going to push him and also believe in him,” Maverick added.
Many UAAP freshmen take time before putting up scoring big number of points, but not the case for Jerrick. In his two starts in the their campaign, Jerrick’s got a pretty good skills set, shooting 7-of-10 from the deep three-pointer, 8-of-11 in inside the arc, and 10-of-12 from the foul stripe. With 9 of his 15 points were even considered by the UAAP stats as “defended.”
“I already knew he was going to score, that’s what he likes to do,” the PBA player said. “The biggest thing for me is the transition to the physicality.”
“I thought that was going to be a big thing, but like I said, Coach Franz and the coaching staff got that into him real quick,” he further said.
Before launching his collegiate varsity sports league career in Adamson, Ahanmisi tried out for three different men’s varsity teams: De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers, Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, and National University (NU). However, there were no more spots for Ahanmisi with the DLSU and ADMU because of their their roster in guard rotations are already loaded. And with the NU, it simply just didn’t push through.
“The satisfaction for me is to see that Coach Franz gave him the chance and he’s giving that trust back to Coach Franz. Showing him that he didn’t make the wrong decision,” said the older Ahanmisi. The Ahanmisi brothers have become known as solid shooters from behind the arc.