MANILA, Philippines—Mapua captain Warren Bonifacio received’t be missing motivation heading into the NCAA Season 99.
Bonifacio is driving excessive after he was chosen by the Magnolia Hotshots within the fifth spherical of the 2023 PBA Draft.
However being drafted doesn’t assure something and getting signed to make an precise PBA roster is a special story.
That’s why Bonifacio treats the upcoming NCAA season as his audition for the PBA and a manner for him to bolster his inventory.
“It boosts my morale as a result of I received drafted however it doesn’t finish there. I nonetheless have to signal [a contract] so I’ll give my all right here within the NCAA so I may be seen by PBA coaches extra, particularly Magnolia, to allow them to see what I can do,” mentioned Bonifacio at Mall of Asia Area on Thursday.
“They had been glad for me. After I received to our dorm after the Draft, they congratulated me and it warmed my coronary heart.”
After a stellar Season 97 which noticed Mapua attain the Finals towards Letran, the Cardinals wilted beneath stress and missed out on a Ultimate 4 spot the next season.
Nonetheless, Bonifacio confirmed why he’s one of many collegiate league’s high huge males by averaging 10.8 factors and seven.8 rebounds per recreation.
A sluggish begin price the Cardinals a visit to the NCAA semifinals final season so the squad is raring to begin sturdy in hopes of creating a return to the Ultimate 4.
“Our chemistry now’s extra entire. We received to know one another extra within the staff. All of us tailored instantly to the system that our coaches needed,” defined Bonifacio in Filipino.
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The Cardinals start their Season 99 marketing campaign towards the San Sebastian Stags on Tuesday at San Juan Area.