DESPITE juicy offers he received from Manila schools, up and coming Cebuano sensation Raul Jancork Cabahug remained loyal to the school that gave him break when he was still a liability to the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers.
Cabahug, who recently displayed his capability and skills in front of drooling Manila team scouts, refused to commit to any team as he decides to prioritize his studies and commitment to UV.
“I have a commitment with UV. I am going to play next season with the Baby Lancers. Maybe I’ll consider playing in Manila in college but not yet. I still have one more year to play and I’m going to honor my commitment to UV,” Cabahug told Sun.Star Cebu.
Cabahug’s guardians, his grandparents, former Mandaue City councilor Raul and his wife and current city councilor Editha, confirmed that many school team managers approached them seeking their permission to take the young prospect into their fold.
“When San Beda heard Jancork will be trying out for the Batang Gilas, they offered us to shoulder our tickets to Manila and back. We declined because by accepting that would mean we’re already accepting their offers. We’re flattered the way they took notice of Jancork. But for now, he was committed to play for UV and that is final,” said Raul Cabahug.
Aside from San Beda, the young Cabahug also got feelers from Adamson University, Ateneo Blue Eagles and La Salle Green Archers.
“Aside from San Beda, we were also approached by some scouts who told us they were from Adamson, Ateneo and La Salle. It is really flattering having UAAP schools taking interest in him. Still we have to honor our commitment to UV. He was treated nicely by the management and there is no reason for us to turn our backs on UV,” added the older Cabahug.
Jancork who will be playing for his final year in high school this August if the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) won’t amend its age limit, is also looking forward for his final appearance in the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (Cviraa) in February.
“I can’t let my final year to play in the Cviraa pass. Maybe our practice with the Batang Gilas Pool will be held on weekends. But I am going to ask permission from the coaching staff, to allow me to join the team (Cebu City, which was represented by UV) because this will be the last time that I will be playing for the Cviraa,” the youthful baller stressed.
Aside from the Cviraa, Cabahug is also on the top of preparation as the Baby Lancers are shooting to unseat defending national champions Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles from the National Basketball Training Center Elite League title.