Done with justifying transfer, Ildefonso eyes bigger year for NU
Dave Ildefonso spent most of last season justifying his move to National U from Ateneo with stellar performances, none of which resulted in an individual accolade at the end of the season or even a Final Four berth for the Bulldogs.
But armed with more experience—including in the world stage—Ildefonso sees a big year ahead for himself and a National U team that hopes to return to the playoffs in UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament kicking off on Wednesday.
“From my first season, there was a lot of pressure because a lot of people were questioning my move to NU from Ateneo but I thought that was the best move for me,” said Ildefonso. “Coming into Season 2, I’ve faced all the players especially those who are better than me so I know what to expect now.”
Ildefonso, the son of PBA great Danny Ildefonso, will remain as the Bulldogs’ main man as they seek to turn things around from a 4-10 finish in Season 81.
But unlike last year, Ildefonso will be equipped with a game sharpened by his stint for the national Under-19 team in the Fiba World Championships in Greece.
“I learned so much from Greece and I’m going to take it back here,” he said.
Even NU coach Jamike Jarin said Ildefonso’s experience in Greece should help the Bulldogs.
“It really helps because not everyone gets a chance to play the best players in the world and competing in the Fiba Under-19 World Championships,” said Jarin, whose team opens against Adamson on Sunday.