NCAA: Renz Navarro believes Lyceum in good hands with new leader Mac Guadaña
MANILA, Philippines—After playing the last game of his collegiate career, Lyceum guard Renzo Navarro is handing the keys of floor general to a key holdover for NCAA Season 99.
Navarro, who wrapped up his NCAA stint after a loss against Letran in the Final Four, 67-58, said he is entrusting the Pirates’ “leader” spot to Mac Guadaña.
“I told Mac, I will leave my role with him because he’s the most capable of doing what I did. He also came from the Juniors [division], already doing what he’s doing now, which is leading a team,” said the graduating guard who finished with two points and four assists on Tuesday.
Guadaña, who was this season’s Player of the Week at one point, has big shoes to fill in terms of assists, as he only averaged 1.8 per outing while Navarro led the team with 5.3 a game.
But the PBA Draft aspirant is confident his young protege will be able to adapt as a floor general as long as he stays “ready.”
“He just needs to be ready. I even told him, he’s better than me, he can handle it, just prepare himself,” Navarro explained.
What Guadaña lacked in assists, however, he made up for in scoring as he finished Season 98 as the second-leading scorer for Lyceum with 11.1 points per game.
The masked guard will be helped by John Barba and Enoch Valdez in leading Lyceum, which finished with a 12-6 record, for Season 99 under coach Gilbert Malabanan.