Far Eastern University’s Jack Gloria caught the attention of sports fans and critics alike with a stellar performance that helped the Baby Tamaraws claim the championship over the NU Bullpups in the UAAP Season 79 Juniors Basketball tournament. A crucial contributor to the Baby Tamaraws’ success with an average rebounding of 7.6 in the elimination round, the 5-foot-11 star picked up the nickname “Baby Beast”, a comparison to Alaska Aces star Calvin Abueva. Admittedly, he is more than flattered by this, saying “Oo, natutuwa ako kasi idol ko siya.”
But while his reign as a high school basketball star is coming to a close, Gloria has a lot to look forward to.
His career in basketball started when former Alaska Ace Jojo Lastimosa, serving as assistant coach of the FEU Juniors basketball team, discovered him. The Olongapo native was a participant in the Alaska Power Camp in Subic, an annual summer sports program hosted by Alaska that aims to engage the young ones to develop their skills in various sporting activities. After being spotted by Lastimosa, he trained under him and was eventually recruited in to the team.
In addition to their physical similarities and playing styles, sports enthusiasts are saying that Jack Gloria may be a potential pro on the rise. But despite the attention he is receiving, Gloria prefers to keep his feet on the ground and remain humble. With his collegiate basketball career just around the corner, he acknowledges that he still has a lot to improve on in terms of his shooting and dribbling skills. But before all that, his current focus is still put on finishing his high school studies before anything.
With so much in store for this budding basketball superstar, Jack Gloria proves that it’s never too early to aspire to be as great as our idols. With enough passion and determination to do better in the game, it might just be a matter of time until we see more of Jack “Baby Beast” Gloria on the court. Whatever the future of this young athlete may be, it definitely seems like a promising one.
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