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15-year-old Steve Nash Enriquez may be as good as his namesake

Don't let the name fool you, but Steve Nash Enriquez is legit.

Amid all the budding talent in the recently concluded Elite 60 Development Camp, a gathering of the nation's top 16-and-under players, Enriquez stood as the best and brightest among his peers.

And that's not just because he is named after the Phoenix Suns legend.

Enriquez, a fearless and tenacious guard out of the University of the Visayas has certainly started to make a name for himself back home in Cebu and is now slowly making heads turn in Manila.

He first competed in the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) National Finals last March and was invited to the Elite 60 camp by coach Eric Altamirano.

"I didn't think I'd get in because I'm from Cebu," Enriquez said after the four-day camp concluded last Sunday. "It's a great experience that coach Eric got me. My huge thanks to him and all the coaches. Without them, I wouldn't be here."

Enriquez, 15, is a third-generation player whose late uncle is former M. Lhuiller cager Woodraw Enriquez, His grandfather is PBA pioneer Alfredo Enriquez. His parents were huge fans of Steve Nash in the early 2000s and named him after the two-time NBA MVP.

"I still think about it," Enriquez said with a light chuckle on the weight of his name. "But I need to stay humble."

Enriquez played so well in the Elite 60 camp that he was selected as one of only two players invited to the United States to receive additional training.

"I didn't really expect it. When were in Cebu, I told everyone that I need to give my best because there are a lot of great players here," he said after he helped his team win both the camp's championship game and All-Star game.

The soft-spoken guard is taking his talents further after receiving a Batang Gilas call-up.

"I'm so happy because this is my dream," he said.

As a kid from Cebu, he recalled that he always wanted to be part of Gilas. He looked up to Jayson Castro's skills and also because the Gilas guard resembled his uncle.

It seems that sky is the limit for the kid whose name is as famous as they come. Beyond the training in the United States and the Gilas invite, Enriquez also has a couple of schools waiting for him. He revealed that big programs like NU, Adamson, San Beda, FEU, and Ateneo are already trying to recruit him.

"I'm willing to stay here in Manila because there are schools trying to get me," said Enriquez, who is an incoming Grade 10 student. "The problem is that my old school might not release me, but I really want to go to Manila."

During the All-Star game of the Elite 60 camp, Enriquez put on a show. With the game still in the balance, he got an offensive rebound, sized up his defender with time running down, blew past him with a gutsy drive, and finished with his left hand to provide the dagger.

Steve Nash Enriquez. That's a name you won't forget any time soon.