Juan Gomez de Liaño still undecided about next UAAP season

Juan Gomez de Liaño said nothing is set in stone yet regarding his future with the University of the Philippines in the UAAP.

"As of now, I'm still undecided. I'm just taking things slowly. Just looking at other options. As of now, I'm still enrolled at UP," he said.

The 20-year-old guard endured an overall dip in his numbers during Season 82 after averaging only 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals on 32.4 percent from the field and 22.3 percent shooting on 3s.

To make matters worse, the younger Gomez de Liaño and the Fighting Maroons saw a hopeful season come to an end early in the Final Four after squandering a twice-to-beat advantage in a stepladder semifinals clash against University of Santo Tomas.

"After the season, I just took some sort of a vacation. Right now, getting back to work and getting back in shape," he said. "We fell short (but) I think it's all God's plan. I trust His timing and He's opening up doors for me, for my young career. I'm just really grateful for it. I'm making the most out of it. Taking advantage of the chance I get.

Opportunities have come aplenty so far in 2020 for Gomez de Liaño, who calls his upcoming stint with Mighty Sports in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament a "growing and a learning experience."

"I feel like it's a big opportunity for me in terms of my basketball career. It's a great chance to develop my skills, especially going up against veterans and professionals. It's a great chance for me to learn and grow as a player," he said.

Gomez de Liaño is also looking forward to competing and practicing with fellow college standouts and PBA veterans in Gilas Pilipinas' 24-man pool for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.

"Just to be with them, compete with them every day. It's a chance for me to get better. It's different now because I came from college ball and we're talking about going to practice with pros. It's really a great chance for my basketball career," he said.

But before that, the guard says he's looking to take care of business first in Dubai while showing a more vocal and "complete" version of himself in Mighty Sports' bid to improve from a third-place finish last year.

"I feel like I've grown into a more complete player. I've been there, so I know what it takes and I'm just trying to be more of a leader now, more vocal, get my teammates involved and trying to set the tempo as well," he said.

"(I just have to play) with a lot of energy coming into every game and practice. Be a leader at point guard, just try to create for my teammates, set them up first before I try to score, and just set the tempo, set the pace and just be more vocal because that's what I lacked last year in my Mighty stint."