- October 10, 2023 09:37
By Trisha Marie L. Abuyan and James Pascua
Photo courtesy of The UAAP
The standout of Far Eastern University (FEU) Baby Tamaraws, Cholo Anonuevo left for the United States last month to charge for his National Basketball Association (NBA) dream by training with the East West Private (EWP).
Anonuevo is set to have a one-year training with EWP in Ohio, the same agency that handled Kai Sotto and eventually hopes to get a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 offer or to be part of the G-League like Sotto.
“It [is] such an honor because not everyone is given a chance to train here in the US, and my end goal is the NBA, and I hope to go into a Division 1 school or G league like Kai. We will see what happens and what options I have,” Anonuevo stated.
The 6-foot-4 forward left a mark in the University Athletic Association of the Philippine (UAAP) juniors with his size and athleticism, averaging nine points and nine rebounds per game with four assists and two steals for the Baby Tams.
The lefty cager shared to an online interview with FEU Advocate the skill sets he want to improve as a player which are dribbling and shooting to be more like of a point guard.
Anonuevo had a very smooth exit from FEU as he gained the support of the management. However, the University assures that their doors shall remain open for Cholo if he chooses to come back to the green-and-gold.
“The management in FEU helped me and supported me all the way and told me that I could come back if nothing happens, but they wish me the best,” said Anonuevo.
Looking back, adjustments had to be made as Anonuevo was fresh from Ireland before joining the Diliman-based squad in 2018. As for his bonds with his teammates, Anonuevo is glad to have shared a meaningful relationship with them.
“I loved my time playing with the Baby Tams and I was getting ready for the seniors team [when] all of a sudden I got an offer to go to America and play...those bonds I made with my teammates there, they won’t go away. We had memories to look back on and laugh at,”he expressed.
A lot of opportunities have opened for the 18-year old former Baby Tam this year; but for now, becoming a better athlete and improving his game are his main goal.