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Jack Animam pursues US basketball dream

Beatrice Go
Jack Animam pursues US basketball dream

US DREAM. Jack Animam (3rd from the left) joins the East West Private family.

East West Private's Instagram

Filipina basketball star Jack Animam signs with East West Private, which also manages Kai Sotto

Multi-titled Filipina basketball star Jack Animam took her talents to the US as she signed with Ohio-based talent management firm East West Private.

In a series of Instagram posts from the management group on Tuesday, May 18, Animam was joined by Far Eastern University’s Cholo Anonuevo and former University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroon Kobe Paras.

Maniwala (Believe). Family uplifting Family. No one left behind. If you BELIEVE in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards,” read the post.

East West Private also manages Kai Sotto, who will soon make his professional basketball debut in the Australian NBL with the Adelaide 36ers.

Animam currently holds an undefeated collegiate basketball record after five years playing for the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs and a one-year stint with Shih Hsin University in the University Basketball Association (UBA) in Taiwan.

Animam was pivotal in helping the NU Lady Bulldogs maintain an ongoing UAAP undefeated record of 96-0.

She also led Shih Hsin University to a perfect 18-0 record and eventually copped the championship with the team last March.

Animam wrapped up her Taiwan campaign with norms of 17.1 points, 14.1 rebounds, 2.6 steals, and 1.9 blocks. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.