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‘Underrated, complete player’ Harold Alarcon to strengthen UP Maroons

Naveen Ganglani
‘Underrated, complete player’ Harold Alarcon to strengthen UP Maroons

RIDE OR DIE. Harold Alarcon looks to build chemistry with his new teammates in UP.

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Former NU Bullpup Harold Alarcon takes his talents to the UP Fighting Maroons

The UP Fighting Maroons added another talented young player to their ranks with the successful commitment of former UAAP high school champion and Silay City, Negros Occidental-native Harold Alarcon.

The player, his coach Goldwin Monteverde, and University of the Philippines team manager Agaton Uvero all confirmed the development to Rappler on Thursday, September 28, shortly after the 2002-born blue-chipper was spotted on an image of Monteverde’s first Zoom meeting with his new team.

To be honest, I chose UP kasi, una, not to sound cliché, pero UP is isa sa may mga magandang education and malaking tulong siya sakin and for my growth as a college student,” Alarcon explained, also adding that he ultimately plans to take up Bachelor in Sports Science in UP’s College of Human Kinetics.

(To be honest and not to sound cliche, I chose UP firstly because it is one of the universities with the best education and it will greatly help me in my growth as a college student.)

Ateneo, La Salle, and National University also sought Alarcon, who was also swayed by reuniting with his high school head coach and teammates, like Gerry Abadiano, Carl Tamayo, and Terrence Fortea.

Big factor na din nung nalaman ko si Coach Gold dun din gusto ituloy ang career niya as a coach [at UP], so nung time na gusto niya ako for his team, gri-nab ko na ang opportunity na yun. Siya ang una nag mold and nag handle saakin pag-dating ko dito sa Manila.

(It was a big factor that Coach Gold wanted to continue his career as a coach for UP, so when he wanted me to be part of his team, I grabbed that opportunity. He was the first to mold and handle me when I came to Manila.)

For his part, Monteverde has high praises for Alarcon’s skillset, saying he has “always been an underrated complete player.”

The multi-titled UAAP champion coach added that “he (Alarcon) is tenacious on defense and plays well within a system. He is also a terrific offensive rebounder. Overall he’s just an intelligent basketball player.”

Alarcon believes he still has ways to go when it comes to improving as an all-around basketball player.

Masasabi ko na madami pa ako makukuha sa kanya when it comes sa basketball and growth. Tiwala ako sa kanya and tiwala din siya sakin. And tiwala din ako sa mga bago kong teammates. Magtulungan lang kami para malabas lang yung best namin inside and outside ng basketball court.”

(I can say that I can learn more from him when it comes to basketball and growth. We both have faith in each other. And I have faith in my new teammates. We’re going to help each other to show our best inside and outside the court.)

A loyal player, Alarcon considers himself the “ride-or-die” type. He feels that loyalty will pay off, given that he has already built chemistry with his former NU teammates, and plans to do the same with his new friends.

Kami-kami lang dati nag tutulungan sa high school and kami-kami lang din magtutulong kasama naman ang bago naming teammates.

(We’re the ones who were helping each other in high school and we’re also the ones who will be helping each other with our new teammates.)

The arrival of Alarcon signals the new era for the Fighting Maroons, as the program shifts to a fresh batch of recruits while veterans such as Kobe Paras and the Gomez De Liaños progress to the pro level. – Rappler.com