Graduating senior Simon Camacho is prepared for the challenge as the new team captain and for the expectations to carry the Falcons back to the final four – or hopefully all the way to a Finals appearance in his swan song.
“Syempre malaki yung pressure kasi ako yung leader inside and outside the court talaga, at dahil din hindi ko inasahan na ako yung mapipili ni coach,” he shared.
The 6’4” forward started playing for Adamson in 2016 – his toughest year to date in his UAAP career, the same time head coach Franz Pumaren entered the Falcon’s Nest.
“Nung Season 79, dun talaga yung pinakanahirapan ako. Dun ako nachallenge sobra ni coach at napagisip-isip ko kung ipagpapatuloy ko pa ba,” the 23-year old Caviteño shared. “Pero di ako sumuko at ngayon, nasa position na ako na pili lang ang pwede magkaroon.”
He has high expectations for his team to perform and likewise, individually to do their respective parts, especially the rookies who have adapted to coach Franz’s system even after just a couple of months since joining the team.
Camacho describes himself as a brother rather than a ‘captain’. “Gusto ko na comfortable sila na manghingi ng advice sa akin on and off the court kahit na minsan napapagalitan ko sila,” the newly-minted captain enthused.
When asked what would be his message to student-athletes who are still finding their way in their chosen sport : “Masasabi ko lang wag sila sumuko kasi may right timing para sa lahat ng bagay. Tuloy mo lang at maabot mo din ang gusto mo.”
Camacho was named to the Mythical 5 in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup 2019 and believes this would be his edge in his final year in the UAAP.