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Heir apparent to the throne of a PBA star

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By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

For a father, there would be no higher compliment than the one which came from a son. And that act of gratitude shown by the son will always leave a mark every step of the way.
This is what college freshman Marcus Jerome Ejercito, one of the players in the NCR team in the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa held in Laguna last May, wants to impart on his dad who is a former PBA player, Gherome Eric Ejercito who played for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
Born Marcus Jerome R. Ejercito on November 4, 1996 in Mandaluyong City to parents Mr. Gherome Ejercito and Ms. Matz Ejercito, the 5’ 11” shooting guard from San Beda College is on his way to achieving his goal as one of the names to look out for in the collegiate basketball ranks.

Here is my interview with basketball’s future superstar Marcus Jerome Ejercito of San Beda Red Lions.
Paolo: What is your career high in points and what tournament is it?
MJ: In the Junior PBA I scored 31 points. I was a member of the Laguna team at that time.
Paolo: If there is an NBA player you wished to play with one-on-one, who will it be?
MJ: It will either be San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili or Houston Rockets’ James Harden. They are lefty and plays guard just like me.
Paolo: Who among the players you played with is the hardest to guard?
MJ: My dad. He is a tall point guard.
Paolo:What is your favorite shot?
MJ: Step back shot or side step shot.
Paolo: What exercises do you do and foods that you eat to be strong while playing?
MJ: Core and push ups, more on body weight. I eat steaks, more on protein and rice.
Paolo: How do you balance your studies and playing basketball?
MJ: There is time for basketball and there is time for studies. After practice, I do extra work then after that, the rest would be for school.
Paolo: What is your ambition in life?
MJ: I want to finish my school and also play basketball. I also want to have a business of my own.
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