Change is an inevitable part of life – we say hello to new beginnings and goodbye to old memories. John Lloyd Clemente, the renowned sweet-shooting wing from National University Community, is bidding farewell to the Bulldogs as he embarks on a new journey in his basketball career journey with the Pampanga Giant Lanterns of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
For many players, basketball is more than just a sport – it’s a passion that drives them toward their dreams and aspirations. Clemente’s decision to pursue a professional basketball career in MPBL is not surprising, considering his remarkable performances over the years at NU.
As he said his goodbyes, Clemente expressed his gratitude to the NU community for their unwavering support and commitment in fostering his growth as a person and a player. He remarked, “Maraming salamat sa NU community sa pag-suporta sa’kin sa 10 years na paglalaro ko sa NU. It’s been an honor na makapaglaro para sa Bulldogs at Bullpups.”
Jeff Napa, the head coach from NU, also acknowledged Clemente’s contributions to the team and the NU community. He further emphasized the significance of nurturing student-athletes holistically, ensuring that they excel not only in athletics but also in academics. Jeff stated, “Siyempre, nagpapasalamat kami kay JLC para sa lahat ng nagawa niya para sa NU at sa NU community.”
Indeed, for young basketball players, it’s crucial to remember that their love and passion for the game should guide their choices. Embracing change and the journey that lies ahead will lead to personal and basketball-related development. Every step taken is an opportunity for growth and learning.
Clemente’s departure marks the end of one chapter for the Bulldogs but opens up new doors for other players to step up and shine. His legacy and commitment to the NU Basketball Program will always be remembered, inspiring future generations of basketball players to strive for excellence and embrace change.
Clemente’s bittersweet goodbye is a reminder that every farewell leads to a new beginning, full of endless possibilities and opportunities. As players embark on new journeys, they should hold onto their passion and love for the game, knowing that it will guide them toward success. We wish John Lloyd Clemente all the best in his future endeavors, and we look forward to seeing him shine in his new professional basketball career.