The game of basketball has evolved a lot in this time and age, as reflected in how the game is played on the international scene particularly in the NBA. It is said that long-range shooting is the “new normal” in this sport.
Today, this notion has been added to the fact that centers and forwards should also know how to create mid-range and long-range shots. Such is the case of this young and upcoming sharpshooting cager and model from La Salle Antipolo. Meet Ezekeil Fondevilla.
Born on Feb. 16, 2002 in Sta. Mesa, Manila to Romarico Fondevilla, and Marites Fondevilla, the 5-foot-11 athlete from La Salle College Antipolo is currently studying STEM as a grade 11 student. He plays point guard and shooting guard for his team. His favorite shot is 3-point long-range shots, which he is known for in the hardcourt.
Asked how he manages to balance his studies and his love for basketball, Ezekeil explained that even before he started his career as a basketball player, he already conditioned himself to the possibility that his studies would be affected.
“Of course I wouldn’t let my passion for basketball ruin my academic life. The most important thing for me to consider when balancing between my studies and basketball is to manage my time properly. Time management is really important since if I can’t manage my time between my career and academics properly, I would have a difficult time maintaining my grades,” said Ezi, as he is fondly called.
His career-high in points is 34 when he was in grade 9 during the Private School basketball League (PSBL) against Letran Knights. He lists Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James as his idols. His favorite team in the NBA is the Golden State Warriors.
When it comes to keeping his body healthy and fit for the game, “I am not really picky when it comes to the food that I eat but I only eat in moderation and what’s enough to maintain my body. I exercise regularly for about 2 to 3 times a day but before I do that, I would jog first for about 30 minutes”, said Ezi.
The teen cager dreams of becoming a successful businessman in the future so that he can give back to his parents and to the people who have helped him grow.
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