Agdao cager who learned basketball at 17 is now in PBA

Agdao cager who learned basketball at 17 is now in PBA
Davaoeño and Meralco Bols second-year player Michael Mirafuentes Cañete. (Photo: Michael Mirafuentes Cañete Facebook page)

DAVAO CITY – If you have the passion, you will certainly achieve your dreams even if you start late.

This is exactly what happened to Davaoeño and Meralco Bols second-year player Michael Mirafuentes Cañete.

In the online sports podcast Game Changer on Thursday night, Canete, a resident of Leon Garcia, Agdao in this city, admitted that he is a late bloomer in the sport of basketball.

Canete said he only learned basketball at 17 years old after he graduated from high school.

“After nang high school graduation ko halos lahat ng school napag-tryoutan ko”, Canete said on the debut episode of the Davao City-based sports podcast.

The former player of St. John Paul College of Davao Saints and Arellano University Chiefs said he really worked hard to have a college scholarship to help his parents.

“Nung nag start ako sa varsity player rebounding lang talaga alam ko pero dahil sa tulong ni coach nag-improve ako kada taon hanggang napunta na sa ako sa Maynila,” Canete revealed.

The Davaoeño forward is grateful for the support and help given to him by Saints coach Howard Delgado where he played for four years before transfering to Arellano.

“Salamat talaga coach sa tulong at guidance sa basketball career ko,” he said.

Now that he finally fulfilled his dream of making it to the PBA and finally playing this year after missing the PBA Bubble tournament last year, the 6’4 Davaoeño vowed to train harder and stay in shape at all times.

“Since last year pa nang hindi ako nakasali sa PBA bubble nag individual workout ako,” he added.

To all those basketball players who wish to enter the PBA in the future, Canete said all they have to do is to work hard and dream big.

Meanwhile, Delgado who also guested on the same podcast expressed great joy that his former player Canete has finally made it to the PBA.

“Dahi sa hard work ni Canete palagi kaming nanalo sa local tournaments namin dito sa Davao noon,” Delgado said.