After nearly 5 years of waiting, former Green Archer Jerwin Gaco will finally make his professional debut in the upcoming PBA Fiesta conference. The 29 year-old forward will be among the four new faces that will suit up for the Barako Energy Coffee team.
Jerwin, as a graduate school student played for the Green Archers from 2003 to 2004. He was part of that bumper rookie class that included JV Casio and Ryan Araña.
Jerwin was indeed the most hardworking Archer during those years and he successfully filled in the void left by the departure of several veterans the season before. As a rookie, he immediately established himself as one of the prime catalysts of the team along with veterans Manny Ramos, Joseph Yeo and Mac Mac Cardona. Despite being a rookie-laden team in 2003, the Green Archers remained a contender and was just a win short of reaching the finals.
It was just unfortunate that he was snubbed during the 2005 PBA draft. He then played in the PBL and was part of those multi-titled Harbour Centre teams.
His big break came when he was chosen to be part of the Philippine Patriots in the Asean Basketball League. This was an opportunity for him to showcase his skills in the international level. The Patriots won the inaugural season.
Jerwin is a beast down low and a tenacious rebounder. He will be a perfect fit to the team’s brand which is associated with being tough and energetic.
Jerwin’s perseverance has finally paid-off and we wish him the best in his professional career.