Apr 30, 2021

Teammates recall Bolick as diligent student at San Beda

ROBERT Bolick is not only good on the basketball court, but inside the classroom, too.

Two former teammates at San Beda, including classmate Calvin Oftana, could attest at how diligent Bolick was as a student during his time at the Mendiola-based school.

Oftana, the no. 3 overall pick of NLEX in the last rookie draft, said the 25-year-old guard was a big help to him and another San Beda teammate John Bryle Bahio especially in terms of school assignments and other paper works.

"Si Robert iba yan pagdating sa teacher. Iba guts niyan. Alam niyang makuhang yung loob ng teacher. Patatawanin niya lang. Madiskarte talaga yan," said Oftana, who came at San Beda in 2015 at the same time Bolick arrived after transferring from De La Salle.

"Kung si Robert madiskarte, si Bahio kabaligtaran. So talagang kapit yun kay Robert," added the rookie, who had a good time reminiscing the past with Bolick and fellow San Beda teammates Javee Mocon (Rain or Shine) and Clint Doliguez (NorthPort) in the latest episode of the PBA Kamustahan.

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Although he didn't belong in the same class, Mocon corroborated Oftana's statement about the NorthPort guard being a probing student to his professors.

"May parehas kaming teacher, pinupuri yan si Bolick," said the Rain or Shine wingman. "Ang dami daw kasing tanong.

"Tuwang-tuwa yung teacher. Ang dami daw kasing tanong. Dapat ganun daw."

Bolick could only laugh at how college life was at San Beda. Despite their being celebrated athletes, they remain ordinary students who had to attend classes and complied with all school requirements.

"School boy kami, pumapasok talaga kami," he said.

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"Yung moment namin talaga, tulungan kami. Yung assignments naming tatlo (Oftan and Bahio), tulungan ba. Siguro yun ang pinakamasaya sa amin nung time na yun."

Bolick's perseverance eventually paid off after graduating with a marketing management degree last year.

He could have opted to obtain his diploma from the school last year despite of the pandemic, but looked forward to fulfilling one thing that is in his bucket list.

"Happy ako na naka-graduate ako nung 2020. Yun nga lang hindi ko pa kinuha (yung diploma), kasi gusto kong umakyat sa CCP (stage)," said the 2019 no. 3 overall pick. (RG)