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Duke’s Vanessa de Jesus Sounds Like She’s Ready For FIBA

The new point guard for the Philippines is ready to roll.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA - FEBRUARY 19: Vanessa de Jesus #2 of the Duke Blue Devils handles the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on February 19, 2023 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Duke point guard Vanessa de Jesus was recently named to the women’s national team in the Philippines and the coach, Pat Aquino, said that getting a D-1 point guard was a “big deal” for the national program.

But she seems equally excited, saying this: “I’m excited for the opportunity to suit up for the Philippine national team. Two of the most important things in my life are family and basketball. And since I was young, I understood this growing up. My family has been a huge part of who I am.”

She also points to her Duke coach, Kara Lawson, as an inspiration after her role helping the US 3 on 3 team win gold, telling her interlocutor that “Just seeing all that [Lawson has] done so far, at every level, she’s a winner and got so many crazy experiences. And seeing how far she’s come in and how she’s grown as a coach and as a leader, that’s something I hope to gain from this experience as well.”

She’s right about that. It’s a great opportunity for her to expand her game and if she has an interest in coaching later herself, it will be really helpful.