We have seen many players who have overcome the odds despite not having the size advantage in basketball. One of them is Jerick Cañada. Cañada did not relent in his pursuit of glory despite his lack of size in the hardcourt.
Coming from the Soaring Falcons basketball program in the Philippines-based Adamson University, Cañada was a gritty prospect who drew attention from different professional clubs in the country until he decided to take his talents to the ASEAN Basketball League, playing for the Indonesia Warriors.
In 2012, he made his ABL debut and in his rookie season, he proved to be a good point guard off the bat—averaging 8.2 points, 4.1 assists, and 1.5 steals a game. His reliable on-court contributions backed the Warriors’ championship hopes as they edged the San Miguel Beermen in the best-of-3 Finals series.
He gradually improved his in-game averages the following year and reached the Finals for the second time in a row, but his team came up shorthanded this time around against a familiar foe, the Beermen. However, the grind did not stop for Jerick as he was about to reach the summit of his ABL career with Hi-Tech Bangkok City.
Jerick continued to progress his game—gaining more confidence to shoot from deep at a consistent rate and racking up more assists and steals than his previous stat lines. He then became one of the team’s leaders and led Bangkok to the ABL Playoffs while earning the second-best record in the league that year.
He became a star as the postseason arrived, putting up notable numbers in each game against the Slingers and the Dragons—both series ending in a sweep to secure the ABL championship. Jerick’s second championship was his most remarkable playoff run—earning the ABL Finals MVP honor due to his postseason averages of 19.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals while shooting 47% from deep.
The Filipino floor general established his professional career as one of the most reliable players the ABL has ever seen. With three Finals appearances, two ABL championships and a Finals MVP award, Jerick Cañada has carved his name into the Final 21 nominees for ABL’s All-Time greats.