NCAA: Abando, ex-Tigers will be ‘substantial increase’ to Letran, states coach
MANILA, Philippines– Colegio de San Juan de Letran coach Bonnie Tan on Tuesday officially welcomed the trio of Rhenz Abando, Brent Paraiso, and Ira Bataller to his team.
This came after the three players left University of Santo Tomas, in the wake of the “Sorsogon bubble” debate. The men’s basketball program and former head coach Aldin Ayo are the subject of examinations by various companies for potential infractions of quarantine procedures.
Signing up with Tan in inviting the trio to Letran was Alfrancis Chua, the sports director of San Miguel Corp. who likewise holds a position in the college as an assistant to the rector for sports development.
” We are happy to add Rhenz Abando, Brent Paraiso, and Ira Bataller to our program,” Tan said.
Tan, who led Letran to the NCAA Season 95 crown by disturbing arch-rival San Beda, stated he and Chua “did not turn a blind eye” to the 3 gamers when they asked if they might transfer.
” After all, Letran and UST are sister schools,” he stated.
” Their addition is definitely a big boost to our program as they also bring their experiences to our champion core,” Tan added. “Our team management, staff, and I have also done our research on how we can quickly integrate them into our team.”
Abando, who left UST after simply one season with the Growling Tigers, is expected to make a strong impact after an incredible novice campaign in the UAAP.
He wowed fans with his athleticism and shooting, balancing 11.71 points, 5.29 rebounds, and 1.29 blocks per game.
Paraiso, on the other hand, has a credibility as a shooter after making 32% of his 3-pointers in Season 82, and averaging 7.2 points per video game. Bataller normed 1.9 points and 2.9 rebounds for UST.
All three gamers will have to remain a season of eligibility.
“We definitely can’t wait to deal with them when we can go back to the health club. However for now, we will direct them to becoming real Letranistas,” Tan stated.