As the buzz of the latest title celebration fades, there’s no certainty how Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin looks at the next UAAP season, with three really important gears set for graduate and professional career.
What he does know is that it will be a challenge for the Blue Eagles, who will be left behind and players who want to make it to the shortlist as Ateneo bids Ange Kouame, Dave Ildefonso and BJ Andrade advertise no tired.
“We have a lot of rookies coming in next year. On our show, we don’t play with the truth and the truth is, if you want to be a Blue Eagle next year, you have to fight for your place,” Baldwin said after the match. conquer 75-68 in their Game 3. dethroned the Maroons of the University of the Philippines (UP) in a classic Season 85 ending.
“The future is always uncertain, but I know these people, and they are warriors,” said Baldwin, who won his fourth title in six years, calling shots to the soaring Eagles, talk about their successful mission to keep the UAAP growing their faction in Katipunan.
Forthsky Padrigao and Kai Ballungay will be summoned again to hold the fortress for Ateneo in Season 86 along with Chris Koon, Geo Chiu, Joshua Lazaro, Matt Daves, Anton Quivis, and Vince Gomez.
6-foot-10 Kouame, Season 84’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in that UP championship race, who won three championships with Ateneo, will use a knife to repair a partial ACL tear and stretch meniscus muscle in the knee. he struggled all season. Then a career, possibly in Europe, awaits.
There is much talk that Ildefonso, the son of two-time MVP of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and basketball legend Danny, will bring his act abroad, and sources say he will fit in. collaborated with Suwon KT Sonicboom in the Korean Basketball League.
“They will all play professionally. I think they can see diverse paths for them. Of course, Ange can’t play in the PBA, but he will be good enough to play in the import position. We will have to try to find a way to help him have a future,” Baldwin said.
“Probably [he could play] in Europe, maybe in Japan, where I think he’s good enough to play the import role there. He still has a lot of work to do in his attacking play, but he will be a professional in 10-12 years,” added Baldwin.
Believed to have skipped the upcoming PBA Draft, Ildefonso will lay out his options regarding his upcoming professional career in the coming days.
“Dave has an announcement coming up, so it’s going to be very exciting and he’s going to be a brilliant pro,” Baldwin said.
Andrade, who brilliantly walked away from his college stint after successfully shooting all-important free throws in their Game 3 win, could be a valuable discovery for coaches in major leagues.
“If you want a winner on your team, you want a guy who can defend, kick the ball, whatever you say or run brick walls for you and love his teammates,” Baldwin said. him, get BJ Andrade,” Baldwin said.
Meanwhile, at UP, an important piece of the puzzle of Zavier Lucero, who helped UP consecutively win titles under coach Goldwyn Monteverde will no longer be relevant next season.
Carl Tamayo had the option to forgo his eligibility and take his talent abroad, and Henry Galinato spent his one-of-a-kind campaign with the Maroons that could narrow UP’s menacing front lines.
Lucero tore his left ACL net in a non-contact match in Game 2 and flashed in the final game of the series on the free-throw line when the outcome was decided.
“We will take it that way, whoever comes to us. Regarding the squad, we still don’t know who will stay and play for the team. We just have to think about what to do next after we decide which of them will stay there,” Monteverde said.
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