With offers abroad, UP’s Carl Tamayo considers next move
MANILA, Philippines – Carl Tamayo, one of the most sought-after team players in the country, has received an offer to play professionally abroad.
But the University of the Philippines forward, who still has three years left in the UAAP, said he will rest first and think about his next move.
Sources told Inquirer Sports that Tamayo is being recruited by the Seoul Samsung Thunders in the Korean Basketball League as well as a Japanese B.League team.
“Sangayon, di ko pa iniisip yun. (At the moment, I haven’t thought about it yet.) I’ll rest first and think about it, ready for whatever opportunity comes up,” Tamayo said after UP’s 75-68 loss to Ateneo in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball final on Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
But if 6-foot-7 Tamayo decides to return for Season 86, he vows to get better and lead UP back to the top after their championship last May lasted only six. month.
“I’ll come back stronger next season, I’ll come back better,” Tamayo said.
The two-time member of the UAAP Mythical Team scored 11 on 4/17 and won 9 rebounds in Game 3.
Tamayo, 21, is still proud of what Fighting Maroons went through.
“I am happy with my teammates. We’ve been through a lot this season. We really fought for it. But sometimes you need to learn things the hard way. Hopefully we learn from our experience and come back next season,” he said in Filipino.
UP coach Goldwin Monteverde, who has been Tamayo’s coach since high school, is grateful for the striker’s sacrifices, including playing after a nagging leg injury.
“I have never seen him na nasaktan kung kaya maglalaro talaga yun minsan kami na rin pumipigil. Very grateful to ako kasi marami siya iniinda, iniisip niya pa rin yung team niya, yung scored against ano ang dapat naming gawin,” said Monteverde.
(I never saw him injured because if he could play, he would still play. Sometimes we are the ones who stop him. I am grateful that he still thinks about his team. and our goal first even though he gave it his all.)
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