Anonuevo, Tolentino receives offer to play for D-I school TSU
Cholo Anonuevo and Sage Tolentino have proven the Filipino pride once again as they both have received an offer from Tennessee State University (TSU) to play under NCAA Division I.
TSU is known for producing caliber players whereas many of their talents are part of NBA teams such as Houston Rockets’ three-and-D guy Robert Covington, and Brooklyn Nets’ guard Tahjere McCall.
“Overwhelmed. Just overwhelmed,” was all Anonuevo could utter after knowing that he’s qualified for an athletic scholarship and his interview over a zoom meeting with the Coach Penny Collins of TSU.
Cholo is the former forward of the FEU-Diliman who helped the team land a podium finish in UAAP Season 82 Junior Division where he averaged 9.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.0 steal per game during the Season.
Moreover, the Ireland-born tried his luck in the Philippines to continue his passion for Basketball and almost got to the final 12 of the national youth team before showcasing his talents as the swingman of the Baby Tamaraws.
According to him, his decision to go to the US to train does not mean closing his heart to the FEU community who have given him a chance to prove himself in the court.
“There are actually a lot of options for him this coming year and FEU is still one of them, but right now, his focus is to get better and take advantage of this opportunity that East-West Private has given him,” he said in an interview with Spin.ph.
While Tolentino is a Fil-Am player who got a couple of offers from abroad before this TSU opportunity such as Kentucky, Auburn, and Kansas. Though blessed with many and big opportunities, his decision came down to TSU.
“Coach Penny is setting history in Nashville at TSU. I am honored to have an offer to play, think, and serve under his leadership there. Thank you for the opportunity Coach. All glory to God!,” he posted in his IG account.
At the age of 16, Tolentino helped his Maryknoll High School to a back-to-back State Championships in Hawaii averaging 13.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks last season.
Anonuevo standing 6-foot-4 and Tolentino standing 7-foot is currently under training with East-West Private, the same management as Kai Sotto’s before going to Skills Factory at Atlanta. The two towering-young-guns are currently training together to hone their skills and talents.