BALTAZAR STILL LA SALLE-BOUND, SAYS PUMAREN
Justine Baltazar will keep his act at De La Salle University (DLSU) for one more year as far as Green Archers coach Derrick Pumaren is concerned.
“So far, Baltazar will finish his last year with us,” Pumaren told Spin.ph.
The 6-foot-8 big man has not decided yet to declare for the PBA Draft that is slated on March 14 and will be continuing to weigh options for his career.
In the second window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers where the Philippines braced for an all-cadets team, Baltazar was among the standouts.
Baltazar averaged 7 points and 8.5 rebounds in their back-to-back games against the Thais.
Being among the best big men eligible to join the draft, he is being eyed by many to be part of the top selection of the rookie draft.
There are also talks of Baltazar being included in the Special Gilas Draft with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) reportedly meeting with his handler.
According to Pumaren, if the Pampanga native will be staying with La Salle, his experience from the national team will be a big help as he gained confidence from joining the international stage.
The Gilas standout averaged 15.1 points on 39-percent shooting, 11.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 30.4 minutes last UAAP Season 82.
Moreover, he was also part of the Mythical Team for two seasons.
With DLSU vying to reclaim their semifinals spot in the coming UAAP Season 84, Baltazar’s decision will be making an impact on the team.