Despite the pandemic hindering the UAAP to launch its season, it doesn’t stop the National University (NU) men’s basketball team from rebuilding its roster after securing the commitment of Pj Palacielo.

/ 25 April 2021

The 6-foot-6 Palacielo is already expected to be a core player and hold together the team as one.

Malaking addition si PJ sa amin kasi yun ang kailangan namin sa team, yung malaki,” said NU head coach Jeff Napa.

Meron na kaming foundation ngayon. At least ngayon, unti-unting nare-redeem ‘yung mga nawala sa amin. Unti-unti na naming na-regain ulit, kaya nag-start kami sa recruitment,” he added.

Nonetheless, the cager is still in his senior high school with one year left and will only be eligible to play for the Bulldogs in Season 85.

And the young cager expressed his gratitude for knowing that he was offered to play for his alma mater in the collegiate setting.

Masaya kasi kahit high school pa lang ako, may offers na agad sa’kin,” he propounded.

Pinili ko ang NU kasi dito ko feel na mas malalabas ko ‘yung talent ko and nandito din ‘yung puso ko sa school na ‘to. Tsaka siyempre, ‘yung tiwala ng management sa akin, gusto ko suklian kasi kahit nasa high school pa lang ako, nireready na nila ‘ko for college ko,” Palacielo continued.

Palacielo will join the Bulldogs with Germy Mahinay and Jonas Tibayan remaining in the line since the departure of the standout players Carl Tamayo and Kevin Quiambao. Also, his fellow Bullpup Reyland Torres.

And since Palacielo has one more year to bulk his skills, he affirmed that he will do his best to be the better version of himself.

Kaya habang nandito pa ako sa high school nag-reready na ako para ‘pag college ko, ready ako sa challenges na haharapin ko,” he ended giving examples of practicing his ball-handling and whopping his body.