UST exodus, more players exit España as bubble trouble continues
University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers is expected to lose more players as sources claimed that more of the collegiate basketball stars are planning to leave as offers from different universities and colleges escalated due to the Sorsogon “bubble” fiasco.
It was confirmed that UST guard Brent Paraiso officially left the Growling Tigers days after he returned from Sorsogon together with CJ Cansino and Bismarck Lina.
Paraiso tweeted his leave on Saturday early evening, “Nakakalungkot pero kailangan. Mahal na mahal kita UST.”
In addition, Daily Tribune’s source told that Paraiso dropped all his subjects in preparation for his said transfer.
As the 6-foot-2 guard already spent four years in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP), two years for De La Salle University Green Archers and two for UST, he does not anymore have playing year left if he will transfer to another UAAP school. According to sources, he would likely be transferring to a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) school.
Paraiso has yet to decide which school he will be playing for, but the source added that he will likely join San Beda University or Colegio de San Juan Letran as the former Growling Tiger is receiving offers from both schools. Although he has to spent a one-year residency period to be eligible to play for the following season.
In the last UAAP Season 82, he is averaging 7.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists which considered him to be a vital cog for the Growling Tigers.
Another UST cager, Rhenz Abando, alleged withdraw from UST for Letran surfaced few days after former teammate CJ Cansino was ‘kicked off’ the team by Tigers Head Coach Aldin Ayo.
It was reported that during UAAP Season 82, Abando also had been tied to a poaching issue with two rival schools while the season is still ongoing.
The 22-year-old cager – who scored 11.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 block – emerged as Tiger’s second-leading scorer last UAAP Season 82.
With the possibility of UAAP and Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) suspending UST for an entire season for its breach of quarantine protocols for its “bubble” training in Bicol, Tigers are prompted to transfer to another school to play for.