Ex-Green Archer Mark Dyke ‘continues basketball dream’ with FEU

Ex-Green Archer Dyke ‘continues basketball dream’ with FEU
OTHER GREEN PASTURES. Mark Dyke hopes to show what he can do now for FEU.

Aside from Jason Perkins, Julian Sargent, Jeron Teng, and Thomas Torres, De La Salle University just had another subtraction to its championship-winning roster as it gears up for its title defense.

Mark Dyke, once a blue-chip recruit who had a tough time cracking the Green Archers’ rotation, is now poised to play for Far Eastern University. “Sa FEU na po ako maglalaro,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.

This, confirming the report by Reuben Terrado of spin.ph.

Explaining his decision, Dyke said, “It’s been two years since I joined La Salle and I thought that was gonna be my team ‘til my college career ends. But I didn’t have the chance to show what I can do.”

He then continued, “I almost gave up and even thought if I should still continue my basketball dream, but eventually, I started working again to get my confidence back.”

Dyke only averaged 1.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in four minutes in his lone season in green and white – finding it difficult to vault ahead of the likes of Brent Paraiso and Ricci Rivero for minutes at the three position. “My academics was never the issue why I left La Salle. The real reason why I departed is for me to reach my full potential as an athlete,” he said.

He also made it clear, however, that he’s nothing but grateful for his time in Taft Avenue. “My ride with the Green Archers was very overwhelming. I was truly blessed and I am really thankful for the opportunity they have given me,” he said.

He then continued, “It was always my dream to play and study and DLSU, but I think it is not meant for me to stay any longer.”

Although seldom-used in his first and only season in the Seniors, the six-foot-three forward still has potential just waiting to be harnessed.

Back when he played for Nazareth School of National University, he took full advantage of his energy and leaping ability to norm 13.7 points and 15.2 rebounds. With that, he became a two-time Mythical selection in the UAAP Juniors.

Now an undersized big man in the collegiate ranks, however, Dyke knows full well he has to transition into becoming a full-time small forward.

The Pampanga native hopes to do just that now for the Tamaraws. Hopefully, the next path I’ll take would work better,” he expressed.

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