FINAL ANSWER: #RobWillPlay for UP for rest of UAAP 80
IT'S DECIDED. Rob Ricafort can now continue seeing action in his first and last season in the UAAP.
Rob Ricafort has been cleared to play, without any complications, in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Securing a court injunction that orders the league to let him play, Ricafort can now continue seeing action in his first and last season.
More than that, all the games he has played in and will be playing in is no longer in jeopardy of being overturned.
The six-foot-three forward appeared in four games and averaged 0.5 points, 1.0 rebounds, .0.5 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.5 turnovers in 5.5 minutes.
Last September, the UAAP’s eligibility committee recommended the 24-year-old’s ineligibility, citing that he will be over the age limit during the season. His birthday is in January of next year.
Not long after, the league’s Board of Trustees affirmed the recommendation.
Two weeks after, however, Ricafort secured a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that put the league decision hold for 20 days, thus allowing him to play.
Still, the TRO did not assure anything. “They assume the risk depending on how the court will decide. After 20 days, we don’t know what will happen kasi, this is only a TRO and after 20 days, we don’t know what’s going to happen,” UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag said then.
Now with the court injunction, however, the Fighting Maroons has been cleared to play, without any complications.
Before transferring to Diliman, Ricafort was part of the Team B lineups of De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas.
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