University of the East's fortunes continue to change in the lead-up to the looming UAAP Season 82.
In Rey Suerte, a swingman from University of the Visayas, the Red Warriors will be welcoming with open arms a tantalizing talent to stabilize their wing rotation that may still or may no longer have Alvin Pasaol.
Suerte himself confirmed that he will be going one-and-done in Recto. "Opo. Maglalaro po ako para sa UE," he said.
The former Green Lancer was hailed as the MVP of CESAFI's most recent season where he also led his team to a three-peat.
Standing at 6-foot-3, Suerte is a versatile scorer who has the touch from the perimeter and also the tenacity inside the paint. Those have been in full display in the 2019 PBA D-League where he has been a key cog for Che'Lu Bar and Grill.
Already with a bachelor's degree from UV, Suerte will now be taking a Masters course. As per UAAP rules, a student-athlete from a non-member school who is pursuing graduate studies in a member school shall not be subject to residency.
As a post-graduate student, however, he will only have one year of eligibility - much like what happened to Troy Rike in National University last year.
The 23-year-old is the latest get in a big offseason haul for the Red Warriors which includes Hope Christian standout Harvey Pagsanjan, Filipino-Kiwi Swingman Richie Rodgers, and Filipino-Aussie guard Jasper Rentoy.
That's not even counting their recruits from last year who had to undergo one-year residency, including 6-foot-9 Senegalese Adama Diakhite, former Ateneo de Manila University forward John Apacible, and defensive stopper Neil Tolentino.
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