Who takes over for Thompson, other questions for NCAA 92

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 05, 2015 09:36 PM
Who takes over for Thompson, other questions for NCAA 92
WANTED. San Sebastian and Perpetual have Bradwyn Guinto and Scottie Thompson-sized holes to fill, respectively.

Yes, we know that only a week has gone by since the 91st Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament wrapped up, but hey, it’s never too early to get excited for next year.

Especially if we get to see these teams get it together and make jostling for the Final Four a league-wide battle royale.

San Sebastian College-Recoletos

Team captain and clutchman Jamil Ortuoste, check. Do-it-all forward Mike Calisaan, check. Sparkplug Ryan Costelo, check.

A very, very promising core has been formed in San Sebastian and Rodney Santos’ second year only looks to be better.

However, a very, very important question looms over Recto: who replaces the untiring effort of walking double-double Bradwyn Guinto?

University of Perpetual Help

Before Season 91 began, experts were saying that Aric del Rosario finally had what he needed to get over the Final Four hump.

Indeed, Bright Akhuetie and Prince Eze looked the part of difference-makers against the likes of Ola Adeogun. And yet, even with the continued brilliance of Scottie Thompson, the Final Four didn’t even go through Las Pinas.

With Mr. Triple-Double no longer here and rumors of staff changes on the horizon, do Akhuetie and Eze have enough in them to do the heavy lifting for a team that did nothing to make sure that a generational star like Thompson went out with a bang?

Lyceum of the Philippines University

Topex Robinson retains much of the weaponry in his Pirate ship.

Joseph Gabayni, Shaq Alanes, Mer Ayaay, and Jebb Bulawan are still in their side of Intramuros, hungry to move forward from their disappointment of a season.

However, the Lyceum crew may have just lost their most dangerous weapon with Jean Ngudjol headed to the US. Is that the case or do the locals have enough to make us forget all of it?

Emilio Aguinaldo College

Returning for the Generals’ march next season are Francis Munsayac, Sidney Onwubere, and Hamadou Laminou – basically the entire lineup from the recently-concluded season.

Meaning, like before, where does the scoring come from for EAC?

College of St. Benilde

Jonathan Grey has moved on. JR Ongteco has graduated. Fons Saavedra is unsure of a return.

Ergo, CSB now belongs to former Far Eastern University-Diliman standouts Domingo twins and Christian Fajarito. In particular, JJ Domingo already flashed glimpses of being the go-to-guy near the end of the season. Of course, he had a hard time while doing so, but at least we know the kid’s got heart to take charge for a talent-starved team.

Will the ex-Baby Tamaraws find the grass in Taft to be much greener?

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