Oraeme, Akhuetie pledge loyalty to Mapua, Perpetual
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 27, 2015 02:59 PM
HERE TO STAY. Allwell Oraeme and Bright Akhuetie (second and third from left) will not be leaving Mapua and Perpetual, respectively.
Indeed, the country’s oldest collegiate league is alive and kicking and others have taken notice and taken action.
Not long after champion coach Aldin Ayo was confirmed to be taking his talents to Taft Avenue, two members of the NCAA Mythical team are also being talked into transferring.
According to a Facebook post from Mapua Institute of Technology head coach Atoy Co, “two high-profile schools in the UAAP are trying to get him.” Him, referring to Most Valuable Player-Rookie of the Year-Defensive Player of the Year Allwell Oraeme.
Pressed for specifics, “The Fortune Cookie” said, “Tama nang mag-isip na lang (mga tao). Kahit naman hindi pangalanan, alam na ng mga tao.”
However, the Nigerian stud, who only recently turned 20-years-old, immediately shot down any speculations in stating, “I have not entertained other schools. My heart is here with Mapua.”
Meanwhile, sources have also said that at least one UAAP school is wooing Mythical selection Bright Akhuetie into moving on from University of Perpetual Help. Although the Altas are yet to make an official announcement, Aric del Rosario and his coaching staff – who recruited Akhuetie – are no longer with the team.
For his part, Akhuetie, also a Nigerian, told ABS-CBN Sports, “Yeah, they keep coming, but my goal is still to bring a title to Perpetual.”
Last Wednesday, Ayo was confirmed to be transferring from Colegio de San Juan de Letran to De La Salle University. In only his first year on the job, the Sorsogon native led his alma mater to a championship in the 91st Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
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