Luib declares for draft, still mulling Ayo’s offer to join him at DLSU
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 16, 2016 09:35 PM
FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS. Mcjour Luib has a standing offer to join one-time mentor Aldin Ayo in DLSU.
Aldin Ayo is all set to bring over another blue-chip recruit to De La Salle University.
Confirming reports that he is set to reunite with Mcjour Luib, his court general back in Colegio de San Juan de Letran, he said, “After ng NCAA, kukunin ko na siya. After ng NCAA, magtutulungan kami nun.”
Luib and the Knights just suffered an unceremonious dethroning last Tuesday and will not be making it into the next round. As such, his last game in blue and red is scheduled for next Thursday.
Asked what role the Letran veteran will play when he does move over to Taft Avenue, Ayo answered, “Assistant coach and, at the same time, practice player.”
He then continued, “Actually, next year, assistant coach na siya ng Juniors ng Letran. So pwedeng assistant coach siya dun, assistant coach siya rito.”
For his part, Luib gave neither confirmation nor denial that he is headed for green pastures. True to form, he was still focused on the ongoing season as he said, “’Di pa ako tapos sa NCAA. Titignan ko pagkatapos ng last game tapos mag-uusap kami ulit ni coach Aldin.”
The stocky pointman was quick to clarify, however, that he intends to throw his name in the hat for the upcoming PBA Draft on October 30. “Magpapa-draft ako,” he expressed.
Nonetheless, Luib admitted that he was interested in following in the footsteps of his one-time mentor. “Gusto ko matuto mag-coach at in-open ko yun kay coach Aldin dati pa nung nasa Letran pa siya,” he said.
Fortunately for him, Ayo is also interested in taking him under his wing once more. “Before pa, naisip ko nang (kunin siyang assistant coach). I don’t want to distract him lang kasi ongoing pa yung season kaya sabi ko na lang na just in case mawala na (kayo), then option for you,” he said.
The one-time NCAA champion coach said that Luib, widely-regarded as the Knights’ “Mr. Intangibles,” is the perfect person to teach, well, intangibles. “Gusto kong tulungan niya yung small guys (ng DLSU). If there’s one thing na gusto kong makuha ng guards ko, yung ugali ni Mcjour na tipong masuka-suka na, pero laban pa rin,” he said.
He then continued, “Kung magagaya yun ng mga guards ko, makakatulong siya sa amin.”
If and when Luib breaks it into the pros, however, Ayo assured everybody that the former will not be tied down to the latter. “Napag-usapan din namin yung balak niyang magpa-draft. Sabi ko, ‘If you can play, sige, go,’” he said.
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