Red Cubs court general Evan Nelle staying in San Beda

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 15, 2018 12:50 PM
Red Cubs court general Evan Nelle staying in San Beda
Evan Nelle is the first Red Cub standout to be staying in San Beda since Javee Mocon

For the first time in recent history, San Beda’s top high school prospect is staying home.

Court general Evan Nelle will be promoted from a Red Cub onto a Red Lion this year. “I will be staying in San Beda for college,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.

The 5-foot-10 guard was a key cog in as San Beda squad that won titles in the NCAA, National Basketball Training Center, Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship, Palarong Pambansa, Metro Manila Basketball League, and Filoil Flying Preseason Tournament over the last three years.

In his last season in the Juniors, he averaged a team-best 14.2 points on top of 6.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. He was also the tournament’s top marksman with a total of 42 triples.

He and the other boys from Taytay were the top-seed in the Final Four, but were toppled by eventual champion College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills.

For Nelle, staying home is all about showing loyalty. “I owe a lot to San Beda. San Beda is family to me. I wanna give back to the people who helped me be where I am today,” he said.

He then continued, “I also believe San Beda fits my style of play.”

The 19-year-old is a tall and long-limbed guard who can make shots from the perimeter as well as make plays for his teammates. However, he needs to work on his wiry-thin frame if he is to make the same impact on the next level.

He will now be bolstering a Red Lions backcourt that includes “Big Shot” Robert Bolick, Jomari Presbitero, and AC Soberano along with fellow newcomer Filipino-Canadian James Canlas.

Nelle is the first San Beda Juniors star who will stay on for the Seniors as previous standouts Arvin Tolentino went to Ateneo de Manila University and Andrei Caracut committed to De La Salle University.


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