Double-double machine Rhayyan Amsali transfers to San Beda from NU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 08, 2018 04:50 PM
Double-double machine Amsali transfers to San Beda
Rhayyan Amsali will still be a threat for a double-double - only now, it will be in the NCAA Juniors

San Beda High School’s rebuild is getting a big-time building block.

Entering the new season without all of stalwarts such as Sam Abu Hijleh, Germy Mahinay, and Evan Nelle, the Red Cubs are poised to welcome double-double machine Rhayyan Amsali. “San Beda na po ako,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.

The six-foot-three forward is as versatile as they come and was a longtime fixture in Nazareth School of National University’s contention.

Last season, he averaged 13.1 points, nine rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.6 steals in NU’s runner-up finish.

Three days ago, however, spin.ph’s Reuben Terrado reported that Amsali has left the Bullpups to focus on the Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 team. “Umalis po ako sa NU kasi it’s God’s plan for me. Gusto ko po mag-work hard at sagarin pa yung age ko to prepare for college,” he said. 

Not long after, it turns out he has also determined what next step he will be taking.

The 17-year-old will be entering his fourth and final year in the UAAP if he had stayed in NU.

With San Beda and the NCAA’s higher age limit, however, he will have two more seasons of eligibility.

For Amsali, that is much-needed time to prepare him for the next level. 

In Taytay, he will be teaming up with Batang Gilas players Yukien Andrada and Joshua Lazaro.

The Zamboanga native wanted to make it clear, though, that he left Sampaloc in good terms. As he put it, “Wala naman po akong masabi sa mga NU coaches kasi inalagaan po nila ako nang mabuti. Tinuruan po nila ako nang maayos kaya narating ko po kung anong meron ako ngayon.”

Even with his departure, NU remains as dangerous as ever under the tutelage of Goldwyn Monteverde and with more seasoned Terrence Fortea as well as incoming Gerry Abadiano and Carl Tamayo leading the charge.

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