NCAA: Mapua gets to keep another homegrown talent in Paolo Hernandez

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 13, 2019 05:18 PM
Mapua gets to keep another homegrown talent in Hernandez
Paolo Hernandez will keep wearing the red and yellow for Mapua

Mapua University's new era is mostly made up of products from its thriving high school program.

And the latest Red Robin to turn into a Cardinal is Paolo Hernandez, the Finals MVP in the most recent NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament. "Stay po ako sa Mapua," he said.

In Hernandez, Mapua gets a knockdown shooter who also has quite a few moves inside. With those, he averaged 12.4 points, including 31-of-102 shooting from three, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.4 blocks in his final season in the Juniors.

The 6-foot-3 forward saved his best for last a season ago as in their the winner-take-all Game 3 against La Salle Green Hills, he dropped 33 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks, shooting the red and yellow to their second championship in three years.

Now in college, however, Hernandez will have to transition from playing as a 4-man to more of a swingman.

The good news is that the 20-year-old will continue learning under the tutelage of head coach Randy Alcantara - his mentor with the Red Robins and now the shot-caller of the Cardinals.

Hernandez follows the footsteps of Warren Bonifacio, Eric Jabel, Noah Lugo, and Laurenz Victoria as Red Robins turned Cardinals.

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