Vigil in trouble for UST after UAAP rule change
ABS-CBN Sports on May 31, 2016 05:41 PM
UST might lose its new King Tiger before the UAAP season even starts.
The scramble continues for the UST Growling Tigers.
A year after losing yet another finals, the Tigers will be hard-pressed to duplicate their Season 78 performance by the time Season 79 rolls in September.
That's because not only do they have to find a new coach, they also have to find a player to replace Kevin Ferrer at the very least.
And the top candidate for the job, Louie Vigil, is in serious jeopardy of missing his final UAAP season after the league lowered its age limit from 25 to 24.
The former NCAA juniors MVP is set to turn 25.
“They changed the rule eh. I can’t do anything about it. Sayang, competitive pa naman sana tayo this season and host tayo,” Vigil said via Facebook in a report published by the Varsitarian, UST's official student publication.
“Syempre kawawa ‘yung mga naiwan ‘cause I was leading them especially during practices," the forward added.
The new development is particularly hard on Vigil because he skipped outside opportunities like the PBA D-League in order to put his complete focus on the Tigers.
Also in trouble for the Tigers is point guard Jamil Sheriff and if both players skip the new UAAP season, that means the entire UST core from its three finals appearances is pretty much gone.
Vigil was a crucial part of the Tigers' Season 78 campaign, becoming a viable all-around option behind Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquioag.
He played his best game when the top-seeded Tigers dethroned then-defending champion NU in the Final Four, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
UST is the host for Season 79.