New UST coach about to get busy in rebuilding the Tigers
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 01, 2016 10:58 AM
Boy Sablan (middle) is going to be a busy man as he tries to put together a competitive UST squad.
In what is essentially a total rebuilding process, new UST Growling Tigers head coach Rodil "Boy" Sablan is not wasting any more time trying to put together a team ready for UAAP Season 79.
Sablan, a deputy during the time of Pido Jarencio, starts practice today, a day after being officially named as the new chief tactician.
He replaced embattled coach Bong dela Cruz whose contract expired yesterday.
Sablan will have his work cut out for him as the core of the UST team that made it to the UAAP finals three of the last four seasons is all but gone.
It does not mean that he's not up for it though.
“We still have the materials, but we have to work on it,” Sablan said per Jasmine W. Payo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “I have to get to know the players first, then we’ll see what system we can adopt. In two weeks’ time, I’ll be able to assess.”
Louie Vigil and Jamil Sheriff, two of the last remaining veterans expected to lead the Tigers in Season 79, might not see action at all due to the new UAAP rule that changed the age limit from 25 to 24.
Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abdul and Ed Daquioag also exhausted their playing years for UST.
Sablan was a teammate to Jarencio back in the playing days and served as one of his assistants from 2006 to 2012.
Prior to being named head coach of the Tigers, he was an assistant coach with eh Blackwater Elite in the PBA.
The entire UST coaching staff was rebuilt amid accusations of maltreatment that surfaced after Season 78, former PBA champion and UST guard Patrick Fran joins the team together with Rabbi Tomacruz, Tylon Darjuan, Juben Ledesma and Gina Francisco.