UST, CSB secure services of Fil-Canadian guards

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 22, 2017 09:06 PM
UST, CSB secure services of Fil-Canadian guards
BIG BOOST. Fil-Canadians Ben Kwawukumey (third from left) and Robert Ocampo (rightmost) will be showcasing their skills for UST and CSB, respectively.

With the new season of the UAAP just around the corner, University of Sto. Tomas is hard at work at preparing its rookies who will make up more than half of the team.

“Puro bago ang team ngayon e. Parang walo sa amin, rookie,” assistant coach Tylon Darjuan said.

One of those new faces is a recent commit who grew up in Canada and then came home to the Philippines.

Ben Kwawukumey, a five-foot-seven guard, has decided he will be a Tiger, straying from his fellow Filipino-Canadians James Canlas and Alvin Florido who committed to San Beda College. “There’s more opportunities for me as a point guard at UST rather than San Beda,” he expressed.

The 18-year-old will join Marvin Lee and Oliver De Guzman for a UST backcourt that will no longer have Jon Sherriff or Renzo Subido. “Malaking tulong siya sa amin kasi pure point guard siya,” Darjuan said.

He then continued, “Malaking bagay rin na naka-adjust siya agad.”

Indeed, Kwawukumey has been welcomed with open arms in Espana. As he himself shared, “The team is nice, everyone is nice. When I first touched down on campus, everyone was friendly.”

He then continued, “It felt like I was at home already.”

Meanwhile, the TY Tang era in College of St. Benilde will get another shot in the arm with a homecoming of their own.

Six-foot-two Fil-Canadian Robert Ocampo is already serving his one-year residency and will be eligible to play for the Blazers next year. “CSB has a good program. Some of my cousins also went to Benilde so I wanted to follow their footsteps,” he said.

Ocampo lived in the Philippines until he was 11-years-old and then moved to Toronto where he has only honed his versatile game as a swingman.


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