DLSU already has a replacement reinforcement who is bigger than Big Ben
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 22, 2017 06:08 PM
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De La Salle University has just lost its back-to-back MVP.
Ben Mbala will no longer be donning the green and white and will instead suit up for Fuerza Regia in Mexico.
Still, the Green Archers are nothing but upbeat that they can remain one of the top teams in the tournament.
Indeed, with captain Kib Montalbo, sophomore studs Aljun Melecio and Ricci Rivero, and impressive transferee Santi Santillan, they still have a more than capable core.
Add to that a new foreign student-athlete who is, technically, bigger than Mbala.
With the Cameroonian’s exit, the Taft-based team is said to be eyeing six-foot-eight New Zealander Taane Samuel to hold down the fort in Season 81.
The 18-year-old has already been seeing action with DLSU’s Team B in tournament such as the Milcu Got Skills and the Fr. Martin’s Cup.
According to a team insider, while Samuel is not yet as dominant as the six-foot-seven Mbala, he has the potential to get there especially as he has had much international experience.
Samuel is said-to-be a versatile 4-man who once represented New Zealand in the 2017 FIBA Under-19 World Championship and the 2015 FIBA Oceania Under 18-Championship.
Once he becomes a Green Archer, however, he will have big shoes to fill as Mbala averaged 26 points in 52 percent shooting, 13.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals en route to his second straight MVP award last season.
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