Jrs. MVP leader Cansino already in touch with new UST coach Ayo
Aldin Ayo is already talking with the family of MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino
Aldin Ayo’s first-ever recruit in for De La Salle University was its high school star.
Now with University of Sto Tomas, Ayo is looking to do the same.
The new head coach of the Growling Tigers was present at the Filoil Flying V Centre on Saturday for the Tiger Cubs’ matchup with league-leader Ateneo de Manila High School.
Of course, Ayo was there to scout the Juniors program of his new school – which just so happens to have the frontrunner in the MVP race in CJ Cansino.
While the two-time collegiate champion coach declined interviews from media, he was seen chatting with Cansino’s mother after the game.
Asked about it, the King Tiger Cub himself answered, “Opo, nagkausap na sila kanina.”
He then continued, “Sabi raw po ni coach na gusto nila akong kunin sa UST. Sobrang saya po naming ganun na nga po ang nangyayari.”
In earlier interviews, Cansino has already stated that he wants to stay in Espana for college. “Sana nga po, tumuloy rin ako sa Seniors para bigyan din ako ng pagkakataon na iangat yung Growling Tigers. Gusto ko ring i-prove sa Seniors na may magagawa ako for UST,” he said then.
Now, it looks like his wish may just be granted as a source said UST is on the lookout for talent at the wings.
Last year, the Growling Tigers trotted out the likes of Jordan Sta. Ana, Reggie Boy Basibas, and Christian Garcia at the wings. Said to be coming back to bolster that weakness is Embons Bonleon.
Still, getting the six-foot-two swingman will be a coup for the rebuilding squad as they will be getting a blue-chip recruit who fills a need.
Also, Ayo has some sort of success with his first-ever recruit being his program’s high school star.
Two years ago, he got the commitment of DLS Zobel star and Juniors MVP Aljun Melecio.
That partnership proved to be a big part of the Green Archers’ championship.
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