UST gets to keep UAAP Jrs. MVP CJ Cansino
CJ Cansino is a big-time recruit who can make an immediate impact for UST and new head coach Aldin Ayo
CJ Cansino is getting what he has always wanted.
The UAAP 80 Juniors MVP will still be playing for University of Sto. Tomas in his college years. “Sa UST pa rin po ako,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.
Cansino was the top individual player in terms of Statistical Points (SPs) throughout the recently-concluded UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament and wound up with 88.43 SPs built on per game counts of 24.6 points in 43 percent shooting, 12.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and nearly a block.
With that, the difference between him and his runner-up was 18 points.
More importantly, the six-foot-two swingman was both the engine and the fuel that drove the Tiger Cubs to their first playoff appearance since the heyday of Kevin Ferrer in high school.
Cansino is also Espana’s first Juniors MVP since Ferrer.
He can only hope that he can achieve the same success Ferrer did in gold and black.
The 18-year-old is a big-time score for new head coach Aldin Ayo who is setting out to return the Growling Tigers to prominence.
Since the start of the season, Cansino has said that he wants nothing more than to remain in UST.
Now, he gets his wish as apparently, he has already been practicing with his new team for over a week now.
The do-it-all wing will fortify a rotation that includes Reggie Boy Basibas, Embons Bonleon, and Jordan Sta. Ana.
His decision means that Ayo and the Growling Tigers beat out Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Far Eastern University, and National University.
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