Yet to graduate HS, why did Joel Cagulangan already commit to La Salle?

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 18, 2018 07:32 PM
Why did Joel Cagulangan already commit to La Salle?
La Salle has seen to it that Joel Cagulangan will be wearing green and white for life

Top high school point guard Joel Cagulangan has committed to De La Salle University for college.

This, even though he has one more year left to study in La Salle Greenhills and one more year left to play for the Greenies.

The development is a rarity as the last time it had happened in recent memory was when Joshua Sinclair committed to National University right after his third year in Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu.

For the 5-foot-9 playmaker, the earlier than expected decision was actually a no-brainer. “Dream school ko po,” he answered to ABS-CBN Sports when asked why he chose the Taft-based school.

For La Salle’s part, already ensuring that their point guard of the future isn’t going anywhere else was also a no-brainer. “Joel has been with La Salle since he was 11 years old and he has good potential for the future,” head coach Louie Gonzalez shared.

He then continued, “Aside from that, based on our research regarding his character, we are confident that he can contribute positively to the DLSU basketball program in the near future.”

Cagulangan, a Butuan native, opened eyes in the 2013 Palarong Pambansa before being recruited to play for LSGH.

There, he had a steady rookie year before breaking out in his second season when he willed the Greenies to their first-ever championship.

Along with being a champion and Finals MVP, Cagulangan was also a Mythical selection, averaging 16.2 points in 42.7 percent shooting on top of 6.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 2.3 steals.

The now 18-year-old will be back in the NCAA Juniors for the upcoming season as he and his team try to go back-to-back.

After that, he will remain in green and white, steadying a spot that will be left behind by then by Kib Montalbo and Andrei Caracut and teaming up with Aljun Melecio and incoming Jordan Bartlett to form a still fiery backcourt in Season 82.

That is still a long way away, but Gonzalez said they are nothing but glad they are already all set for that time with Cagulangan’s earlier than expected commitment.

And for La Salle, this is just the first step in unifying all green and white programs. “This is also to align the basketball program of DLSU with our high school teams in LSGH and DLSZ,” he said.

He then continued, “And soon, hopefully, also all the 16 La Salle schools in the country.”

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