6-9 Senegalese Alex Diakhite is coach Joe’s first big recruit for UE
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 28, 2018 03:01 PM
At long last, UE will again have an inside presence in the form of Senegalese Adama Diakhite (photo courtesy of UCBL Facebook page)
University of the East took its time in finding its next head coach, but it is nothing but confident it has made the right choice.
Two-time UAAP Juniors champion coach Joe Silva is only a month into his new post as Red Warriors mentor, but is already off and running – winning the trust of players led by Alvin Pasaol as well as goodwill from the community.
Now, he has even more good news for UE as from now on, 6-foot-9 Senegalese Alex Diakhite will be donning the red and white.
The 21-year-old big man was a force for Diliman College prior to his transfer, powering them to impressive showings in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League.
However, he won’t be eligible just yet in the UAAP as he still has to serve his one-year residency.
Nonetheless, Diakhite’s transfer is a much-welcome development for a Red Warriors side that had long been searching for an inside presence ever since the departures of Charles Mammie and Moustafa Arafat.
Along with the foreign student-athlete, Silva and team management have also secured the services of several solid high school players in Chiang Kai Shek College’s Jojo Antiporda and Sam Beltran, Mapua High School’s Carl Lacap, Nazareth School of National University’s Paul Manalang, and De La Salle Zobel’s Jan Sobrevega.
And they are not done just yet. As Silva put it, “’Di pa tapos recruiting namin. May mga darating pa kaming surprise recruits for this year and next.”
He then continued, “’Di pa namin madi-disclose, but we’re working on recruitment pa rin.”
In this light, John Apacible, a former Ateneo de Manila University player with ties to Silva, and Richie Rodger, a versatile Filipino-Kiwi, are also both already enrolled in the Recto-based school.
With these moves, Silva said that he only believes that all their recruits have bought in to the change of culture they want to do in UE. “I just sold them on the idea of being the seeds of bringing back the glory days to UE,” he said.
He then continued, “I just told them that you guys are going to be the pioneers that will bring back UE to where it was before. On board naman sila sa process.”
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