Gilas cadet Troy Rike to go one and done for fully loaded NU
Troy Rike fortifies an already deep and deadly NU lineup for UAAP Season 81 (Photo courtesy of Troy Rike Twitter)
National University is piling on one more piece to its already stacked roster for looming UAAP Season 81.
Manning the Bulldogs’ frontcourt alongside Issa Gaye, Matt Aquino, and Jonas Tibayan will be Gilas cadet Troy Rike.
Rike himself reported the news in a tweet posted on Thursday evening.
Season 81 🦅🏹🐯🦅🐶🐃🗡 ? pic.twitter.com/lOww5Aremq— Troy Rike (@troyrike) Hulyo 5, 2018
The Filipino-American big man played for four years for Wake Forest University in the US NCAA before coming back home to the Philippines to suit up for the Gilas cadets in the recently concluded 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.
Rike already holds a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest, but has enrolled for a master’s degree in NU.
As per UAAP rules, a student-athlete from a non-member school who is pursuing graduate studies in a member school shall not be subject to residency.
As a post-graduate student, however, the 22-year-old will only have one year of eligibility for the Bulldogs.
Nonetheless, Rike said he plans to make the most out of the opportunity. “The most important thing for me is to get as many game reps as I can over here (so I can) get accustomed to the Filipino style of play,” he said.
Just a day ago, the Gilas cadet turned NU Bulldog also grabbed headlines by continuing to extend a helping hand to Australia.
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