UAAP: Encho Serrano ready for redemption now in La Salle

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 12, 2018 09:36 PM
UAAP: Encho Serrano ready for redemption now in La Salle
Encho Serrano has been found - and he is alive and well in Taft Avenue (FILE PHOTO)

Two years after being hailed as the top high school prospect in the Philippines, Encho Serrano has not played in the UAAP or in the NCAA.

Instead, the 5-foot-11 swingman once described by head coach Goldwyn Monteverde to be “all-heart” has been showcasing his skills in commercial leagues for the past two years.

Now, however, Serrano is raring to continue his career as a student-athlete.

The native of Apalit, Pampanga is now in De La Salle University and will be donning the green and white as early as UAAP Season 81.

According to sources, Serrano arrived in the school’s Taft Avenue campus on Thursday.

While he has not played in the UAAP or the NCAA in two years, Serrano still made such an impact in his first and only season for Adamson High School in 2016 when he averaged 19.3 points in 58 percent shooting and 8.1 rebounds.

Unfortunately, he was found to be ineligible for that season as he “failed to submit” the necessary documents “to indicate is complete high school enrolment, credentials, and records.”

Nonetheless, the former Baby Falcon's eye-opening performances were more than enough for him to be recognized as the best high school player in the Philippines by the National Basketball Training Center.

Now as a Green Archer, he hopes to retake his place as one of the best young talents.

He will be bolstering a lineup that includes the three-headed monster in the backcourt of Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio, and Kib Montalbo as well as an imposing frontline with Justine Baltazar, Santi Santillan, Brandon Bates, and Taane Samuel.

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