UST loses former NCAA Jrs. MVP, gains two big men
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 16, 2018 07:53 PM
UST has three prospects straight from high school with differing situations on its roster
The movements continue for University of Sto. Tomas, just a couple of months away from the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Four months after committing to the Growling Tigers, Mike Enriquez’s next step is up in the air as, apparently, he is yet to finish high school.
That means that he will not be eligible for the upcoming UAAP Seniors wars
Enriquez was hailed as the MVP of the NCAA Juniors in Season 91, but his next two years were forgettable, to say the least, with his Season 92 plagued by injury and his Season 93 ending with a lost championship.
Still, the well-rounded skills that made the 5-foot-10 guard an NCAA Juniors MVP remains - steady ballhandling, smart playmaking, stout defending, solid rebounding, and scoring when need be.
However, he will have to work on his academics first if he indeed wants to continue with his commitment to the Espana-based school.
Already working on such a thing is Sherwin Concepcion who is already enrolled in UST High to complete Grade 12.
Earlier in the year, the sweet-shooting forward was trying out for a spot with the Growling Tigers.
Months later, Concepcion has apparently passed the tryouts with flying colors and is now working on passing his classes.
If all goes well, he will be all ready for action a year from now, giving the Growling Tigers a mobile 6-foot-3 player who can stretch the floor.
There’s also even more good news for UST as it has secured the services of erstwhile San Beda High School pillar Germy Mahinay.
The 6-foot-5 big man spent the much of the offseason with Lyceum of the Philippines University, but was left out of the main roster for the ongoing NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Now, he hopes to will his way onto a Growling Tigers frontcourt that only has Cameroonian Steve Akomo, Henric Caunan, and Joco Macasaet.
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