UAAP: Coach Tab wants Dave Ildefonso to 'rethink' going to NU
Philip Matel on Sep 22, 2018 07:58 PM
Coach Tab and Ateneo are sending a very strong message to Dave Ildefonso. (FILE PHOTO)
Is it wrong to grant a second chance? Or should one's decision be final?
After a 72-46 thrashing by defending champs Ateneo Blue Eagles against the NU Bulldogs, head coach Tab Baldwin is asking NU rookie Dave Ildefonso to reconsider his move to Sampaloc and back to the confines of Katipunan.
Ildefonso, a key member of the Blue Eaglets squad that triumphed over the NU Bullpups in the UAAP Season 80 juniors' basketball tournament earlier this year, made the move to the school where his dad, Danny, rose from an unknown probinsyano to being the greatest product the school has ever produced.
Baldwin made it known at the post-game presser that the highly-sought recruit was courted heavily by his former alma mater, but to no avail.
"I think that we wanted Dave to rethink that decision or perhaps in hindsight, wonder why he made that decision,": the American-Kiwi coach shared.
The mentor then added that the win was a statement not only for Ildefonso, but to all recruits the school are scouting.
"And we want that next recruit that it's in that position to remember today. And we'll continue to put performances on the court that hope for all of our recruits to take note. And think that this is the right place to be. Because they don't want to be on the other side."
For the rookie Ildefonso's part, who joined his older brother, Shaun in his move from Katipunan to Sampaloc, an opportunity to immediately shine was the ultimate reason why he left Ateneo.
"I really want to play. So yung nakita ko sa Ateneo, it's a stacked lineup. Naisip ko na I won't be able to play, have a lot of minutes after two years, so pinag-isipan ko na I really need the exposure and siguro I didn't want to get that exposure from playing Team B, ganoon," the forward said in a previous interview at the ABS-CBN Sports office.
"I really didn't want that. Sa tingin ko, I didn't really want to become a bench player."
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