FEU will have to wait longer for 'Flying RJ's' liftoff in UAAP Srs.
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 15, 2019 07:41 PM
Only one thing's for sure in the eyes of RJ Abarrientos, he will continue his career in FEU
RJ Abarrientos has played his last game for Far Eastern University-Diliman High School.
Whatever happens, though, Abarrientos is certain he will keep wearing green and gold.
This, even though, as it turns out, it is yet to be determined if he can seamlessly transition from being a Baby Tamaraw to becoming a Tamaraw. “Si RJ, Grade 11 pa lang siya, no, so kailangan niya munang tapusin yung high school,” head coach Allan Albano told reporters after they were booted out on Friday.
Yes, apparently, Abarrientos may very well have to wait a year before being eligible to play for Morayta’s Seniors squad. As he himself put it, “Siguro nga po, baka mag-sit out muna ako.”
He is currently completing Grade 11, but because he’s already 19-years old, he will no longer eligible to play next season in the UAAP Juniors where the age limit is 19.
That means that, while the all-around guard is finishing up with high school, he will not be able to play for their varsity teams.
Of course, there’s also an option for Abarrientos to take the Philippine Educational Placement (PEP) Test that grants students an opportunity to accelerate from a certain level to another.
Still, he is well aware that is a long shot – and he may very well have to sit out for a while.
Whatever happens, though, the nephew of Philippine basketball legend Johnny “Flying A” Abarrientos said that he believes patience is a virtue. “Sa akin naman, hindi ako nagmamadali. Kung anong ibibigay sa akin na opportunity, kung level up yun sa Seniors, ready naman akong anytime na ipasok ni coach Olsen [Racela],” he shared.
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