UAAP: Ateneo flies under the radar to get LSGH double-double machine Fornilos
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 01, 2019 04:59 PM
Inand Fornilos will try to transition from being an inside force to being an all-around wing now for Ateneo
Coach Tab Baldwin will have a new promising prospect to mold into a key cog for Ateneo de Manila University.
Inand Fornilos, who had spent the last two years piling up double-doubles for La Salle Green Hills, will now suit up for the Blue Eagles. "Pupunta na po akong Ateneo," he said.
Fornilos was hailed as Defensive Player of the Year and was named into two Mythical Teams in NCAA 94 Juniors. In his final go-round for the Greenies, he averaged 12.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.1 assists.
Now he moves up to the college ranks, however, his 6-foot-2 frame will move him away from the paint.
That's where the magic touch of two-time UAAP champion coach Baldwin will come in handy as he has proven he can develop all-around players.
The best-case scenario for Fornilos would be now-Ateneo captain Mike Nieto who was a dominant inside force in the Juniors before rounding out his game as a capable wing in the Seniors.
While the 19-year-old forward is, without a doubt, a blue-chip recruit, he is an under the radar get compared to the likes of LSGH teammate Joel Cagulangan, University of Sto. Tomas one-and-done sensation Mark Nonoy, or Far Eastern University-Diliman gunner RJ Abarrientos.
Nonetheless, Fornilos a much welcome get for the two-time defending champions alongside 6-foot-8 raw prospect Geo Chiu even as they have remained mostly intact, only having to replace Anton Asistio and Aaron Black.
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