UAAP: Big-time playmaker Escamis thanks Mapua after taking u-turn to UE

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 03, 2019 01:01 PM
Playmaker Escamis thanks Mapua after taking u-turn to UE
Clint Escamis has changed his commitment for college from Mapua to UE

Clint Escamis will continue wearing red as he takes the next step in his young career - only now, it will no longer be Mapua red.

Escamis confirmed Monday that he has changed his commitment for college to University of the East.

This, five months after he had decided to move on up to Mapua’s Seniors squad.

For Escamis, his u-turn from Intramuros to Recto was all about a new beginning. "Gusto kong ma-experience ang UAAP and thankfully, UE and (team manager) Lawrence Chongson gave me that opportunity to play for them sa UAAP," he said.

That doesn’t mean, however, that he has turned his back on the school and the squad that had given him a break. "Of course, I understand na, in some way, feeling ko, nasaktan si (head coach) Randy Alcantara, but just like any father figure, he wished me good luck and told me all he wanted is the best for me," he shared.

He then continued, "Same goes for the Mapua community - all the players and coaches wished me good luck. Kaya thankful ako dahil nirespeto nila ang desisyon ko."

Escamis - alongside fellow former Red Robins Dan Arches, Warren Bonifacio, Noah Lugo, and Laurenz Victoria - was seen as a foundational piece for the Cardinals’ new era with coach Randy at the helm.

Alcantara had previously coached Mapua High to two championships in the last three seasons - all three seasons of which saw Escamis as a key cog.

With the change of commitment, however, the 5-foot-11's playmaking will now be featured in a revamped Red Warriors roster hoping to put an end to a decade-long playoff drought.

Escamis will not play immediately for UE as he is still on the mend from the ACL injury he had suffered late in the elimination round of the last NCAA season. As he put it, "After ko ring na-injure at ma-end yung high school career ko on a high note by winning the championship, I felt it was time for a new chapter in my career."

Instead, he will take his time and will do nothing but vow to unleash an even better version of the no. 8 player in the NBTC 24 once he finally does don the red and white. "Ready akong mag-sit out muna dahil I want to be 110 percent physically and psychologically for next season lalo na galing akong injury. I'll use this one year para mas magpagaling pa kesa sa dating Clint Escamis," he said.

The 19-year-old is the latest in a big-time offseason for the Red Warriors which has seen 6-foot-9 Senegalese Adama Diakhite, Hope Christian High School standout Harvey Pagsanjan, three-time champion and two-time MVP in CESAFI Rey Suerte, ex-Jose Rizal University super scorer Jed Mendoza, former Ateneo de Manila University forward John Apacible, defensive stopper Neil Tolentino, Filipino-Kiwi swingman Ritchie Rodger, and Filipino-Aussie guard Jasper Rentoy join them.

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