UAAP: Mindanao's most prized prospect Deo Cuajao joins UST

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 06, 2019 02:24 PM
UAAP: Mindanao's most prized prospect Deo Cuajao joins UST
UST's backcourt of the future is all set with Deo Cuajao from North Cotabato joining forces with fellow rookie Mark Nonoy from Negros Occidental (Photo courtesy of Aldin Ayo Twitter)

University of Sto. Tomas has edged out at least three other schools for the commitment of Mindanao's most prized prospect.

Deo Cuajao, a 6-foot-1 guard, has committed to play for the Growling Tigers, head coach Aldin Ayo confirmed Thursday.

Cuajao chose Espana rather than, as per sources, two NCAA schools as well as at one more UAAP school.

He is a super scorer who once dropped 41 points to shoot Holy Child College of Davao to the 2019 NBTC League National Finals.

The 18-year-old is much more than that, however, as he can make plays for his teammates as good as he makes them for himself.

Coach Aldin likened his newest ward to UST High School standout Mark Nonoy who averaged an all-around 21.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.6 steals in his one-and-done season in the UAAP Juniors.

"Para siyang wing version ni Mark Nonoy," the fiery mentor shared.

Cuajao starred for HCC in Davao, but he hails from Midsayap, North Cotabato - also home to now-Blackwater star Mac Belo.

He and Nonoy form a terrific twosome that, alongside CJ Cansino who is well on track from his ACL injury, will hold down the backcourt for the Growling Tigers for the foreseeable.

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