University of the Philippines (UP) continues to boost its roster in a bid to return to the finals of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).
Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol said they have already secured the services of Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano, two Gilas Pilipinas Youth standouts who are being groomed to be part of their rebuilding process in Season 83 of the men’s basketball tournament.
“We are very happy to have Carl and Gerry in our team,” Perasol said.
“Coming straight out of high school, they have five full playing years with the team. They will really be a big boost for our young team which is again in the process of rebuilding.”
In a separate statement, UP team manager Agaton Uvero made the confirmation, saying that they are planning to go all out to finally win the trophy that they last raised in 1986.
“Carl and Gerry will be big parts of our rebuilding effort,” Uvero said.
“Six of our players graduated last season and we have five more players who have just one playing year left. These two talents will help us secure our basketball future.”
It’s been a very busy off-season for the Fighting Maroons following a Final Four meltdown to University of Santo Tomas where they dropped their twice-to-beat advantage.
UP recruited highly-touted stars like Xavier School ace Miguel Tan, Filipino-Canadians Alonso Tan and Anton Eusebio, Filipino-Australian slotman Ethan Kirkness and Gilas Youth standout RC Calimag.
But the brightest stars they netted were the 6-foot-8 Tamayo and six-foot Abadiano.
In fact, both of them played key roles in the back-to-back title runs of National University-Nazareth School.
Tamayo posted averages of 12.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in just over 21 minutes while Abadiano played a big role in towing the Bullpups to the title.
Tamayo was named Most Valuable Player of the finals last season after capping off his high school career with 26 points and 22 rebounds against Far Eastern University as the Bullpups completed a perfect season.