MANILA, Philippines – Letran coach Bonnie Tan said the arrival of new staff from the University of Santo Tomo is a challenge for knights, which he gladly accepts.
True, the rich got rich after the NCAA champion secured the rising star’s commitments Rhenzas Abando, Brent Paraiso and Ira Bataller.
“I don’t think we’re a very strong team, but I think we’re stronger,” Tan said in The Chasedown.
“As a coach, I think everyone will agree that it’s better to have the problem of too much talent than to lack the talent that can be used in the game.”
The three left the UST as the school faces a possible suspension of the UAAP after its men’s basketball team was called in to host a bubble training camp in Sorsogon between the coronavirus pandemic lock.
“We were surprised that they called us and asked if they could participate in the Letran program. It is difficult for a coach to resist the possibility of having these types of players who are experienced players, ”said Tan.
“There were no negotiations, but we met several times to find out each other’s expectations.”
Only in the first season of Letran head coach Tan led the minors Knights into an impressive championship run where they knocked down the defending title of San Beda and took the NCAA 95 season title.
Abando, Paraiso and Bataller will not be eligible for the Knights until the 97th season due to the one-year residency rule.
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