SOPHOMORE forward Louie Vigil will be out of University of Santo Tomas lineup for the entire Season 76th of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament due to academis deficiencies.
The 2009 NCAA juniors MVP decided to skip the season and concentrate instead on his studies and his stint in the PBA D-League, according to teammates.
Vigil was part of the Blackwater Sports team that stunned four-time champion NLEX and won the PBA D-League Foundation Cup title Tuesday night following an 80-74 victory for a sweep of the best-of-three Finals.
“Middle ng Filoil nag-decide siya (Vigil) na mag-D-League na lang," said UST team captain Jeric Teng.
Head coach Pido Jarencio, however, confirmed to Spin.ph that Vigil was not included in the Tigers' lineup this season due to academic problems, but is currently in the process of enrolling for school year 2013-2014.
"Sa subject niya kasi nagka-problema, pero ngayon naman wino-work out na niya para next year makalaro na ulit," said Jarencio.
"Siguro dahil sa subjects niya kaya nag-decide din siya na umalis sa team," added Teng. "Siyempre nirespeto ni coach Pido ang decision niya."
The former Jose Rizal University Light Bomber star has expressed his desire to go back and play for the Tigers, but has to wait until next year to be able to suit up again for the España-based school.
"Ngayon gusto na niya bumalik," said Teng. "Pero sabi ni coach Pido unfair naman sa iba na nagpa-practice. May inilagay na kapalit niya, so give chance naman sa iba."
"This year di siya makakapaglaro, pero next year pwede na."