CEBU CITY – The plot thickens in the drama surrounding Jun Manzo and both the University of the Visayas and the University of the Philippines, as the promising guard flip-flopped once again and said he will return to the Fighting Maroons.
Just a few days after saying that he was reneging on his commitment to play for the Maroons in the UAAP to return to UV, Manzo made a 180-degree turn and told Maroons assistant team manager Mel Macasaquit that he was heading back to Manila on Tuesday to enroll.
“I spoke to (Jun) Manzo a while ago. He said that he never committed to go back to UV. He’s staying with UP. He’s flying back to Manila this week to enroll,” said Macasaquit in yet another twist to what has been the most bizarre player transfer in recent memory.
Just last Saturday, Manzo re-committed to UV in a talk with team manager and young solon Gerald Anthony 'Samsam' Gullas.
But upon learning of Manzo’s decision, UP’s management team cried foul and revealed that Manzo and fellow Cebu recruit Leonard Santillan have already signed contracts with them — something that Manzo himself confirmed and vowed to honor after speaking with Macasaquit on Monday.
“I just told him that he is one of the best amateur guards that we have ever seen and that we’re putting our trust in him. He should also put his trust in us and how we can help him both on and off the court,” said the Maroons official.
“It’s not only a UAAP career that we are offering, it’s the chance to have the best education in the country,” he added.
However, two sources within UV’s management team that SPIN.ph spoke with revealed that Manzo has already enrolled at their school last Saturday and that Manzo was leaving for Manila simply to grab his belongings.
Informed of this, Macasaquit said that this tumultuous recruitment was one of their agendas during their management meeting on Tuesday morning.
“This is the first time we have gone through something like this. I have sent him text messages and called as well but he (Manzo) could not be reached. We have decided to give him until Friday to come back. If he doesn’t, we’ll let him go,” said Macasaquit.
“However, we will pen a letter to the league that he intends to play in and attach the signed contract that he has with us. We feel that it is also our responsibility to let him know that he can’t just sign a contract and commit to one team and suddenly play for another,” he added.
Gullas declined to comment when pressed for further comment by SPIN.ph.