GUILMER Dela Torre has decided to stay with Arellano to play for the Chiefs, according to head coach Jerry Codinera on Wednesday.
Codinera said the Arellano Braves point guard has committed to suit up for the Chiefs and is already joining the team’s practices during the offseason.
The 19-year-old Dela Torre, however, will still have to wait for two more years to play college ball as he is still in high school due to the K-12 program but no longer has playing years for the Braves.
Still, Codinera believes Dela Torre, a winner of the Mythical Five for the last two seasons, is worth the wait more so since former Arellano point guard Jio Jalalon recently decided to turn pro.
“May two years pa siya to finish his studies. Hopefully, ‘yung iiwan ni Jio, we can slow down the impact ‘yung pagkawala niya. We have something to look forward to na blue chip guard. Hopefully, he can adjust to the style of play in college,” said Codinera.
Last season, Dela Torre averaged 21.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals in leading the Braves to a Final Four berth in Season 92 before bowing to San Beda.
Dela Torre also guided the Braves to a finals appearance in 2015 in a series defeat against the Red Cubs.
Codinera also remained optimistic that the time Dela Torre will spend to learn the Arellano system will only make him better when the time arrives for his college debut.
“He shoots the ball well from the outside. Nag-papractice na siya bago gumraduate kaya may idea na siya on how we run the system. Malaking bagay ‘yun. It really takes time sa college to adjust,” said Codinera.