SAN Beda faces the dilemma of choosing who among its three foreign players to field for its title defense in the NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament which begins on July 8.
With the NCAA allowing only two players each team to be part of the roster, the Red Lions will have a tough choice on who they will cut for the coming season.
San Beda team manager Jude Roque told reporters during Tuesday's Philippine Sportswriters Association at the Golden Phoenix Hotel the final 16 is still not final as they are waiting for the grades of the players who are eligible to play for the coming season.
That includes foreigner players Donald Tankoua, Arnaud Noah, and Eugene Toba, Roque added.
"Actually, 'yung buong final lineup namin is still undecided," said Roque on Tuesday. "We are expecting the final grades to come out this afternoon. Siguro 'yung earliest na maka-decide kami is tonight (Tuesday night).
"May mga candidate sa team na incomplete pa 'yung grades and that includes 'yung three imports. The grades might decide kung sino ila-lineup," said Roque.
The choice will definitely be not easy.
Although sidelined during the preseason by an ACL injury he suffered last season, Tankoua, a member of last year's Mythical Five, has rejoined team practices although he will likely play limited minutes in the early stages of the campaign.
"Okay na siya. He started practicing with us three weeks ago pero 'yung scrimmages, gradual pa lang. If ever siya ang masasama sa lineup, ang tingin namin diyan, sa first round baka minimal playing time lang siya.
"Pero sabi naman ng physical therapists at mga doctors, by second round, he should be a hundred percent," said Roque.
The 23-year-old Noah was last year's Finals MVP, while the 20-year-old Toba had an impressive preseason and deserves a second look with his size.