Visit to dugout heightens NCAA Jrs MVP Troy Mallillin's desire to play for Green Archers
At 6-3, Troy Mallillin says he intends to move to a two-guard or small forward position as he prepares to make the jump to college basketball, hopefully with La Salle. Dante Peralta

NCAA Juniors MVP Troy Mallillin has yet to commit to a college or university but is eager to go to La Salle, especially after being invited to visit the Green Archers dugout during a UAAP game.

“Ang priority ko po is DLSU,” said Mallillin after receiving the MVP trophy during the awarding ceremony on Tuesday.

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It was Archers head coach Aldin Ayo who invited him to join the Archers in the dugout, which only served to fuel the 17-year-old’s interest in the team even more.

“Pinapunta ako sa dugout. Ang gusto niyang makita is ganun sila mag-huddle,” said the 6-foot-3 Mallillin.

A former high school player at Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College, Mallillin was spotted in a league in Marikina while playing against older players. Mallillin immediately made an impact with the Greenies and in just two years has won the MVP in his final season with the Greenies.

A part of him, however, is also sad that he wasn’t able to lead the Greenies to a spot in the finals.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa taas, sa teammates, coaches, family ko, at sa mga sumusuporta sa akin. Nakakalungkot na hindi kami naka-abot sa finals. ’Yun ang pangarap ng team namin eh,” said Mallillin.

Now that he is heading to college, Mallillin said he is working on adjusting his game to the college level, saying he intends to fit into a guard or small forward position.

“Actually, lahat kailangan iimprove. Last year, nagfa-five na ako pero binigyan ako ng chance na mag-tres at kwatro ngayon. Dapat nasa dos o tres na ako,” said Mallillin.

 

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