Former Red Cub Nico Abatayo sees action for National U Bulldogs in invitational tournament
Nico Abatayo, the Red Cubs' top rebounder last season, brings his game to National University. Czeasar Dancel

NICO Abatayo has started to play for National University, joining the list of Red Cubs who have left San Beda to be able to play in the UAAP.

Abatayo said in a brief chat with on Tuesday that NU being a UAAP school was a key factor in his decision to join the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-1 Abatayo played for the Bulldogs in the Philippine-Australia goodwill tournament against San Sebastian at the Philsports Arena. He started and scored one point.

Abatayo is now set to battle former teammate Andrei Caracut, who has transferred to La Salle.

He averaged 11.2 points and a team-best 9.8 rebounds for the Red Cubs in last season’s elimination round and San Beda went on to win its fifth straight NCAA title, beating Mapua in the finals.

Abatayo reunites with Rev Diputado, who played for the Red Cubs two years ago before moving to NU.

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