AFTER his spectacular debut in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League, Benoit Mbala of South Western University has attracted interest from Manila-based schools — three of which, he said, have offered him spots to their varsity teams.
But the 18-year old Cameroonian, who exploded for 41 big points to lead the SWU Cobras in their 93-91 victory over the University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the Final Four, said he has yet to give the issue much thought.
“Three schools showed interest and talked to me directly,” said Mbala. “But first I have to think. I don’t know what will happen so I have to take my time.”
SWU head coach Yayoy Alcoseba, however, is certain that his prized rookie will stay put.
“Yes, I’m confident with him,” he said. “Before we signed him up, we were secured."
Alcoseba said he wasn't at all surprised by the interest in Mbala. "Pag may magaling na player everybody’s interested, as usual gusto kunin ng lahat. Why don’t they look for their own players?”
Overwhelmed by all the offers from the big schools, which Mbala refused to name, the SWU center said he will find the time to consult with school officials.
Mbala plans to reflect on the offers once he returns to Cebu, but he hinted that he is in search of "more challenge."
“As a player the thing we want is challenge, more challenge,” he said.
“And I heard here in Manila (the schools) are stronger than in Cebu so I think about it. I don’t know yet.”