CESAFI Juniors Most Valuable Player Leobert Andrew “LA” Casinillo has committed to join the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs in the UAAP.
After leading the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles to the Cesafi title last year, it didn’t take long for Casinillo to catch the eye of UST Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo, who visited Cebu in January.
And with the Cesafi’s 2020 season already shelved, Casinillo felt it was the right time to make the move.
“It started when they came here when they conducted their tryout for both the men’s and high school team. I was one of their targets for recruitment and Coach Aldin Ayo spoke to my father during the tryout sessions,” shared the 6-foot two-guard.
Casinillo said he just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play in the UAAP.
“Opportunity comes and goes as they say. Since there’s no more Cesafi, my family decided that I should try my luck there in Manila,” he added.
Casinillo also disclosed that La Salle and UST were recruiting him but he chose the latter, primarily because of Ayo, who he described as his “idol” in coaching.
“I chose UST because of its basketball program, academics and most especially, because I’m sure that I’m in good hands with Coach Aldin Ayo,” Casinillo said.