CEBU CITY - University of San Carlos’ Mythical Five forward Conrad Catapusan is being eyed by the resurgent Adamson Falcons in the UAAP.
After watching the 6-foot-2 forward from Liloan shine during the tryouts which Adamson coaches hosted last week, Falcons assistant coach Awoo Lacson came away convinced that Catapusan can play a huge role in the Falcons’ future.
“We have already relayed our intentions to head coach Rommel Rasmo, Mayor Junie Martinez and Perry Lim,” said Lacson, who came to Cebu along with fellow assistant Tonichi Yturri for the two-day tryouts on Thursday and Friday.
Impressed with what he saw, Lacson excitedly gave Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren a call and a video of the latter’s play during a scrimmage.
Lacson said they have already invited Catapusan to go to Manila in order for him to show off his skillset before Pumaren.
“We’re really committed to recruiting him,” vowed Lacson.
The 18-year old was also intrigued by the idea of joining the Falcons and showcasing his talent on the national stage. However, he is still awaiting word from USC management.
“They already want me to go to Manila to join their practices but I am still waiting on word from San Carlos,” said Catapusan, a combo forward who helped USC make it back to the finals in spite of a depleted core.
“I really am just waiting to sit down and talk with USC. I also want to finish my education here in San Carlos,” Catapusan added in an exclusive talk with SPIN.ph.
Rasmo has had a fair share of former players who have made it to both the UAAP and NCAA. This include current National University Bulldogs Joshua Sinclair, Dave Wilson Yu and Rev Diputado, University of the Philippines’ Janjan Jaboneta and Pio Longa, and Ateneo’s Kris Porter.
Rasmo said he would love to have Catapusan for one more year as he believes that the latter needs more experience, both on and off the court, before plunging headlong into Manila.
“I think he needs more experience. The things he did as a rookie this season? Imagine what he can do with more experience in his second year. Kelangan nya pa talaga magpahinog,” said Rasmo.