ALVIN Pasaol is committed to stay at University of the East despite a coaching change that led to the departure of Derrick Pumaren, the man who brought him to the Warriors' fold.
Pumaren recruited Pasaol and saw the burly forward turn into one of the UAAP's most prolific scorers the past two seasons, putting up a league-record 49 points in one game last year.
Pumaren left the UE camp after three seasons in charge, but Pasaol said he has no plans of leaving the Red Warriors even after the coaching change.
“Mag-stay ako sa UE sa last two years ko,” said Pasao
Koy Banal has emerged as one of the candidates for the UE job. Allan Caidic, a former UE star in the 1980s, is also being mentioned by several quarters at UE as a possible replacement.
Incidentally, Pasaol is currently playing in the PBA D-League with Marinerong Pilipino, which is being coached by Banal.
Pasaol said he and his UE teammates will just have to move on.
“Siguro na-shock kami lahat kasi wala na si Manong. Pero we are looking forward na lang. Tanggapin na lang namin na wala na si Manong pero ‘yung communication namin okay pa naman. Kailangan lang namin mag-adjust ulit sa bagong coach namin."
In his first PBA D-League game, Pasaol played only five minutes, finishing with just four points. But he had no problem accepting Banal's decisions.
“Kaya siguro hindi rin ako nakapaglaro dahil bagong dating lang ako. January 2 lang ako nag-train sa kanila. ‘Yun siguro ang game plan ni coach,” said Pasaol.
In so short a time, Pasaol was able to distinguish the difference between playing in the UAAP and the PBA D-League.
“Normal lang talaga ‘yung physicality,” said the 23-year-old.