THREE of the five Ateneo players who are reportedly no longer with the Blue Eagles varsity team due to academic deficiencies are now being eyed by other schools, sources told SPIN.ph on Thursday.
Team sources confirmed five players from Ateneo namely Arvin Tolentino, Hubert Cani, Clint Doliguez, John Apacible, and Kemark Carino are no longer with the school after failing to meet academic requirements. The story was first reported by Rappler.
But a source added three of the five players are now being offered opportunities by other schools.
Sources said Tolentino is being eyed by Far Eastern University as well as San Beda, where the high-scoring 6-3 forward starred during his high school years in the NCAA.
Cani, a former National University juniors standout, is being lured by Adamson under new coach Franz Pumaren while Doliguez is also being recruited by San Beda, added the source.
Ateneo team manager Epok Quimpo on Wednesday night confirmed in a text message that there are certain players who are having academic problems but added some will apply for probation, although he didn’t state who.
“Apply for probation pa ‘yung iba,” said Quimpo.
He is likely referring to CJ Perez and Jerie Pingoy, two other high-profile recruits from other schools who are also reportedly having difficulty making the academic cut.
Perez and Pingoy could take summer classes in order to meet Ateneo’s QPI and become eligible to play in Season 79 of the UAAP set in September.
Their status, however, will only be known when the season is already nearing its opening.
Upon his appointment as consultant of Ateneo, concurrent Gilas coach Tab Baldwin made it clear that academics will never be compromised during his time in charge of the Blue Eagles program.
Pingoy, whose transfer from Far Eastern University's high school team led to a controversy that spawned a new law on residency rules, has yet to play with the Blue Eagles in the preseason.
On the other hand, Perez has played on and off for the Blue Eagles since spending one year of residency in Katipunan after his move from San Sebastian.