ATENEO coach Tab Baldwin admitted there are players in the Blue Eagles lineup who are not doing very well in school and he won’t hesitate to scratch them off the roster.
Baldwin described the players’ situation as “academic hot water” and it could present a problem for the team in Season 79 of the UAAP. The collegiate league uses the second semester as basis for a player’s eligibility to play for the season.
“I don’t want academic problems. I don’t want academic risks. We’ve made that clear to the players because we have some players who are in academic hot water right now,” Baldwin told Spin.ph on Tuesday after the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.
“Those players need to get out of that and never get there again. We have taken and will take measures to make sure that doesn’t happen because if it continues to happen, the player will be washed out of the program,” Baldwin said, although he refused to name the players.
Baldwin admits the basketball program puts premium on talent, but that alone won’t keep the players on the team.
“We really have three pillars that we believe the program has to be built on. One of those is talent, that makes sense.
“One is character especially with young people. We as a coaching staff and the management team, we assume the responsibility of developing young men, good young men, men that play basketball who will have contributions to their family and to the society so character is extremely important.
“The third is academic,” said Baldwin.