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    Ateneo my top priority, assures Black ahead of move to PBA 

    Aug 17, 2012
    Norman Black is in his final season with the Eagles before returning to the PBA by way of Talk 'N Text. Jerome Ascano

    ATENEO coach Norman Black will devote his full attention to the Blue Eagles in the UAAP even though he is slated to take over the same position with Talk ‘N Text in the PBA next season.

    Black has set his sights on a fifth consecutive championship with Ateneo this season although the former PBA Grand Slam coach is already doing his duties as Talk ‘N Text coach, including scouting for talent in rookie camp this week.

    Black, however, assured that Ateneo is still his main priority.

    “(Ateneo) will be the top priority,” said Black in a telephone interview with Spin.ph Friday morning. “I’ll do that for the Ateneo team and the community.”

    Black is set to coach the Tropang Texters in the pro league at the end of the UAAP season but is still dead set on leaving the Eagles on a high note.

    “We are in the middle of the season and we are trying to accomplish something which is to win,” said Black.

    Holding two jobs isn’t new for Black as he has been with Talk ‘N Text even before he was picked to replace head coach Chot Reyes, who moved to Gilas II national team.

    “Actually, I’ve been with Talk ‘N Text for three years now (as consultant). It’s really nothing new,” said Black. “Definitely, being a head coach is different but I think I can handle it. But right now, my focus and priority is with Ateneo,” said Black.

    There isn't much for Black to do with regards to the draft since the Tropang Texters will be picking last in the second round -- and 20th overall.

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    “We are picking late so I guess we have to be focused more on the players that we have,” said Black.

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    Norman Black is in his final season with the Eagles before returning to the PBA by way of Talk 'N Text. Jerome Ascano
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