FORMER Philippine youth stalwart Mario Bonleon has left University of the East and will no longer be part of the Red Warriors’ roster in the coming Season of the UAAP set to open this Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Bonleon's name was noticeably absent from the official 16-man roster released by the team and the father of the ex-La Salle Greenhills standout, Nonoy, confirmed his son is no longer suiting up for the Warriors.
He added his son will no longer study at UE and has gone back home in Davao.
“Nanay niya ang nag-desisyon,” said the elder Bonleon, a former player himself, without elaborating.
Bonleon’s father likewise is no longer part of the Warriors’ coaching staff under Boycie Zamar, a former teammate during their amateur days in the old Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL).
However, Bonleon insisted they left UE in good terms.
The former youth team member had earlier expressed his commitment to play for the Warriors during the offseason after a colorful stint with La Salle Greenhills in the NCAA.
He also suited up for the Energen-Pilipinas squad that competed in the Fiba-Asia youth tournament in Mongolia where he had for teammates the likes of Ateneo prize catch Jerie Pingoy and University of the Philippines rookie Kyles Lao.
Bonleon saw action for the Warriors in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup but was sparingly used in a loaded UE line-up that went on to win the title in the preseason tournament.