OVERSEAS offers are the least of Carl Tamayo's concerns after University of the Philippines' runner-up finish in the UAAP Season 85 men's basketball tournament.
"Sa ngayon, di ko pa iniisip yun," he said. "I'll take some rest first and think about it, be ready whatever opportunity comes."
Tamayo has been wooed by Korean clubs, particularly by the Seoul Samsung Thunders in the Korean Basketball League (KBL) even before the start of the season.
And after the Fighting Maroons' 75-68 Game Three defeat to Ateneo on Monday, talks continue to heat up as his future in Diliman remains in doubt.
For now, though, all Tamayo cared about was how UP fought back from 20 points down to put itself in a position to steal the win late - a run that ultimately fell short.
"Masaya ako sa teammates ko. Syempre lahat ng struggles na pinagdaanan namin ngayong season, talagang nilaban namin," the Cebuano forward said.
Nonetheless, Tamayo, who had to bleed for his 11 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in Game Three, is looking at this setback as a learning experience for him and the rest of the Fighting Maroons in hopes of keeping them among the league's powerhouses.
"But sometimes you need to learn things the hard way. Hopefully, we learn from it and bounce back next season," he said.
Tamayo also vowed to improve from this chapter wherever his future may be, saying: "I'll come back stronger next season. I'll come back better."