ATENEO has added another weapon to its arsenal with the transfer of Fil-Am Chris Koon.
The school announced the news on Friday as the Blue Eagles welcome the 19-year-old swingman.
"When I visited a year ago, it was just the culture. Coach Tab (Baldwin) was one of the best coaches and I can just feel the family vibe when I was there," said the 6-foot-5 Koon, who is a two-time John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year awardee.
Koon posted 16.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in high school for Rolling Hills Prep, leading the Huskies to three straight CIF Southern Section championships and a CIF state title in California.
He committed to Cal Poly Pomona, but skipped the competitions in his rookie season.
Koon has already enrolled to Ateneo last Tuesday, with him set for a redshirt year before being cleared to play come UAAP Season 84. He can play the whole five years in Katipunan.
His mother Iderlina Acosta hails from Novaliches, Quezon City, and he acquired his Philippine passport months after he turned 16.
Baldwin, for his part, is just delighted by the recent transfer.
"Chris can play multiple positions, variety of skills. But one of his greatest attributes is his basketball IQ. He's very smart, very tough player, and his transition to our program will be fairly seamless," the decorated mentor said.
Koon, on the other hand, sees this move as a chance for him to take a step closer to achieving his dreams of playing in the PBA.
"My ultimate goal is to play overseas, in the PBA. It just felt like the right place and the right time to make a move to Ateneo," he said. "It's been on my mind for a while. Since the spring semester in Pomona and with everything going on, it kinda brought me to think of the opportunity there."