SAN Sebastian coach Topex Robinson said he feels Stags star CJ Perez’s planned move to Ateneo is a good decision, even if it means sitting out one season in the college leagues.
Leaving the San Sebastian Stags in the NCAA for the Blue Eagles in the UAAP entails one year of residency, which would heave Perez with just one year of eligibility with the Ateneo varsity squad in Season 79.
But Robinson, San Sebastian's coach in the two years that Perez was with the Stags, noted the move will be beneficial not just from a basketball standpoint but also academically.
“Knowing Ateneo, how they handle their players, even after their basketball careers are done, it’s without question na maganda talaga,” said Robinson.
Perez has been a consistent contributor for San Sebastian, earning the moniker ‘Baby Beast’ after being touted as the second coming of former Stags star Calvin Abueva.
“At the end of the day, magkamali man siya sa decision niya, I’m going to support him,” said Robinson.
Robinson himself isn’t sure of returning to San Sebastian as his contract ended after Season 90 of the NCAA. The Stags won only five of 18 games in Season 90.
One of the assistant coaches of Alex Compton with Alaska, Robinson said Perez regularly goes to classes at San Sebastian and moving to Ateneo will only be beneficial for the cager.
“One good thing about CJ is he attends his classes. ‘Yun naman ’yung maganda kong masasabi sa bata. Kahit nandoon na siya sa ganung status (na star player), he knows his priorities,” said Robinson.
"Maybe that was also one of the reasons he went to Ateneo."