TWO high school players from champion squads have committed to play for Adamson in the UAAP.
Axel Inigo of San Beda and Dawn Ochea of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu have expressed their commitment to suit up for the Falcons in the coming seasons of the UAAP.
Adamson coach Leo Austria said that Inigo has been with the squad for quite some time now and has been practicing with the team already.
Ochea, meanwhile, is set to fly to Manila on Thursday night to seal his surprising move to Adamson official.
Five-time UAAP champion Ateneo appeared to have the inside track on the services of the 6-foot-3 Cebuano since the Blue Eagles - in need of frontcourt help following the departure of Greg Slaughter and Nico Salva - have been pursuing the big man from Ateneo's sister school Sacred Heart School.
University of the Philippines had also expressed interest in Ochea, who after committing to Adamson still needs to return to Cebu as he will still play for Sacred Heart School in the Palarong Pambansa.
Inigo suited up for a Red Cubs team that won four straight NCAA juniors title, while Ochea led the Magis Eagles to the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. juniors title last year.
The Adamson coach likes the point guard mentality of Inigo as well as his championship experience with the Red Cubs in the NCAA.
“Siya ‘yung point guard na may court vision,” Austria said. “Point guard na point guard talaga. At winner siya sa San Beda kaya sanay na sanay sa maraming tao.”
Austria is likewise impressed with Ochea’s defensive capabilities.
“He is very good pagdating sa depensahan, magaling siya pumosition. Medyo undersized siya sa kanyang position pero bata pa ‘yun, puwede pang lumaki,” Austria said.
Austria also said Kimlee Bayquin of Chiang Kai Shek College in the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association has also committed to joining the Falcons starting next season.
Austria said that Bayquin can play the guard and small forward positions.
The Falcons struggled to a 3-11 win-loss slate and missed the Final Four last year after Alex Nuyles, in his final year with the team, suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.