CEBU City - The University of San Carlos’ prodigal son has finally returned.
Daryl Nazareno found himself back in the Warriors’ camp following a shot at a collegiate career in Manila that saw him toil mostly in the Team B of the San Beda Red Lions.
No less than Britt Reroma confirmed the Nazareno’s homecoming that reunites the streak-shooting wingman with his former coach with the San Beda Red Cubs.
Until his frustrating stint with the Red Lions’ Team B, Nazareno was part of the Red Cubs’ champion teams in the NCAA.
“His addition to the team is very important. He’s a high-percentage shooter who can help us stretch the defense. And with Ian Ortega still recovering, he will be leaned on for vital contributions,” shared Reroma, recently named as USC head coach following the exit of Junthy Valenzuela.
Nazareno’s return stint with the Warriors has brought his career full circle after starting with USC’s Baby Warriors before moving to Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu.
From there, he made his way to a loaded San Beda team where he won a juniors championship alongside now UAAP Rookie of the Year Arvin Tolentino, Francis Abarcar, Van Abatayo, and Ranbill Tongco.
Nazareno readily made a name for himself playing for the Red Cubs that he was even made a part of the country’s first-ever national high school all-star game back in 2012, a talented crop bannered by Jeron Teng.
But while most of his batchmates went on to shine in the UAAP and NCAA, Nazareno was left behind and spent time playing for the Lions’ Team B.
“It feels so good to be back in Cebu playing for my former alma mater. I asked permission from my dad last year if I could continue our college education back in Cebu. He gave us a shot and I’m very happy we could be together again after being in Manila for six years,” said Nazareno.
Nazareno though, admitted he is still trying to get into the groove of things at USC, but added that having a coach and a system he is familiar with helps a lot in his adjustment.
“For now, I’m still trying out. I’m not yet in the team. Being with my former coach at San Beda is great and I’m very thankful because he gave me a chance to play again in my former school,” the young stud added.
The six-foot wingman is expected to bolster an already-loaded backcourt at USC which has Cesafi Mythical Five member Victor Rabat, Ian Tagapan, and Ortega, who is still recovering from a knee surgery.