ADAMSON has brought in a couple of Filipino-American players to beef up its new-look roster in their build-up for the UAAP season.
Head coach Franz Pumaren said four Fil-Ams are currently part of the team’s pool of players, and he is expecting a few more to formally commit to join the Falcons' varsity squad.
Two of the notable Falcons recruits are Jerrick Ahanmisi, brother of top Rain or Shine rookie pick Maverick, and Bruce Lee Edwards, who gave a good account of himself in his first game with the team in the Fr. Martin Cup.
Edwards played for La Jolla Country Day High School where he averaged 12.4 points, 6.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.4 blocks in his high school career.
In his first outing with Adamson, Edwards scored 14 points, including two rim-rattlers in the Falcons’ 82-78 win over Arellano on Sunday even though he only joined the team three days ago.
“He’s been with us for three days pa lang. They are now here because it’s already spring break. I personally scouted him when I went there in San Diego last January,” said Pumaren in an interview on Sunday.
The newly-installed Adamson coach also said a few of the players from last year’s team are no longer with the Falcons. Noticeably absent from the Adamson lineup during the Fr. Martin Cup game were Jerome Garcia, Ivan Villanueva, William Polican, Nico Capote, and Gerald Fernandez.
“They are good but we felt that they won’t be able to adapt to the system,” said Pumaren.
Pumaren, however, said no one is assured of spots in the school's UAAP lineup at this point.
“We are still in the process of assessing the regular team and the new guys. They are still learning what I’m trying to apply. There will be bumps along the way but that’s part of what we are doing, teaching the system that we feel will be efficient for us,” said Pumaren.