DAYS after a falling-out with the Maroons, Mikee Reyes is now open to considering basketball outside the confines of the University of the Philippines.
The 22-year-old point guard admitted he’s now weighing the possibility of suiting up for other college teams next season, saying no less than four teams from both the UAAP and NCAA have expressed interest.
“Other colleges have already called. Nalaman nila na wala na ako (sa UP Maroons). They’re asking me if I am willing (to play for them) even if it is already late in my college life,” said Reyes.
The point guard, who left the Maroons after being relegated to the third team by UP coach Ricky Dandan, said he plans to play out his final two years of college eligibility with another school.
“Technically may one-year residency pa ako at one year to play,” he stressed.
Reyes didn’t hide his feeling for his alma mater in light of his sudden parting of ways with the Fighting Maroons after just two games in Season 76 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
“Masama rin loob ko kasi `yung ibang schools tinawagan na ako, tapos `yung sarili kong college wala. I haven’t received any text or call. Mas tumatawag pa nga ang mga reporters eh,” he blurted out.
“Talagang pakiramdam ko I am not that important. I mean, the whole UAAP is talking about it, tapos sila walang wala lang.”
He likewise lamented the lack of effort from UP administration to sit down with him and Dandan to settle the issue.
“Sana man lang nag-intervene `yung school or clarified things. Para lang ma-release na `yung totoong istorya. Kung di nga ako na-interview ng media, hindi lalabas ang totoo,” he said.
Reyes earlier revealed to Spin.ph the decision of Dandan to relegate him to UP’s third team.
“Binaba nila talaga ko. And ultimately sinabi ni coach Ricky, ‘We can win without you.’ Tingin ko talaga dun nagmula `yun sa naging response ko after ilabas niya ako,” Reyes said of the incident when he was taken out by the UP coach at the height of a huge Maroons fightback against the Falcons.
Reyes said Dandan gave him a tongue-lashing.
“Talagang pinagagalitan niya ako 'nun. Hindi naman ako kumibo eh. Hindi nga ako nagsalita. Pero honestly na-frustrate talaga ako nun sa nangyari. Three years ko hinintay `yung laro na yun eh,” said Reyes, who missed most of the last UAAP season due to a shoulder injury.
Reyes said he plans to finish his schooling at UP where he is taking up Tourism.
“Tatapusin ko na lang muna siguro `yung year, tapos saka ako lilipat. Wala na rin naman akong gagawin. Sayang naman kung hihinto pa ako,” said the fifth-year student.