RR Garcia is still undecided on whether to play another season with Far Eastern University in the UAAP, saying he still needs to talk to the new coaching staff led by head coach Nash Racela before making a decision.
“Wala pa,” said Garcia on Tuesday, when asked by Spin.ph if he has already made a decision on next season. “Sa akin siguro, pinag-iisipan ko pa … Marami ding nagsasabi na tapusin ko (sa FEU).
“Kakausapin pa ako ni coach Nash. Hindi ko pa alam kung ano pag-uusapan namin,” Garcia added.
Garcia, the 2010 league MVP, didn’t state what exactly is hindering him from staying with the Tamaraws for another year but sources close to the FEU guard says the 22-year-old feels he is ready to make the jump to the PBA.
Racela said he is aware of Garcia's indecision, but made it clear the point guard is very much part of his plans as he looks to revive the Tamaraws' fortunes after their failure to reach the Final Four last season.
“I’ve heard that RR is thinking of going straight to the PBA,” said Racela. “But of course, he is welcome to stay with FEU. We know what he is capable of doing. Malaking bagay siya para sa team.”
If he decides to stay with the Tamaraws at least for another season, Garcia believes he won’t have a difficult time adjusting from former coach Bert Flores' system to the new one under Racela.
“Madali naman para sa akin kasi ‘yung sa FEU ngayon, halos pareho lang naman kaya hindi ako mahihirapan kahit na bumalik,” said Garcia.
Garcia said that one factor that will make him stay with the Tamaraws is an opportunity to win a championship. FEU fell just short of the title in 2010 and 2011, losing to Ateneo both times.
“Kailangan ko kasi mag-champion kaya pwede pa rin talaga ako bumalik,” Garcia said.
Racela's entry has triggered a mild revamp of the Tamaraws' lineup which included the axing of controversial forward Arvie Bringas.