JONAS Tibayan of Chiang Kai Shek College has committed to join the De La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP.
La Salle coach Aldin Ayo wrote “Our newest archer” when he posted on Facebook a photo of Tibayan with Chiang Kai Shek College coach Goldwin Monteverde and other members of the Blue Dragons coaching staff.
The 6-foot-3 Tibayan is one of the highly recruited players coming out of high school, being a star and a double-double machine for the multi-titled Blue Dragons squad in high school.
Tibayan also suited up for Batang Gilas in tournaments overseas and at 17 years old was the only high school player to be picked for the Gilas cadets side that played in the Seaba Cup early this year.
Contacted for confirmation on Friday, Ayo said in a text message that only minor details are left before Tibayan's move to the Green Archers' camp becomes official.
“Gusto talaga ng bata sa La Salle,” Ayo said.
Even though he is playing outside the UAAP and the NCAA, Tibayan continues to make quite an impression in the different high school leagues that Chiang Kai Shek College is competing in.
So good is Tibayan that he has attracted interest from schools like Far Eastern University, National University, and Ateneo, whose head coach, Tab Baldwin, was in the stands when Tibayan played for CKSC in the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship last December.
With Tibayan along with John Galinato leading the way, the Blue Dragons finished second in the PSSBC, bowing to the Adamson Baby Falcons in the championship game.