UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas won't be missing much veteran presence at the point after securing the services of Joshua Fontanilla.
The 21-year-old court general is set to suit up for the Growling Tigers after his three-year run with St. Clare College, expressing his commitment to Espana to coach Aldin Ayo and team manager Jimi Lim of Ironcon on Sunday.
Ayo welcomed the entry of the 5-foot-11 Fontanilla, who he sees as an able replacement for senior playmaker Renzo Subido.
"Malaking bagay si Joshua kasi isa siya sa papalit sa pwesto ni Renzo. Naghahanap din tlga kami ng point guard na malaki," the Sorsogon-born mentor said.
Fontanilla has established himself as one of the top point guards outside of the UAAP and NCAA, proving his worth in the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (Naascu) as he led the Saints to back-to-back titles, averaging 10.2 points, 6.2 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.8 steals this past season.
The shifty guard has also made a solid case for himself in the PBA D-League, leading St. Clare with his 13.3 points, 4.1 assists, 3.5 boards and 2.9 steals this past Aspirants' Cup.
His numbers took a bit of a dip as he played behind veterans in BRT Sumisip-St. Clare in the Foundation Cup, netting 11.5 points, 5.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.9 steals, but the Saints went on to win the championship.
Schools have wooed Fontanilla for the past few months, but him opting to go to UST will reunite him with his St. Clare coach Jinino Manansala, who also serves as an assistant in Ayo's coaching staff.