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    La Salle Green Archers bring in three one-and-done Fil-foreigners

    Jul 23, 2019

    LA Salle continued to retool, signing up three one-and-done Fil-foreigners to bolster the Green Archers lineup ahead of the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament.

    Sources bared Keyshawn Evans, Jamie Orme, and James Laput will all be suiting up for the green-and-white for their lone collegiate season in the country.

    Tiebreaker Times was the first to report on the development.

    The 6-foot Evans, 23, played all four years for Illinois State, netting 8.5 points, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 rebounds in his time with the Redbirds.

    Orme is a 6-foot-7 forward who played for Highline Community College before spending his last two years with Portland State, averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds with the Vikings.

    The 6-foot-9 Fil-Aussie Laput, on the other hand, played for Division II school Young Harris College where he suited up in 14 games.

    All three Fil-foreign players will be eligible under the "Troy Rike rule," which allows students who already graduated from non-UAAP schools to suit up for one more year in the league.

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    Aside from the three, La Salle also welcomed Fil-Am rookie Andrew Sanderson-Singson, a 6-foot-5 swingman from Rock Ridge High School in Virginia who saw action for FilAm Sports in the 2018 National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) National Finals.

    La Salle also has fresh recruits Joel Cagulangan and Joshua David from La Salle Greenhills to join forces with new leaders Aljun Melecio, Andrei Caracut, Encho Serrano, and Justine Baltazar.

    The recruits are expected to revitalize the Green Archers, who missed the Final Four last season despite amassing a 8-6 win-loss card under coach Louie Gonzalez.

    La Salle lost team captain Kib Montalbo and star forward Santi Santillan to graduation, as well as Kiwi center Taane Samuel, Jollo Go, Mark Dyke, and Miggy Corteza.

    Gian Nazario was installed as the team's new head coach over the summer, with American mentor Jermaine Byrd acting as an active consultant.

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