MARK Nonoy and Deo Cuajao's transfer to La Salle is now official.
The two former University of Santo Tomas players have been welcomed to the Green Archers camp on Tuesday with presidential son-in-law Mans Carpio laying down the red carpet.
"Through the years, La Salle has become one of the biggest and proudest collegiate basketball programs in the country. My goal is to open the doors of the school to more homegrown players who cannot afford to study there through sports," said Carpio, who was instrumental in recruiting the former Growling Tigers.
"That's the true meaning of the Animo spirit."
Spin.ph broke their transfer on Sunday, with both Nonoy and Cuajao bidding UST goodbye on Monday on the heels of the Growling Tigers' controversial Bicol bubble.
Seven players have left the UST Tigers.
Nonoy, a 5-foot-8 guard who won the UAAP Season 82 Rookie of the Year award, averaged 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists as the La Carlota, Negros Occidental native showed his wares in his first season in the seniors division.
Cuajao, meanwhile, is a 6-foot-1 shooter who was seldomly used in his rookie season but the Davaoeno showcased his promise in the 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup.
Both only 19, they will sit out the next season before being cleared to play for UAAP Season 84.
There, they will be part of a promising La Salle core bannered by Evan Nelle, Kevin Quiambao, and Jonnel Policarpio.