RENZO Subido is taking the same route as a former De La Salle-Zobel star turned Tiger as the Junior Archers guard heads to University of Santo Tomas to play college ball.
Henry Subido confirmed his son Renzo will most likely suit up for the Tigers in the UAAP in college after his high school stint with the Junior Archers.
“Renzo has been practicing with the UST team since December. So far, Renzo has been getting positive responses from the UST coaches,” said the elder Subido.
The Zobel star point guard led Season 76 of the UAAP juniors tournament in scoring with average of 20.1 points a game while finishing second in three-point shooting with a total 30 conversions.
The development mirrored similar move six years ago by another Zobel point guard in Jeric Fortuna, who also decided to move to España instead of going to De La Salle's Taft campus.
In 2008, Fortuna played his rookie season with UST after a stint as a star player of the Junior Archers.
The move proved to be a success as Fortuna went on to have a fruitful career with the Tigers and in amateur basketball in general. He was eventually drafted by Barako Bull in last year’s PBA rookie draft.
UST didn’t have a natural point guard since Fortuna played his final year with the Tigers in 2012.
The elder Subido admitted the long line of top point guards who emerged from UST also played a role in the decision to move his son to Espana.
“I have looked at UST’s pipeline of point guards. I think my son has a place in their team,” said Henry, a former University of the Philippines Maroon.
Henry said the recent coaching change at UST which saw Pido Jarencio leave the school to sign up as GlobalPort mentor in the PBA won’t have an effect on their decision.
Assistant coach Estong Ballesteros is currently in charge of the Tigers in an interim basis.
“On coach Pido’s last day of practice with the team, he talked to both my son and me. His words were very heartwarming and encouraging,” said Subido.
“With coach Estong Ballesteros running the team now, Renzo doesn't find any problem regarding his system. It's the system my son thinks he's very well suited for,” the elder Subido added.
Due to his move from DLSZ to UST, Subido is covered by the controversial two-year residency rule imposed on high school graduates moving to a different UAAP school in college.
But Henry said he was given an assurance by a DLSZ officials that they will get a release, allowing his son to play immediately in Season 77.
“My wife was assured by one of my son's coaches. So we're just banking on my son's coach's words,” said the elder Subido.