IT'S not just the blue-chip high school prospects who have been hurt by the UAAP board's decision to lengthen the residency period for transferees from one to two years.
The new rule is also a big blow to the careers of less-heralded junior players.
So said new Ateneo coach Bo Perasol, who feels the controversial rule will make it harder for players with far from stellar careers in high school to land spots elsewhere in case they failed to earn places in their mother school's varsity teams.
“Isipin mo, halimbawa lang, sa Ateneo, may ga-graduate na lima (from the high school team). Eh, halimbawa puno (na ang college team) at wala akong kukunin sa kanila. Gustung gusto silang kunin, halimbawa, ng UP pero two years pa sila maghihintay,” said Perasol.
“Maaapektuhan talaga ‘yung ibang mga bata,” he added.
Highly recruited players like Jerie Pingoy, a two-time UAAP juniors MVP for Far Eastern University who has his sights set on Ateneo in college, had made the news since the new rules were announced, but Perasol feels it is the less-heralded high schools looking for college scholarships who will suffer because of the rule.
Perasol, tasked with leading Ateneo to a sixth straight UAAP title after taking over from Norman Black, also admitted that the school's highly successful recruitment program will take a hit from the new residency rules.
Nico Salva, Eric Salamat, Ryan Buenafe, Justin Chua, and Rabeh Al-Hussaini were just some of the marquee high school players recruited by Ateneo in the past.
“Dahil dalawang taon pa, ngayon hindi makapag-commit talaga sa iyo,” said the Ateneo coach.
The UAAP board recently approved the recommendation of its amendments committee to increase the residency period of high school transferees from one to two years starting next season, saying the move was aimed at "protecting the member schools' juniors program."
At the same time, the board also approved the lengthening of the residency for foreign players to two years while cutting to one that for Fil-foreign players based overseas.