MARIO Bonleon is headed for University of Santo Tomas after leaving University of the East prior to the start of the UAAP men’s basketball season.
An unimpeachable source told Spin.ph Bonleon is looking to transfer to the Espana-based school after the Growling Tigers expressed interest in obtaining the services of the former Philippine youth team member.
Bonleon, however, will have to sit out for two seasons should he decide to move to UST under the new league rule on college transferees from one UAAP school to another, unless he gets a release from UE which would cut his residency requirement to one season.
If he hasn't enrolled at UE, Bonleon can play for UST next season.
Bonleon and his father, former amateur standout Nonoy, could not be reached for comment as of post time.
Bonleon was part of the Red Warriors’ roster during the preseason, but his name was noticeably left out when the Red Warriors submitted their official 16-man roster for Season 76 of the league.
His father later confirmed his son is no longer part of the team, leaving the schoolon the advice of his mother.
However, the elder Bonleon clarified that his son left the Recto-based school in good terms.
If ever, Bonleon will be the second player to move to UST recently after former Philippine youth team point guard Joel Tolentino, who joined the Tigers after stints with De La Salle and College of Saint Benilde.