TWO-TIME UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy will push through with his plan to transfer from Far Eastern University to Ateneo next school year despite a new residency rule that will make him eligible to play for the Blue Eagles only in 2015.
Jerry Pingoy, father of the FEU juniors star, insisted his son is bent on moving to Ateneo after he graduates from FEU this month and not even the controversial change that requires a two-year residency for high school transferees will change his mind.
“Walang residency o meron, Ateneo talaga anak ko,” the former PBA cager insisted when contacted by Spin.ph on Wednesday. “Kasi ang priority talaga ng anak ko, mag-aral at magtapos.”
The tug-of-war between Ateneo and FEU for Pingoy has triggered the rules rethink that, in turn, led to the contentious UAAP board decision to increase the residency period for high school transferees from one to two years.
Under the new residency rule which will take effect next season, the Cebu hotshot will only be eligible to play for the Blue Eagles in 2015 but can suit up for the FEU Tamaraws next season if he opts to stay put.
The elder Pingoy only had praises for FEU's sports program but insisted that his son has already made up his mind to go to Ateneo and get a good college education.
“Maganda naman ‘yung palakad (ng FEU), ‘yung basketball program nila. Pero ‘yung anak ko, gusto talaga sa Ateneo. Gustong mag-aral at magtapos. Sino ba ang hindi may gusto ng Ateneo?” said Jerry.
There were fears that the two-year residency period may end up ruining the basketball career of the country's most heavily recruited high school player, but his father was undaunted.
“Siguro naman, hindi siguro maaapektuhan dahil ipapakita niya na hindi lang basketball ang hinahanap niya. ‘Yung career naman siguro, hindi lang naman sa UAAP," said the elder Pingoy.
"Kung Ateneo naman ang anak ko, marami naman pwede paglaruan pa,” he added.