HIGH school star Hubert Cani is interested to play for Ateneo in the UAAP but has not committed to any college team at the moment, his father said.
Jon-Jon Cani said his son has not made any commitment as far as his college career is concerned since winning the Finals Most Valuable Player award after leading the National University Bullpups to the UAAP juniors crown in Season 76 against Ateneo last October.
The elder Cani said they only have respect for NU, which honed the basketball skills of his son who is now one of the most sought after high school stars today.
Cani said the Sy-owned school will be the first to know about their decision on whether Hubert will stay or leave NU when the time comes.
“May respect kami sa school niya at sa NU community kaya sila ang unang makakaalam kapag nag-commit na kami,” said Jon-Jon.
The younger Cani is regarded as one of the best guard prospects coming out of high school after he led the Bullpups to a 16-game sweep of UAAP Season 76 by averaging 13.8 points, 6.1 assists during the elimination round.
The elder Cani, however, admitted that Ateneo is a strong candidate to become the college team of his son for Season 77 and beyond.
“Wala pang commitment sa Ateneo but Hubert is interested to be a Blue Eagle,” Jon-Jon said, in response to a report by Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson on Sunday that said Cani had already committed to the Katipunan-based university.
Being a high school graduate, Cani is covered by the controversial UAAP rule requiring transferees to undergo a two-year residency before suiting up for his new school team, unless he gets a release from his previous team.
But a source said NU had already agreed that it will release Cani if he chooses a different school for college.
If he agrees to join Ateneo, Cani will be joining San Beda Red Cub Arvin Tolentino and Hope Christian School cagers Clint Doliguez and John Apacible as high school players from other schools in the Blue Eagles' nest.