COMEBACKING Renzo Subido believes University of Santo Tomas will transform from cellar-dweller into a UAAP darkhorse upon the appointment of Aldin Ayo as head coach.
Subido, 21, said UST is bound to become one of the most hardworking teams in the college league - and consequently become competitive right in Ayo's first year in charge.
“Siguro, what I can say is UST can be a darkhorse this season,” said Subido. “We will be the most hardworking team.”
The peppery guard has returned to the Tigers lineup after missing Season 80 in a campaign that saw the Growling Tigers win just one game in 14 outings under Boy Sablan.
The return of the former De La Salle-Zobel standout coincided with UST's signing of Ayo, who won NCAA and UAAP championships with Letran and De La Salle, respectively.
After attending several practices with UST under Ayo, Subido said it has become clear that the first-year coach is putting a lot of emphasis on his relationship with players.
“For me, coach Aldin is not just a coach, he treasures his relationships with his players. For me, ‘yun ang pinaka-importante. ‘Yung coach-player relationship is going to be a big part when he introduces us to the system,” said Subido.
Subido said he has been allowed by Ayo to continue his stint with Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League, but he repays the trust by making it a point not to miss a UST practice despite his hectic schedule.
“Actually, nag-paalam naman ako sa kanya. Siyempre, ako, I still have my obligation for UST. Nangyayari is nagta-twice a day practice ako. Kung may game kami, excuse muna ako sa practice," said Subido, who still has two years of eligibility left with UST.