ROBERT Bolick has moved from the De La Salle Green Archers to the reigning NCAA champions San Beda Red Lions.
Bolick confirmed the move to Spin.ph on Monday, saying he believes playing for the five-time champion Red Lions now mentored by former Batang Gilas coach Jamike Jarin will be best for his career.
“It’s a better opportunity for me,” said the 19-year-old Ormoc City native. “The people there were so nice and I can see myself improving with coach Jamike’s system. It was suitable for me to play there.”
Bolick will need to take up a one-year residency and will be eligible to play for the Red Lions in 2016, or after current San Beda star guard Baser Amer has played out his final season with the perennial NCAA champions.
He will have three more years of eligibility with the Red Lions.
“At least makatulong ako sa team, and hopefully, ma-continue ‘yung championship glory sa San Beda,” said Bolick, who is already attending San Beda practices.
Bolick spent two years with the Green Archers, winning a UAAP title in his first year in 2013. He is actually making a return to the NCAA, having played for La Salle Greenhills for one year in high school before his move to the UAAP.
The 6-foot-1 cager said he has no ill feelings towards La Salle despite seeing limited action for Archers coach Juno Sauler in his sophomore season last year, where he averaged only 1.8 points in 9.1 minutes of action in 13 games.
Bolick also thanked La Salle management led by team patron Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco and Gee Abanilla, the former Green Archers coach who was instrumental in bringing him into the seniors squad.
“Hindi ko po makakalimutan ‘yun (La Salle) dahil nag-champion kami. Memorable moment ‘yun sa akin. Hindi mawawala sa akin ‘yun. Proud pa rin ako,” said Bolick.
Bolick also said he will miss his former La Salle teammates, some of who incidentally are also no longer around, having played out their college eligibility.
“Mami-miss ko ‘yung mga seniors, sabay-sabay kami umalis. Sila Oda Tampus, Luigi Dela Paz, LA Revilla, Norbert Torres, Almond Vosotros, Yutien Andrada. Sila mga best friends ko doon eh. Sakto wala na rin sila,” said Bolick.