THE University of the Philippines got an added boost ahead of the UAAP men’s basketball season as former San Beda mainstay Dave Moralde and the returning Mikee Reyes suit up for the Diliman-based squad this year.
Moralde was included by head coach Rey Madrid in the lineup after transferring from San Beda. He will be joined by last season’s Rookie of the Year Kyles Lao, Henri Asilum, and JR Gallarza after topscoring for the Maroons in the Filoil preseason tournament.
Reyes, meanwhile, returns to the Maroons for his final year with the school after a falling out with ex-head coach Ricky Dandan last season.
The additions of Moralde and Reyes will ease the impact of the departure of big man Raul Soyud and boost the Maroons’ campaign after going 0-14 in Season 76.
Diego Dario, a member of the Fiba Under-17 World Championship squad, leads four rookies in the lineup that also included Jarrell Lim of Xavier, Jose Carlos Escalambre from Isabela, and Nhomer Gonzales from Cornerstone Christian Academy.
Also breaking in the 16-man lineup of the Maroons are Agustin Amar, Darwish Bederi, Moriah Gingerich, Andrew Harris, Mark Juruena, Martin Pascual, and Gelo Vito.