WITH a new coach in place, Mikee Reyes is intent on returning to University of the Philippines for the coming UAAP season and finishing his collegiate career with the Maroons.
Reyes said he is looking forward to rejoining the Diliman-based squad this year as he made no effort to hide the main reason why he left the team last season when interviewed by Spin.ph.
The 23-year-old Reyes admitted his feud with then head coach Ricky Dandan was the only reason on why he decided to leave the team. Dandan had since been relieved and is now with Ateneo as part of coach Bo Perasol’s staff.
Rey Madrid has recently been named head coach of the Maroons after taking over the place of Dandan midway through Season 76 of the league, a move which prompted Reyes to return.
“’Yung conflict lang naman is between me and coach Ricky,” said Reyes. “After that, whoever the coach will be, I’ll come back and try out.”
The controversial point guard, however, said he doesn’t want an automatic slot in the team as he plans to go through the process of undergoing tryouts once again.
“I left so I don’t want din naman na i-baby ako. I left the team so I have to try out again,” he said.
After leaving UP, the La Salle Greenhills product found himself plying his wares in the PBA D-League as part of Blackwater Sports in the ongoing Aspirants Cup.
Reyes is excited about the prospect of returning to the Maroons to resume an injury-riddled collegiate career.
“Looking forward ako dahil two years pa ako and I’m 23 so sayang naman. I think it’s high time na mag-pick up na ang UP,” Reyes said.
Reyes suffered shoulder injuries that forced him to miss two full seasons with UP. He was on the comeback trail last season after a second shoulder surgery when he suddenly left the team.
“Okay na ‘yung shoulder ko. I underwent another shoulder surgery pero ngayon wala na and I don’t have a problem with it anymore,” said Reyes.
Despite the Maroons' 0-14 record last year, Reyes is positive about the chances of the young Maroons’ campaign in the UAAP season.
“We lost Tata (Marata) and Raul (Soyud), but other players have gained experience from last year lalo na ‘yung latter part. Ginagamit na ‘yung mga bata and hopefully with the new coach, makuha naman ‘yung right game plan for the team,” said Reyes.