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    Choice of next Letran coach to dictate juniors star Nambatac's college destination

    Dec 26, 2012

    NCAA high school star Rey Nambatac’s decision on where to play college basketball will depend largely on who the next Letran Knights coach would be.

    The league's former juniors MVP and Rookie of the Year said on Wednesday he is waiting for the announcement from Letran rector Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P. on the replacement of Louie Alas before he makes his own decision on his career path.

    “Medyo nalilito pa rin ako at hinihintay ko lang na makapag-decide na mga pari kung sino head coach ng Knights at pag ganoon, magde-decide na rin ako,” Nambatac told

    The 18-year-old Squires standout had said that Letran remains his top priority but he is also considering offers from UAAP schools Adamson, Far Eastern University, and University of the Philippines.

    “Sobrang laki (na factor) lalo na kung yung bagong head coach ng Knights ay kabisado na yung laro ko so nothing to worry (about),” said the 6-foot guard, who helped the Squires earn a Final Four berth in Season 88.

    Former Knights mentor Larry Albano, Rain or Shine assistant Caloy Garcia, former University of Santo Tomas coach Nel Parado, and current Knights deputies Tino Pinat, Monch Gavieres, and Ronjay Enrile are the candidates for the position. Letran athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo, O.P. already submitted his top three choices to Lana.

    A decision would be easier for Nambatac if Gavieres, his current coach with the Squires, would be chosen.

    “Bonus na sa akin yun pag siya napili,” said the college prospect from Cagayan de Oro.

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