THE son of Freddie Abuda will stay with San Beda after his high school stint with the Red Cubs.
San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez said Franz Abuda has committed to play for the Red Lions in college, bringing his defensive abilities to the four-time NCAA defending champions.
Although he posted modest numbers of 5.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per outing in his final season with the Red Cubs in 2013, the 6-1 Abuda has gotten high marks from Fernandez because of his tough defense which the coach likened to his father's.
“He is a pesky defender like his father,” said Fernandez of the younger Abuda.
Incidentally, Franz stayed at San Beda even after his father, a longtime mainstay of San Miguel in the PBA, recently moved to De La Salle in the UAAP as an assistant coach.
Freddie is also part of the coaching staff of Barangay Ginebra in the PBA that is led by head coach Ato Agustin and active assistant coach Juno Sauler.
Fernandez also said the Red Lions have also gained a commitment from another Red Cub, Lance Abude, and former national youth team member Daryl Pascual, an athletic 6-4 cager out of Pampanga who can play multiple positions.
Barring any last-minute changes, Fernandez said San Beda will most likely hold its preseason training in Lithuania. Specific details of the training are still being ironed out, he added.