JOZHUA General, who found himself embroiled in a controversy in last year’s UAAP juniors basketball tournament, is set for a fresh start as he suits up for Emilio Aguinaldo College's seniors team in Season 90 of the NCAA.
In the latest team roster released by the league on Monday, General was part of the 15-man lineup of the Generals this year after playing for University of the Philippines Integrated School last season in the UAAP.
His final year with the Junior Maroons, however, was tainted with controversy as a UPIS win was forfeited after the UAAP board ruled that General was ineligible to play for the team last year.
General’s family took the issue to the courts, obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in relation to the UAAP decision. That allowed their son to continue playing for UPIS in Season 77.
General, who averaged 8.2 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Junior Maroons last year, now gets a fresh start as one of two rookies out of high school playing for the Generals this season.
“That’s good. He can play,” said UPIS coach Allan Gregorio, when informed about his former player breaking into the EAC lineup.
In its decision last year, the UAAP board said General should not be included in the Junior Maroons roster after he had exceeded the five-season window for high school players, starting from the year they graduated in grade school.
The board deemed General already graduated in Grade Six in Naga in 2008, making him ineligible to play in the 2013 season.
But UPIS contended General had enrolled in Grade Seven at Lourdes High School and graduated in 2010, which they believe should be the starting point of the UAAP calculation with regards to his playing eligibility.