A TOP San Sebastian official said the school respects the decision of CJ Perez to move to Ateneo, but admitted his departure will definitely be a ‘great loss’ to the Stags basketball program moving forward in the NCAA.
San Sebastian athletic director Reynold Munsayac said the school will not stand in the way of Perez’s planned transfer to Ateneo and instead is ready to move on without their prized player from Pangasinan.
Munsayac said Perez’s loss is a blow to a team that went 5-13 win-loss slate with him in the last NCAA season.
“We were saddened by that development considering that he is one of our best players. He is really a great loss,” Munsayac, a lawyer, said in a text message to Spin.ph.
Ateneo officials confirmed on Tuesday Perez is on his way to the Blue Eagles following two stellar seasons with the Golden Stags in the NCAA. Perez’s play for the Stags has earned him comparisons toformer San Sebastian star Calvin Abueva and the moniker ‘Baby Beast.’
Munsayac said they are ready to let go of Perez if the 19-year-old guard feels he will be better off moving to Ateneo.
“At any rate, we respect his decision. If he feels that this transfer will be in his best interest, we wish him the best,” said Munsayac.
Following a disappointing Season 90 campaign as well as Perez's departure, Munsayac said the school is now concentrating on improving not just its basketball team but also its entire San athletic program.
“On our end, we will still pursue our newly established sports programs using the means currently available to us,” Munsayac said.