Eight promising rookies likely to make immediate impact in UAAP Season 78
Philip Manalang, Hubert Cani, Jerie Pinggoy, Andrei Caracut, and Mario Bonleon are just five of the promising rookies likely to make their presence felt in Season 78 of the UAAP. Jerome Ascano

SEASON 78 of the UAAP is upon us and several new faces are again expected to catch the fancy of basketball fans as they suit up for their respective teams for the very time in the country’s premier collegiate league.

A few of them will be coming out fresh from high school, while the others had just completed their required residency.

Who among them would make an immediate impact? Spin.ph takes a look at eight rookies who’s likely to prove that they ‘do belong.’


Andrei Caracut (La Salle)

Caracut quickly made a good impression as early as the preseason after emerging as the Archers’ second leading scorer during the Filoil tournament. La Salle coach Juno Sauler likes what the former San Beda Red Cub can bring to the team.

“Si Andrei can play the one and the two. Ang daming dimensions na nadadala ni Andrei sa team,” said Sauler.


Hubert Cani (Ateneo)

The former National University high school standout can finally play for Ateneo following a last minute decision by the UAAP board to declare him eligible.

Coach Bo Perasol defined the importance of Cani for Blue Eagles this season.

“Makikita mo ‘yung potential niya. Magiging critical ‘yung contribution niya this season,” he said.


Jerie Pingoy (Ateneo)

The long wait ends for Pingoy, who finally gets to play for Ateneo after serving a two-year residency following his transfer from Far Eastern University high school.

“Naniniwala ako na he has what it takes to be aggressive on offense at maging pesky sa defense. That’s why we recruited him,” said Perasol.


Papi Sarr (Adamson)

The Cameroonian import showed a lot of promise during the Filoil preseason tournament when he posted double-double averages of 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds.

Rookie coach Mike Fermin expects a lot from Sarr.

“We know he can score 20 points per game but the challenge is if he can get 10 rebounds,” said Fermin of his prized rookie.


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