La Salle moving to convince Encho Serrano to play for LSGH before joining Archers, says source
Encho Serrano impressed for the Adamson Baby Falcons in the last UAAP juniors season before he was ruled ineligible by the league board. Jaime Campos

HIGH school star Encho Serrano is already on the radar of De La Salle following his impressive stint with Adamson in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament.

Sources said the Taft-based school in bent on recruiting Serrano, whose exploits in Season 79 made him a shoo-in for the MVP award before he was ruled ineligible by the league board.

La Salle is so intent on landing Serrano, according to insiders, that the school is looking to have him play first for La Salle Greenhills in the NCAA before joining the Green Archers in college.

Incidentally, Serrano’s coach at Adamson, Goldwin Monteverde, is set to accept the head-coaching job of the National University juniors basketball team, with rumors rife that Adamson players Gerry Abadiano and Carl Tamayo are set to join him at the Bullpups camp.

Apparently, Serrano is not part of the move to NU, since he will no longer be eligible to play for the Bullpups even if he decides to transfer.

[See Former Adamson coach Goldwin Monteverde set to move to NU Bullpups]

Serrano has one year left in his UAAP eligibility and as per league rules, high school players moving one member school to another need to undergo a one-year residency.

The options for Serrano right now, if he is to play next season, is to either stay with Adamson to play out his final high school year, or move to an NCAA team since high school players moving from the UAAP to NCAA need not take up residency.

Newly-appointed Adamson coach Mike Fermin said he intends to keep the core of the Baby Falcons, including Serrano. The team won 13 games last season, 11 of which were forfeited after the league declared Serrano ineligible.

“First order of business siyempre is ‘yung mga players na nandiyan, i-retain. Alam naman natin na almost for finals ‘yan,” Fermin said.

Serrano was supposed to move to La Salle Greenhills after his stint with Mapua but eventually landed at Adamson where he flourished under the system of Monteverde.

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