NU Bulldogs join hunt for high school standout Encho Serrano, says source
Encho Serrano is getting a lot of interest from college teams. Dante Peralta

DON'T look now but National University is in the running in the Encho Serrano sweepstakes.

The Bulldogs, sources said, are close to getting a commitment from the 17-year-old Serrano, who, the school hopes, will become eligible to play in college through the Philippine Educational Placement (PEP) Test that is conducted regularly by the Department of Education.

The PEP Test is given to give students a chance to accelerate from a certain grade level, including college.

Since PEP Tests are administered every November, Serrano is no longer available for the coming UAAP season. But if he passes the PEP Test, the 5-11 combo guard could become eligible to play for NU in 2018 of the UAAP despite being an incoming Grade 9 student in the coming academic year.

[See La Salle moving to convince Serrano to play for LSGH prior to move to Green Archers]

Serrano has gained a lot of interest from schools following his performance with the Adamson Baby Falcons in UAAP Season 79, where he became a shoo-in for the MVP award until he was declared ineligible by the league board.

SPIN.ph earlier reported that La Salle is also eyeing the native of Apalit, Pampanga, who was even included in La Salle Greenhills' lineup in some summer tournaments, apparently in preparation for his move to the Green Archers camp.

Serrano is eligible to play next year for La Salle Greenhills if he chooses to transfer to the NCAA, but only has the option of staying put at Adamson if he hopes to play his final year of eligibility in the UAAP juniors next season.

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