La Salle coach Ayo keeps door open for Jason Perkins, but makes no guarantees
Jason Perkins has not been showing up for La Salle practices. Jaime Campos

DE La Salle coach Aldin Ayo said Jason Perkins is still welcome to join the Green Archers, but made it clear he, or any of the players in his pool for that matter, is not guaranteed a spot in the UAAP lineup.

Perkins still has a year left of eligibility for the Green Archers in the UAAP but has yet to show up for La Salle practices and tune-up games since suiting up for Caida Tiles in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

Even though Perkins has yet to indicate his future plans to the coaching staff, Ayo said the door is still open for Perkins but made it clear the burly forward has to earn his spot in a Green Archers team that has been training for the past four months.

“Depende sa kanya. Depende rin dito kasi kahit bumalik siya, etong mga ‘to, established na. Hindi ibig sabihin na pagbalik niya, shoo-in na siya kasi unfair ‘yun para sa mga nag-trabaho ng the past few months,” said Ayo.

Ayo was recently hired as head coach of La Salle and has brought in a new system, the same one he used in leading Letran to the NCAA Season 91 crown against San Beda.

The UAAP rookie coach said the current crop of players that are in the pool are the first priority, among them Jeron Teng, Ben Mbala, Kib Montalbo, Thomas Torres, and Joshua Caracut, and high school graduates Aljun Melecio and Ricci Rivero.

“Kung sino ang nandito, ‘yun ang priority. ‘Yung nandito, siyempre advantage nila,” Ayo said.

Ayo said spots will be up for grabs until the September opening of the UAAP.

“Kahit alam na nila ‘yung sistema, pero hindi sila puwedeng mag-relax at magpabaya. Ibang usapan na ‘yun,” Ayo said.

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