Derrick Pumaren unsure about staying on as Warriors coach, hopes UE would finally tap an import and boost recruitment
Derrick Pumaren's Warriors went 9-5 in his first season in charge but posted a 12-30 mark in the next three years. Marlo Cueto

DERRICK Pumaren has yet to decide if he will stay on as University of the East coach after the Red Warriors missed the Final Four again.

“I’m still thinking if I’m going to renew for next year,” said Pumaren.

“Depende sa direction ng team.”

After a promising first season in charge in 2014, with UE posting a 9-5 record, Pumaren’s Warriors wound up recording a 12-30 win-loss mark in the next three seasons.

Pumaren said he is aching to have an import for the Red Warriors in order to match-up with other basketball programs.

“There are guys there but we still don’t have an import. I still have to see what’s the direction of UE management for the next seasons. I have to think about it,” Pumaren said.

“Ever since, nasa isip ko na ’yun,” Pumaren said, referring to recruiting an import.

Pumaren, who led La Salle to UAAP crowns in the early 1990s, also hopes UE management will also beef up its recruiting program for local players.

“Wala kaming import but in the recruitment, when it comes to getting local guys, we are far compared to the other teams. That’s why I’m saying that UE should revisit the direction they want to go and think about it. We already have a disadvantage without an import, recruiting local guys, mahirap also.”

“As I’ve said, I need horses too. I need players too,” said Pumaren.

Pumaren also related his experience in recruiting Alvin Pasaol when he was able to convince his mother to join UE despite numerous offers from other schools.

Pumaren, however, said convincing a players’ parents is not enough.

“They are looking for a win but you also have to give what I need. Hindi puwedeng magpapasok lang, ano i-ooffer ko? When I recruit, it’s only my basketball program that I offer. I was able to recruit Alvin (Pasaol). Teams were offering really malaking incentives but I was able to convince the mother. Hindi naman puwedeng ganun lang. It’s not enough,” Pumaren said.

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Pumaren also related one of his players is also being recruited by other schools.

“Ever right after the season last year, I don’t have to name the school. He is being recruited again. At least, the loyalty of the mother, sinabi niya na wag niyo na guluhin dahil may utang na loob kay Manong. But they tried to get him,” Pumaren said.

 

 

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