ADAMSON star Jericho Cruz is still undecided on whether to return to the Falcons for another season in the UAAP or join the PBA as his D-League ballclub Blackwater Sports moves up to the professional ranks.
Cruz, a one-time national team member, is also considering joining this year’s PBA rookie draft although he has spent just two season so far in the premier collegiate league.
The PBA recently approved the application of Blackwater Sports as one of three expansion teams, and Cruz is one of the players team owner Dioceldo Sy is eyeing as a direct hire recruit.
The PBA said it is open to the possibility of giving a direct-hire concession — initially not given to the Blackwater Sports, NLEX, and Kia when their membership was approved — so that they could form a competitive team.
“Right now, pinag-iisipan ko po ng mabuti,” said Cruz to Spin.ph. ”Whatever good opportunities come first, I will take it.”
A member of the gold medal-winning national team in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, Cruz is playing in his second conference with Blackwater Sports after being drafted by the team last year.
Prior to joining Blackwater, Cruz topscored for the Falcons last season with 14.5 points per game, while also averaging 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists that year.
Adamson, however, missed the Final Four with a 4-10 record in the final year of Leo Austria as Falcons head coach.
Adamson legend and former PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes was hired to replace Austria for the coming season.