A TOP National University official hinted the school will grant junior standout Mark Dyke his release papers after he reportedly committed to move to De La Salle in college.
Outgoing athletic director Junel Baculi said top executives of the school are set to meet by next week to tackle Dyke's request for a release that will allow him to immediately suit up for La Salle in his freshman year.
Under an existing UAAP rule spawned by the controversial transfer of Jerie Pingoy from Far Eastern University to Ateneo, Dyke is required to undergo a one-year residency period after transferring from one UAAP school to another.
The native of Mexico, Pampanga is covered by the new revised UAAP rule since the residency period for transferring high school graduates has been reduced from two years to just one starting in Season 78.
But an exception to the rule is the granting of the mother school’s release paper to the player, which Dyke is likely to get from NU unlike in the case of Pingoy and former NU high school star Hubert Cani.
“After Holy Week siguro pag-uusapan,” said Baculi, who is set to relinquish his post at NU by the end of the current UAAP season.
Baculi, however, hinted the school owned by Hans Sy of the SM group, may likely grant Dyke his release papers since the player has openep up about his college plans to school officials.
“Sinabi naman niya sa amin na he is keeping his options open. That’s fair enough,” Baculi said.
“We cannot hold on to the kids naman if they really want to go elsewhere. Kami naman, if you want to stay with us, then good. Kapag hindi, okay lang naman ‘yun. ‘Yun naman ang direction ni Sir Hans.
“Ang maganda rin dito, nakausap siya ni coach Eric (Altamirano). Maganda ‘yung naging usapan nila. ‘Yun naman ang importante. Nakita ko ‘yan with Mr. Hans (Sy) at the helm, na as long as you talk to us, say it in front of us, okay lang naman. Madali naman silang kausap,” he added.
Dyke averaged 13.4 points and 14.5 rebounds for the Bullpups in Season 77, a year after helping the school win the 2013 UAAP crown for the first time in school history.
If ever, Dyke will join an elite batch of high school players obtained by La Salle in the offseason that already include Andrei Caracut of San Beda, Jollo Go of Hope Christian High School, and Enzo Navarro of San Sebastian.