THE UAAP is set to restrict its eight member schools to only one foreign student-player per season among a raft of changes it plans to implement this year, according to a Spin.ph source.
A person with knowledge of the matter but refused to be named said the league has agreed in principle to limit the allowable number of foreign players in each school team from two to one.
The source said the new rule could be in effect as early as the upcoming Season 77.
The new ruling replaces the previous limit of two foreign students in the lineup of each. The two, however, can only play one at a time.
The past few years have seen a rise in the number of foreign players, most notably from Africa, seeing action in the UAAP particularly in men’s basketball event.
At present, all eight member schools have an African basketball player either in their UAAP roster or still taking up residency.
Ironically, one school that could be affected should the new rule be in place this year is University of the East, host of the upcoming season.
The Red Warriors are set to parade Cameroonian big man Moustaph Arafat to join Sierra Leonean veteran Charles Mammie for Season 77. But if the new rule takes effect, the host school will be left with no choice but to select between Mammie and Arafat.
The NCAA, for its part, has banned the recruitment of foreign players starting in the year 2015.