THE UAAP season has just ended for University of the East but that doesn’t stop the Red Warriors from already looking forward to next year’s campaign.
Coach Derrick Pumaren said several members of the team who suited up for Season 78 will see action in the Fr. Martin Cup next week to begin their earnest preparation for the next collegiate season.
For Pumaren, it’s never too early to prepare for the school’s next UAAP stint as practice immediately begins on Friday.
“We will be joining the Fr. Martin Cup. I think the team will be playing next Saturday. I think half of the team will join to get more exposure,” said the veteran coach.
“We start our season on Friday for next season,” he added.
The Warriors came a victory short of making the Final Four as they finished with a 6-8 win-loss record.
In contrast, reigning champion National University wound up elimination round campaign with an even 7-7 card to clinch the fourth and final berth in the semis.
“I’m not going to wait for May or June to prepare the team. I want the team to be prepared by September next year,” Pumaren said.
The UR mentor said he looks forward of training the team for next year as he believes the Warriors will have a better campaign behind a lengthy preparation, with only Chris Javier as the lone player not coming back in Season 79
“I’m really excited. I can’t wait to see the team next year after a year of experience. I expect a lot from them next year. We will have some new guys, big guys coming in,” Pumaren said.