WITH player after player joining the University of Santo Tomas exodus, UAAP Season 82 Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy revealed he has yet to make up his mind on whether to stay with the Growling Tigers or find a new home.
Nonoy averaged 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in a sensational debut. Beyond the stat lines, the La Carlota, Negros Occidental native also earned the respect of players like Mark Cruz and former Ateneo guard Matt Nieto.
The 20-year-old's athleticism and playmaking skills also made him perhaps the most attractive UST players for suitors after Rhenz Abando. But he warned that any news about his supposed transfer aren't true.
He simply hasn't made up his mind.
“Hayaan muna mga chismis. Hindi naman totoo ‘yan, at hindi naman galing sa akin. Gawa-gawa lang nila,” he said when reached by SPIN Life on Tuesday. "Ako lang ang nakakakalam ng sagot."
After CJ Cansino's departure blew the lid on UST's alleged bubble training in Sorsogon that violated the government's health protocols, Brent Paraiso, Ira Bataller, Rhenz Abando, and Jun Asuncion announced their departure from the team.
When SPIN Life asked if he’s already considering some schools in mind at this point, he said: “[None] yet.”
Nonoy wished nothing but the best for his former teammates.
“I wish them well pa rin, at choice nila ‘yun. Kahit anong mangyari, magkalaban man kami or maging teammates soon, [same pa rin],” he said.
The 5-foot-8 speedster also admitted that his relationship with his former teammates off the court is far more important to him.
“Ang mundo ng basketball, hindi ganon kalaki. Okay naman kaming lahat off the court. Good luck sa kanila,” Nonoy said.