MANILA, Philippines — College of the East coach Jack Santiago can’t wait to see what his new recruits can provide when the host staff kicks off its marketing campaign in opposition to the College of Santo Tomas within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball match opener on Saturday at Mall of Asia Area.
Regardless of dropping the core of the Purple Warriors final season, Santiago is elated together with his retooled roster with key additions Devin Fikes and Jack Cruz-Dumont teaming up with holdovers Noy Remogat and Abdul Sawat.
“I’d say we’re so excited as a result of the recruited gamers, they’re all eligible already,” stated Santiago. “However we can’t simply take it straightforward as a result of different groups additionally recruited gamers and so they’re doing good additionally.”
“All of the groups ready very properly, particularly this low season. Lots of our groups went outdoors the nation. As this 12 months’s host, we are going to attempt to do our greatest to provide our college and the neighborhood a superb season,” he added.
The Purple Warriors parted methods with brothers Nikko and Kyle Paranada, Gani Stevens, and PBA rookie Luis Villegas.
However the UE coach, in his third season, is assured together with his present wards, who’re hungry to rise from a sixth-place end final 12 months with a 5-9 document.
“I see my gamers they’re hungrier than final 12 months. Hopefully, we are going to come out with a superb season this 12 months,” Santiago stated. “Everyone knows that we misplaced loads of gamers final season however we had been in a position to fill in these voids with new recruits.”
“We’re doing loads of modifications now to maximise our new gamers. In fact, the underside line right here is we have to play as a staff,” he added.
The Purple Warriors will likely be examined in opposition to the Growling Tigers, who welcomed again veteran coach Pido Jarencio after 10 years, as their faculty kicks off their internet hosting festivities at 12 midday earlier than their sport.