National University (NU) Bullpups Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano have joined the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons. This was confirmed by UP Men’s Basketball Team manager Atty. Agaton Uvero.
“Carl and Gerry will be a big part of our rebuilding efforts,” Uvero said. “We graduated six players last season and we have five more players who have just one playing year left. These two will help us secure our basketball future. We hope they will be model student-athletes of UP.”
When the next basketball season of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) opens in a new coronavirus (COVID-19)-free future, the UP Fighting Maroons will have the one-two punch of Nazareth School of National University in their lineup. UP Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol personally met with the new recruits and happily welcomed the two high school stars to the team.
“We are very happy to have Carl and Gerry in our team,” Perasol said. “Coming straight out of high school, they have five full playing years with the team. They will really be a big boost for our young team which is again in the process of rebuilding.”
Tamayo and Abadiano graduated from high school this year. They chose UP because they value education and know how the University makes sure its student athletes also perform well academically.
“It’s one of my dreams na makapag-aral sa UP (to be able to study in UP),” said Tamayo, who enrolled as a Sports Science major. “Education is one of my reasons for picking the school and siyempre ‘yong basketball program din (of course, the basketball program, as well).”
Abadiano will be a Tourism student. He said, “Sobrang saya kasi siyempre tulad ng sinabi ni Carl, dream school ko rin ang UP (Really happy because of course, like what Carl said, UP is also my dream school).”
“Hindi lang ito tungkol sa paglalaro (It is not all about playing),” Abadiano continued. “‘Yong napili ko rin dito is education. Kapag natapos na (ang basketball), ‘di natin masabi ano mangyayari. Ang importante ay maganda ang tinapos namin (Another reason I chose this is education. After (basketball), we cannot say what is going to happen. What is important is that we had a good degree).”
Tamayo and Abadiano, who suited up for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, join a loaded pool of UP recruits this year. Other players who committed to UP recently are Xavier School ace Miguel Tan, Filipino-Canadians Alonso Tan and Anton Eusebio, Filipino-Australian center Ethan Kirkness, Filipino-American guard Sam Dowd and Gilas Youth cadet RC Calimag.