Baby Tams’ Jr MVP Pingoy to Blue Eagles


Jerie Pingoy (in FEU jersey), who carried the Baby Tamaraws to a title in the UAAP, is set to play for Ateneo, according to his father, Jerry.

MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo just scored a recruitment coup after back-to-back UAAP juniors Most Valuable Player Jerie Pingoy committed Sunday to play for the five-time men’s basketball champion next season.

Pingoy, who recently powered Far Eastern University to its first juniors title in 25 years, opted to suit up for the Blue Eagles, who lost sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan and coach Norman Black.

“One million percent he’s going to Ateneo,” Pingoy’s father, Jerry, told the Inquirer yesterday. “He made the choice.”

Meanwhile, FEU formally appointed yesterday Nash Racela as its new head coach.

Racela, a Talk ‘N Text assistant mentor in the PBA, takes over Bert Flores, who stepped down after the Tamaraws failed to advance to the Final Four this season.

The 5-foot-9 Pingoy normed 21 points—highlighted by a season-high 43 points—on top of 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals.

“Many schools tried to recruit him,” the elder Pingoy, a former PBA player, said in Filipino. “He always dreamed of playing and studying in Ateneo.”

Pingoy also dispelled talk that his 17-year-old son, a member of the under-18 national team, had committed to other schools.

The Eagles hope to form another powerhouse lineup with the loss of Greg Slaughter and Finals MVP Nico Salva to graduation.

Fil-Am Chris Newsome and Fil-Canadian John Lasa are set to suit up for the Ateneo next season.

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  • Constantine

    What is extremely needed by Ateneo is a dominant big man who can patrol the lane with impunity both offensively and defensively. Without a Slaughter like player for next year, UST and DLSU will be fighting in the finals. The 1 position for ADMU is still loaded with Juami and Elorde. The 4 and 5 are the positions that they need able personnel. Erram and Golla are not dominant players. They are okay as substitute players but not as main players. The 2 and 3 positions are still formidable with Ravena and Buenafe, respectively. Even with the 2 rookies who are Fil fors (Sala and Newsome both 6’2″) are not enough because they are not exactly tall. Even the CESAFI juniors MVP Ochea (6’3″) and Pingoy (5’9″) of FEU Juniors won’t be able to turn the tide if ADMU won’t be able to recruit a dominant big man for next year.

    • paul

      i dont think there is dominant rookie big man available….the biggest stumbling block of ateneo is the loss of NOrman bLACK!   College basketball is all about having a stable point guard…ateneo has the phenom..a 1 guy playing the 2 spot……plus if buenafe comes back….theyre still solid to make the finals…..I predict the archers to be in the finals because of their solid backcourt…vosotros and that guy from greenhills….plus the veterans….forget ust, wala na si jeric….its a toss up between ateneo and NU for the other slot…..well, ateneo vs lasalle yan!

    • archerfan

      am sure palou and montinola have thought about this already and have indentified players that can fill in that big man position.  feu has an abundant source of players in its pool, mostly old transfers from other schools, which they can pass up as rookies when needed. and surely montinola will give the go signal. 

  • Christopher Biore

    sanay yan sa Pasil Cebu, dikitdikit yong korte, hopefully he will not be the next Tallo, (although playwise Maru’ (“maronong) na yan, he’s been having a clinic against his high school competitors

  • Joniel Suezo

    Wow. Nice pickup for ateneo while losing slaughter and salva. Ateneo is still good without slaughter and I hope the new head coach will meet the expectations for the team and still run well  the system coach norman leave them.

    • Constantine

      Ateneo needs a dominant big man. Although Pingoy is impressive, his position is ably filled up by Juami and Nico. The 4 and 5 positions are the weakest links of Ateneo next year.

  • paul

     the elder pingoy is also 5-9….lakas tumalon at kayang-kaya mag dunk!  itong bata parang hindi juniors maglaro , magulang na kumilos, mama’ na…..Btw, archerfan..ang layo ng narating ng isip mo pre….nananalo ateneo ngayn dahil sa program nila…panahon nila at pinaghirapan nila yun…kahit ako kung naging player ako or may anak akong aspiring player….sa ateneo  ako dahil sa academics nila first and foremost, secondary na yung sports….

    • archerfan

      HUH??? mas malayo alagwa ng utak mo boy!  academics ng regular students boy, pero mga hugit nila na players, nagaaral??? obvious na wala ka alam sa kalakaran boy at puro haka haka ka lang.  tanungin mo yung mga special teachers at classess para sa mga athlete players katulad nila slaughter at buenafe boy, baka matauhan ka at di na mag laway sa ateneo. 

    • archerfan

      Nga pala, pinaghirapan ba kamo ng ateneo??  eh di dapat pasalamatan mo din si montinola at feu dahil kung hindi naglaglag ng laro yang team na yan at mga star players nila, at pinayagan si slaughter at buenafe na makalaro kahit hindi eligible, isa lang ang legitimate na panalo ng admu…boy.

      • paul

        haha archerfan…..obvious na hater ka pre…..wag mo masyado dibdibin pagkapanalo ng ateneo…masama sa kalusugan yan padre…..tignan mo nalalason tuloy utak mo…hindi haka haka yan ha fyi….

      • archerfan

        objective lang ako boy at hindi engot.  alam ko masakit harapin para sa katulad mo katotohanan pero ganyan talaga boy pag makitid.  alam ko frustration lang yan.  para wag madagdagan hinanakit mo, wag ka na mag ambisyon sa ateneo, malabo.  kung wala ka alam na first hand info tungkol sa topic, wag ka na humirit kasi nakakatawa lang banat mo…..boy. 

      • paul

        hahaha…..objective daw siya….malala na yan padre….dagdagan mo ng dosage para medyo hindi halata….anger management katapat niyan…sabayan mo ng tanduay ….ayun….tagumpay…uy, kumusta mo ako kina palou at montinola ha? 

      • archerfan

        teka boy, kung janitor ka sa ateneo, sorry ok lang na maging loyal ka sa mga amo mo. pero kung di ka konekted at ganyan ka ka panatiko, wag na boy. 

  • archerfan

    nothing really surprising about this since Montinola’s FEU is all about making ateneo better and easy for admu to win.  ateneo will be fine, even if its true mvp left them, as long as Montinola and Palou will run the uaap show.  you can put anyone as coach of FEU and no matter how strong its players are, pagdating sa ateneo, for sure mabobo ang mga players nila.

    • Constantine

      Is it because Montinola graduated from Ateneo although his family owns FEU?

  • Parigi

    Please clarify the news item with
    UAAP: Baby Tam Jerie Pingoy commits to FEU seniors

    October 29, 2012 11:24am

    published in another website.

    • P0704

      oo nga.bat ganun?msaya pa nga dw c coach nash ksi mgiistay c pingoy sa feu..ano ba tlga?cno ang tama?dito or sa kabila?

      • Constantine

        Maling akala ika nga, he he he.

    • Constantine

      Pingoy chose ADMU due to obvious reasons. ADMU gives the best education in town and he can establish better connection both in basketball and more importantly in life after basketball. Apparently these two advantages are not present in FEU.

  • CoinsForKharon

    So even without MVP, Ateneo still manages to attract top talent. To those inggiteros who keep insisting that Ateneo buys its players; please realize that to don the Blue and White, to study at that institution, and to be part of a winning team is the main attraction.

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