New UAAP rule affects 2 prized rookies

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Ben Mbala (left) and Jerie Pingoy.

Two prized recruits may need to wait for two years before showcasing their wares in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

The league board recently amended a residency rule requiring foreigners and UAAP high school players transferring to a member-school for college to sit out for two years, thus delaying the debut of prospective transferees Jerie Pingoy and Ben Mbala.

“Most of the universities want to protect their high school programs,” Em Fernandez, the head of the league’s amendments committee, said yesterday. “It also covers foreigners.”

But the new rule amending the one-year residency requirement allows the transferees to play a maximum of five years in the league in all sports.

Pingoy has been the subject of a recruitment tug-of-war between Far Eastern University and Ateneo, which both sought the services of the FEU high school star.

Mbala, the Cameroonian center of Cebu champion Southwestern University, has also been tapped by La Salle.

“The UAAP wants to discourage mercenary behavior,” said Anton Montinola, FEU’s representative to the UAAP board. “Choosing your university is your right. Playing for your school in the UAAP is a privilege, not a right.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

    Anton Montinola is the culprit for the passage of this oppressive amendment on the residency rule in the UAAP. He just wants to get back at Pingoy who chose Ateneo instead of staying at FEU. But can you blame Pingoy? Ateneo is a world class school while FEU is a diploma mill school! FEU belongs to the category  of UE, NU, Adamson,Perpetual College, Arellano, etc. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KF2TCBJ2AUC7VIPR3TACWUGITE Rednaxela VD

    If i have a chance to study and play in the top 4 schools UP Ateneno La Salle UST, why not?  All other schools are fodder

  • repapips

    sa NCAA na lang maglaro. boycott na yang UAAP. 

    • Just_JT

      The UAAP is the premier league in the country.  In comparison, the UAAP can be likened to the MOA Arena and the NCAA is to San Juan Arena.  NCAA has lost its luster and is so pathetic.

  • repapips

    “The UAAP wants to discourage mercenary behavior,” said Anton Montinola, FEU’s representative to the UAAP board. “Choosing your university is your right. Playing for your school in the UAAP is a privilege, not a right.”
    dahil ba sikat ang UAAP? taena nyo!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YFIMBKYTCWHYEBV474D33HNAMM John Paul

    “Most of the universities want to protect their high school programs,” Em Fernandez, the head of the league’s amendments committee, said yesterday. “It also covers foreigners.”
    ang bobo mo naman,  kung highschool program ang pino-protektahan bat papakialaman pa ang desisyon ng bata sa paglalaro sa college. tapos na ang karapatan ng school pag graduate ng studyante.

    “The UAAP wants to discourage mercenary behavior,” said Anton Montinola, FEU’s representative to the UAAP board. “Choosing your university is your right. Playing for your school in the UAAP is a privilege, not a right.” —- anong privilege? ang bobo mo naman. pag enrolled ka sa university at mahusay ka maglaro at tingin ng coach fit ka sa team, dapat allowed ka sumali kahit saang lupalop ka pa nag HS, UAAP affiliated man ang school o hindi. Choosing your university is right pala eh, bakit di ka pwede makalaro kung enrolled ka naman? mag isip isip nga.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Romnick-Bumanlag/100000723801062 Romnick Bumanlag

    mukhang may mali ah.dapat pala ung recruitment ky slaugther dati dapat noon pa nila ginwa yang ganyang batas dahil ba lalakas ang la salle at bababa na ang ateneo kasi mwawala na si slaughter.hehehehe

  • archerfan

    montinola is making his evil moves again. this is not really about pingoy, its about mbala going to la salle!  even before the season was over, it was already announced that pingoy was going to ateneo and montinola had was of course ok with it since its ateneo. we heard nothing from tinola. lo and behold, when dlsu started recruiting top players, specially mbala, here he comes changing rules.  what a dbag!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PPY3MIH6BDML3DUEKLBV7OEHYU Bing

       the UAAP board voted 5-2. la salle voted in favor of the new rule. only ateneo and up voted against. so where is your rant coming from???

    • 11koji11

      im against this rule pero check mo facts mo ….dlsu also voted in favor of the new rule…..only ateneo and UP ang against….dakdak ka ng dakdak kasi….

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