Brighter future as Maroons acquire services of Akhuetie
University of the Philippines’ future just got brighter.
Bluechip big man Bright Akhuetie is set to go from Las Piñas to Diliman after securing his release papers from University of Perpetual Help – System Dalta.
Fighting Maroons coach Bo Perasol confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon in a short text message.
“Yes, Bright has committed to play for UP. We were also able to secure the release from Perpetual,” he wrote.
The Maroons bested Ateneo and defending champion La Salle in the recruitment war for the high-scoring center.
Perasol explained that the UP management led by team manager Dan Palami and Akhuetie are still in the process of transferring his school records and the 19-year-old is set to enroll this coming academic year.
Akhuetie averaged 17.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.7 blocks in his sophomore year for the Altas this past NCAA Season 92.
If the Nigerian’s enrollment goes as smooth-sailing as expected, he can see action for UP in UAAP Season 81 at the soonest.
“He will be definitely be a big positive factor to our program. He also needs that one year to make himself comfortable to the UP educational system,” said Perasol.
NowheretogobutUP Foundation headed by its chairman, Renan Dalisay, as well as former Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla and UP alumni Ronald Mascarinas and Robina Pe also played a big role in luring the 6’8″ big man.
The Fighting Maroons are coming off a morale-boosting 5-9 record this past year in Perasol’s first year at the helm.
The acquisition of Akhuetie is expected to boost the fortunes of the UP Fighting Maroons, who exceeded expectations and almost made it to the UAAP Final Four behind a strong showing in the second round of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.