The only Pontifical, Royal, and Catholic University in the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas will be having her quadricentennial celebration next year, 2011. And corollary to that celebration is the pressure on the backs of the UST Growling Tigers, especially especially coach Pido Jarencio to not only reach the UAAP season 73 final four but also to once again bring home the UAAP basketball crown back to Espana to augment the happiness of the UST community.
In line with Pido's plans he made use of his recruiting prowess to get as much deserving players who are capable of having great game nights for UST. He got seven new great recruits who are very promising.
These new recruits are:
1. Eduardo Daquioag- This player jumps high and with his 6'1 height he can finish fast breaks with dunks. He plays like Ron Artest.
2. Fritz Delgado- This 6 footer loves to attack the basket like Dwyane Wade and Mark Caguioa. And just like them he can also shoot three's and perimeter jumpers. He plays the two guard position.
3. Kim Lo- This 6'1 player, played against Jeric Teng before. And last year he led the St. Jude Highschool basketball team in winning the manila Tiong-Lian basketball league. He has great defense and loves to block shots from smaller players. He plays the two guard position.
4. Kenneth Mamaril- This 6'5 player is one of the new centers of the team. He loves getting rebounds like Andrew Bynum. He is a former San Sebastian Staglet. He loves to box out players like Ben Wallace.
5. Edcor Marata- This 5'10 pointguard loves to make crisps passes to his teamates. He looks up to Allen Iverson and Jameer Nelson especially their offensive skills. But he wants to make a better impression with his defensive skills.
6. Paulo Pe- This former Ateneo Blue Eaglet loves to do the dirty work on the court. Though he was just the back-up of Al Bugarin during their title bid last year against the De La Salle Zobel Junior Archers. What's good about him is that he's a proven winner and a champion. Hopefully he can win one for UST. He is a smart and athletic guy who loves solving math problems.
7. Vince Tinte- He is the tallest player on the team. His height is 6'6. Obviously he's a center. He was a member of FEU's team b. When coach Pido saw him play, he saw Dennis Espino in him. He loves shooting in the perimeter like Arwind Santos of FEU.
For more information I got some from INBOUNDPASS.COM
UST Growling Tigers
2009 Record: Final Four appearance, 6-8
Head Coach: Pido Jarencio, 6th Season
Key Losses: Allan Maliksi, Dylan Ababou, Kazim Mirza
Key Additions: Jackson Wong, Eduardo Daquioag, Fritz Delgado, Kim Lo, Kenneth Mamaril, Edcor Marata, AC Marquez, Paulo Pe, Vince Tinte
Holdovers: Carmelo Afuang, Jeric Fortuna, Jeric Teng, Clark Bautista, Chris Camus, Aljon Mariano, Eddie Aytona
Rebuilding mode. The Growling Tigers are starting all-over. Coach Pido Jarencio has a new lease in life to lead this team to playoff glory since returning to the summit in 2006.
In a conversation with Coach Pido Jarencio during the offseason, he remained confident that he found the right pieces to contend for the future, with more to come. Half his roster are rookies but his mainstays are reliable scorers, playmakers and heady. The combination of Clark Bautista, Jeric Fortuna, and Season 72 Rookie of the Year Jeric Teng may just form one of the most potent backcourt in the league. Coach Jarencio singled out Carmelo Afuang’s maturity during the offseason as a breakthrough and might take some if not most of the scoring chores when the going gets tough during the season.
Coach Pido Jarencio has always mentioned the word surprise in every interview and in every preseason conversation. I asked him directly why he has not participated in any preseason tournament and if he did join, play his best players on the summer hardwood, since he took over as coach and won the UAAP Championship in 2006. He simply answered, that in 2010, he promised that he’ll finally field a Growling Tigers team worthy of a preseason workout because he realized that he needed to expose his new recruits to the rigors of collegiate basketball.
Expect less, hope for the best. Season 73 will be the most challenging for Coach Pido Jarencio. The coaching staff are hard atwork nurturing and blending all the pieces. Some rookies might be asked to fill the void right away but that might be asking too much.