ADAMSON University, considered as the youngest team in the current season of University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball will have 11 rookies and two sophomores after the departure of 6’8 Nigerian Ingrid Sewa and Jericho Cruz who’s turning professional according to Kenneth Duremdes, the newly appointed head coach of the Falcons. Duremdes replaced Leo Austria in the last season of UAAP.
“We will be the youngest team here this season and we’re here on a daily basis,” said Duremdes, a former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Most Valuable Player and 25th Greatest Player member.
“We don’t have any goal for now but try to win as many games as possible. It will be a running game for us and open court basketball,” he added.
Guard-forward Celidonio Trollano, Jansen Rios and point guard Ryan Monteclaro are now the only veterans left in the Falcons’ line-up.
Cruz, the Falcons’ leading scorer is set to join the PBA Rookie draft in August.
Matthew Aquino standing at 6’7, son of legendary 6’9 center Marlou Aquino will reinforce the Adamson squad along with Alexis Barrera from La Salle Greenhills, John Ryan Gumtang from San Beda, Ivan Villanueva from Letran, and Cristian Garcia from Sta. Clara International Academy.
“Matthew is more of an open court player and faster than his father who was more of a low-post player,” said Duremdes, who also played for Pop Cola, Alaska, Sta. Lucia and Coca-Cola during his years in the PBA.
John Baytan, Harold James Butron from Canada, Joseph Nalos and William Polican were also included in the Falcons’ lineup.
Dawn Ochea, a member of the national team competing in the Fiba-Asia Under-18 Championship, will be starting his second playing year with Adamson along with Accel Inigo, Jessiery Pedrosa, and Francis Donahue.