Ex-Tigers Abando, Paraiso, Bataller complete transfer to Letran

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Former UST Growling Tigers Rhenz Abando, Brent Paraiso, and Ira Bataller are set to take a short trip across Manila and settle with reigning NCAA champions Letran Knights, a reliable source told Rappler Sports.

Abando, one of the key cogs in UST's magical run to the UAAP Season 82 finals, was one of now-former head coach Aldin Ayo's great finds.

In 18 games last season, the 6-foot-2 swingman averaged 11.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in just over 23 minutes a game, primarily coming off the bench.

Paraiso and Bataller, meanwhile, were regular starters for the Tigers, who saw their Cinderella run end at the hands of the dynastic Ateneo Blue Eagles.

The trio's names surfaced as some of the complainants in exiled team captain CJ Cansino's chat group leak on Twitter regarding their supposedly poor conditions in the Tigers' alleged "bubble" training in Capuy, Sorsogon.

They were backed up by other team members like UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo and incoming rookie Paul Manalang.

Abando was also embroiled in a mid-season controversy for UST as he allegedly became a poaching target of the National University Bulldogs. However, nothing materialized out of the allegations and Abando finished his one-and-done foray in the UAAP.

Now headed for a fresh start in Letran under head coach Bonnie Tan, Abando, Paraiso, and Bataller are set to join a proven powerhouse team that will lose stalwarts Larry Muyang, Jeo Ambohot, and Christian Fajarito to graduation in 2021.

Abando and Bataller will have 3 years of eligibility starting Season 97 in 2022, while Paraiso will have one left. They will get a chance to play alongside Season 95 Finals MVP Fran Yu.

According to another source, the trio will actually get a shot to play right away if ever Season 96 starts around September 2021.

However, if the season starts before that time, they will have to sit out until Season 97 in 2022. As previously reported, Season 96 is tentatively slated to begin in the "early months" of 2021. – Rappler.com