UAAP Season 82 Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy and teammate Deo Cuajao finally completed their transfer to La Salle on Tuesday, September 15.
Team Phenom Sports president Jackson Chua, who manages Nonoy and Cuajao, flew to Davao to meet presidential son-in-law Manases Carpio.
Carpio is the new backer of the Green Archers. (READ: Presidential son-in-law: Who is Manases Carpio?)
The development came after Nonoy announced that he had left University of Santo Tomas (UST), emptying the Tigers' den that was involved in the "Bicol Bubble" controversy.
Nonoy and Cuajao will now reinforce the rebuilding Green Archers squad that surrendered the last spot in the Final Four to eventual Season 82 finalist UST. They finished 5th place.
The former Tigers, both only 19 years old, show promise in teaming up with former San Beda Red Lion Evan Nelle and Kevin Quiambao in Season 84.
Both Nonoy and Cuajao will serve one year of residency and will sit out the upcoming season.
A total of 7 members of the UST Growling Tigers left España, while former head coach Aldin Ayo is appealing the indefinite ban served on him by the UAAP.
Nonoy, who was the youngest UAAP star in Season 82, was pivotal in UST's Cinderella run to the men's basketball finals against three-peat champion Ateneo.
A native of La Carlota, Negros Occidental, he eclipsed former teammate Rhenz Abando for the Rookie of the Year award after finishing as UST's third-leading scorer.
The UST sensation recorded season averages of 11.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
Cuajao also showed promise in his first year in the UAAP, despite being limited to norms of 1.1 points and 1 rebound in less than 6 minutes a game across 12 appearances. – Rappler.com
More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.