The La Salle basketball program continued establishing building blocks for the future by securing the commitment of Kevin Quiambao, a 6-foot-8 center who played for National University in the juniors division and named to the Mythical Team of UAAP Season 82.
Quiambao confirmed the development, which was also confirmed to Rappler on Thursday, July 30, by a source close to the situation who requested for anonymity.
The source said that Quiambao’s choice was a family decision.
Two other NU standouts, Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano, have also opted to bring their talents to the UP Fightings Maroons.
“Pupunta ako sa La Salle kasi eto yung feeling ko yung lugar na mas mag-gogrow ako as a player and a student,” said Quiambao, who’ll be playing under new La Salle coach Derrick Pumaren.
“Excited sobra kasi new journey, new culture, new system, new school. And thankful ako na isa ako sa mga nakakuha ng opportunity para maglaro sa La Salle.“
(I’m going to La Salle because I feel this is the place where I’ll grow as a player and a student. I’m really excited on this new journey, new culture, new system, new school. And I’m thankful that I’m one of those given the opportunity to play for La Salle.”
Back in March, the 19-year-old was named No. 1 overall in the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC)’s top 24 rankings of UAAP high school standouts, and helped propel Nazareth School of NU to a 16-0 season sweep and the UAAP juniors title.
Quiambao is represented by Virtual Playground management. According to veteran sports agent Charlie Dy, they “support his decision of committing to La Salle,” adding that they “don’t interfere with our players’ decision in choosing where they want to play in college.”
Quiambao is regarded as one of the top two young big men recruits coming out of high school, along with his NU teammate Tamayo.
In his final high school season, Quiambao averaged 12.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 blocks per contest. He was a workhorse on both ends of the floor, with his hustle and effort standing out as valuable traits in his skillset.
The recruitment of Quiambao is an addition to an impressive offseason of La Salle, which also secured commitments from the likes of Evan Nelle, the Phillips brothers of Michael and Benjamin, and a few others.
According to a source, La Salle might not be done adding new recruits. – Rappler.com
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