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LOOK: UAAP, NCAA stars launch CJ Cansino recruitment war

JR Isaga
LOOK: UAAP, NCAA stars launch CJ Cansino recruitment war
Check out the league stars who took a shot at the CJ Cansino sweepstakes

Late last Thursday, August 20, the UAAP was rocked by the news that UST Growling Tigers team captain CJ Cansino was leaving España for “personal reasons.”

Cansino himself then later revealed that he was kicked off the team, but did not divulge any further. (READ: Cansino breaks silence on UST departure, says he got ‘kicked off’)

Almost immediately after the news broke out, multiple collegiate stars crawled out of the woodwork and started a friendly Twitter tug-of-war game for the services of the 6-foot-1 sensation.

Reigning NCAA Finals MVP Fran Yu, ever the fearless gunner, fired the first shot at the Cansino sweepstakes.

Cansino making plays for the Letran Knights and cleaning the glass after those Yu long bombs? That is definitely an intriguing look.

But speaking of fearless gunners, La Salle veteran Aljun Melecio is not letting Yu get his way that easily.

Although Melecio will no longer be with the Green Archers if ever Cansino calls back to his La Sallian roots, spitfire guard Evan Nelle will by then be ready to play after serving residency.

A Nelle-Cansino backcourt? That’s as good a future as La Salle can get.

But what about the school Nelle left, San Beda? Well, their former King Red Lion doesn’t want to be left behind.

But as previously reported, Cansino is primarily talking to the Ateneo Blue Eagles, National University Bulldogs, and the UP Fighting Maroons. (READ: CJ Cansino leaves UST Tigers, eyes other UAAP teams)

Of course, those teams’ stars would not be outdone, as they hurried to Cansino’s mentions for their own pitches.

Who can forget Cansino and Dave Ildefonso’s epic super-rookie battles in Season 81? Now, they actually have a chance to play together come Season 84 with the Blue Eagles and the winner of that super-rookie battle, Ange Kouame.

But Dave’s big bro has something to say to that.

Cansino playing with John Lloyd Clemente? Maybe NU’s future can still be salvageable after all.

But that plan may once again be foiled by the team where NU’s supposed future now lies.

Carl Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano, Joel Cagulangan, RC Calimag and Cansino wearing maroon threads? That’s a future so bright, it’s practically hard to look at.

For whoever wins the Cansino sweepstakes, the 20-year-old sensation vows to give them everything UST taught him: an all-out winning mentality that a team can count on in the biggest situations.

Ready or not, the race is on. May the best team win. –