UST captain Marvin Lee to skip final UAAP season for MPBL



MANILA, Philippines – The UST Growling Tigers have lost a veteran voice amid their ranks as point guard Marvin Lee is now set to sit out Season 82 of UAAP men's basketball this year.

According to head coach Aldin Ayo, he advised Lee to turn his focus to the MPBL’s Manila Stars for the Lakan Cup to further hone his craft.

“I advised Marvin to focus on the MPBL. We already have a lot of point guards,” the second-year tactician admitted after their loss against UP in the FilOil Preseason Cup. “We have Renzo [Subido], we have Mark Nonoy, we have Mahloney Tarranza. Brent [Paraiso] also plays point. We already have a lot of small guys.” 

However, the champion coach also bared that UST’s outgoing captain will still represent the black and gold, at least on campus. 

I told him na ayaw ko namang sa last year mo, uupo ka. Kaya he will now pursue playing in the MPBL. But he also has to finish his studies first. May scholarship pa rin siya sa UST,” said Ayo.

(I told him that I don’t want to see him just sitting around in his last year. So now he will pursue the MPBL. But he also has to finish his studies first. He still has a scholarship in UST.) 

In what turned out to be his swan song season last year, Lee averaged 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals playing alongside other standout guards like Subido and CJ Cansino. –