MANILA – Letran coach Caloy Garcia said the entry of imports in collegiate leagues has become unacceptable, considering its effect on the development of local big men.
Garcia said, in an interview with Philippine Star columnist Joaquin Henson, that he looks forward to the elimination of imports from the NCAA by 2020.
“In the NCAA, only Letran and San Sebastian don’t use imports,” he said in the Henson’s column, “The Dean’s Corner”. “I know the Letran priests frown on it. They’d rather give Filipinos the opportunity to play,”
Garcia, whose team finished second to Ola Adeogun-powered San Beda in the recent NCAA title joust, pointed out that it has become convenient for other coaches to use more foreign players.
He also claimed that some of the imports are “paid to play.”
“The problem with imports is they stunt the growth of our local bigs who don’t get a chance to play much because coaches prefer to use the foreigners. I think it’s common knowledge that these imports are paid to play so even that doesn’t sit well with the collegiate spirit of competition,” said Garcia.
Garcia said that in the end, the foreign players will also have no place to go after serving their collegiate stint.
“It’s really a dead-end street for imports because after playing in the NCAA or UAAP, where can they go? They can’t be drafted into the PBA. I don’t think they’re good enough to be naturalized for Gilas. Look at Sam Ekwe. He played for San Beda, brought them three titles but where is he now? Look at Sudan Daniel, where is he now?”