MANILA, Philippines – Two-time UAAP juniors Most Valuable Player Jerie Pingoy of the Far Eastern University (FEU) Baby Tamaraws has not yet made a decision on where he will play for college, according to a report from Spin.ph.
Pingoy, who led the Baby Tams to the UAAP juniors title in Season 75, is being recruited by numerous schools, including FEU and the reigning five-peat champions Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles.
"I have not committed to any school yet," Pingoy told Spin.ph's Jonas Panerio. "I have no idea where all those reports are coming from."
FEU athletic director Mark Molina revealed last week on Twitter that Pingoy "has signed an agreement to play with FEU seniors."
But in an interview with Jasmine Payo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pingoy's father, Gerry, claimed that his son is going to the Blue Eagles.
"One million percent he's going to Ateneo. He made the choice," Gerry said. "Many schools tried to recruit him. He always dreamed of playing and studying in Ateneo."
In the Spin.ph report, the younger Pingoy clarified that he had not signed an "official contract" with FEU.
"It's just an agreement that states that FEU will support my schooling as well as my siblings’ next season, should I join them," Pingoy said.
Molina, however, tweeted that Pingoy and his father "signed an agreement with FEU. We hope this will be honored and respected."
Pingoy won his second UAAP juniors MVP award after averaging 21 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals per game for the Baby Tams. They defeated the National University Bullpups in the Finals.