MANILA — As long as there is no rule, expect to see more "one-and-done" players in the UAAP.
UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag on Sunday admitted the absence of the rule makes it difficult for the league to control schools on acquiring such players.
Despite criticisms, Saguisag said they cannot prohibit member universities to recruit athletes who are only good for one playing year even if this strategy is being abused.
“It’s the absence of the rule. Walang rule na nagbabawal kaya siya ginagawa. Whether or not it is being abused, it’s a matter worth revisiting but today wala,” Saguisag said.
Saguisag also bared that should there be a new regulation, it will not take effect in UAAP Season 82.
There are several schools who will parade one-and-done players in their basketball rosters this season such as University of the East, University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University.
Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (Cesafi) MVP Rey Suerte of University of the Visayas and Jed Mendoza of Jose Rizal University will have a year with the Red Warriors after completing their four-year career in different leagues.
Jaybie Mantilla, also a Cesafi MVP, is also taking his talent to the UP Fighting Maroons.
The Green Archers, on the other hand, will showcase three Fil-Am talents in the brand new edition of UAAP as they tapped the services of Keyshawn Evan from Illinois State University, Jaime Orme of Portland State University, and James Lapit of Young Harris College.
This is not the first time that players with college degrees have suited up for UAAP teams. National University had Troy Rike in the previous season.
In volleyball, La Salle also added Lourdes Clemente to its lineup after she graduated in college from University of Perpetual Help.
Saguisag explained that while there are critics on the issue, no one has filed a complaint so far.
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