UAAP PressCon soundbites and NU’s main advantage this season
DLSU Picks: Ateneo, FEU, Adamson, and NU. “ We haven’t won against UP this season, actually na-sweep nila kami so delikado kami rito kay coach Bo.” – DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo
“Basically if you look at our team, we’re still relatively young. We’re composed of probably only four veterans (with) more than three years of experience, then the rest of the team are sophomores and freshmen. So I guess I’m kinda excited but we have to wait and see because we all know other teams have been beefing up their line-up. So hopefully we can perform better than what we did last season.” – Adamson’s Franz Pumaren
Picks: Ateneo, La Salle, FEU.
while la salle, ateneo, feu, and adamson are tipped to contend for the championship, every coach agreed that there are no sure victories this season 80.
“We’re looking forward to this season, I guess last year our team caught a lot of people by surprise and we did well. And it’s also a challenge for us to be more consistent in the way that we play. And we’re hoping that our veteran core would do that this coming year. We lost Gboy Babilonia to graduation so we have a lot of holdovers and added four rookies, so we also know that the competition is tougher.” – Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga
Picks: La Salle, Adamson (first game), UP, NU.
“Kami naman as hosts this year, everyone from the FEU community is excited. (From) our team last year we lost (Reynar) Jose, (Monbert) Arong, and (Ken) Holmqvist. As you can see we’re a much smaller team this year but we’ll be bringing in five guys from our team B; mostly guards so you can expect (a) quicker team compare to last year.” – FEU’s Olsen Racela
Picks: Ateneo, La Salle, Adamson.
“Kami naman, we’re going to be very competitive coming into this season. We have a very young team pero we promise everyone that we’ll give it our best.” – NU mentor Jamike Jarin
Picks: La Salle, AdMU, FEU, and Adamson. Dark horse: UP
“We’re simply parading an all-Filipino line-up this season, with about five rookies, I would have a young team, a very young team. We’re really quite disappointed with the performance of the whole team last season but hopefully this coming season would be more competitive.” – UE’s Derrick Pumaren
Picks: La Salle, Ateneo, FEU, and Adamson.
“Unang-unang text na natanggap ko kanina nung bumababa ako ng eroplano ay dalawang players ko pala ang hindi eligible to play, so napakalaking dagok sa aming koponan ito. I trust the collective wisdom ng (UAAP) Board and syempre nag-iisip na ako kung paano kami mag-aadjust knowing that for last year iyon talaga iyong pinaghahandaan namin (pero) sana magbigyan pa kami ng panahon para makapag-adjust ng konti.” – UP head coach Bo Perasol
Picks: La Salle, Ateneo, FEU.
“We have prepared longer this year, not like last year. And I have eight new faces and eight veterans this year.” – UST mentor Boy Sablan
Picks: All teams are competitive this season.
Funniest lines of the day: “Actually I’m excited to watch the (game between) FEU and La Salle. Because it’s going to be a very competitive game, don’t get me wrong. Idol ko kasi si Olsen, nung naglalaro pa siya, pinanunood ko na.” – Franz Pumaren
“Yung pinaka-advantage namin among all the schools right now is nasa amin yung ‘pinaka-sexy’ na court side reporter (Miguel Dypiangco). That’s our advantage.” – Jarin
“Katulad ni coach Franz talagang sa YouTube ko lang napanuod kasi yung La Salle tsaka yung FEU. So gusto kong makita sa tunay.” – Perasol