Two more basketball players left the camp of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers.
In their respective Instagram accounts on Monday, September 14, UAAP Season 82 Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy, and guard Deo Cuajao bid farewell to the men’s basketball team of the Tigers.
The two players transferred to the De La Salle University.
“Napakabigat man para sa loob ko, kinakailangan ko ng katiyakan sa aking career para makapagfocus ulit sa basketball. Dahil ilang weeks na akong binabagabag ng kung ano ang kahihinatnan ng atin team,” Nonoy said.
Cuajao echoed the sentiments of Nonoy, and said that making the decision to leave UST has been difficult.
“Hanggang sa huli, umaasa akong magkakaron ng linaw at maayus na patutunguhan ang team despite sa lahat ng pinagdaraanan namin. Ngunit hanggang ngayon walang tiyak na na direksyon,” Cuajao said.
“Mabigat man ang loob ko, kinakailangan ko na talaga mag disisyon at maghanap ng katiyakan para sa career ko dahil dito ko binubuo ang pangarap ko para sa pamilya ko,” he added.
The two 19-year old players also expressed gratitude to UST, to the management of the Growling Tigers, and to their coaches particularly former UST coach Aldin Ayo.
Reports stated that at least seven players, including Nonoy and Cuajao, have left the España-based squad since August.
CJ Cansino, the former captain of the UST men’s basketball team, joined the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons following his departure from the Growling Tigers.
The Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, meanwhile, welcomed Brent Paraiso, Rhenz Abando, and Ira Bataller to their ranks.
Reports also said that incoming sophomore Jun Asuncion left the Growling Tigers to join the Mapúa University Cardinals.
UST has been placed under scrutiny following allegations that its men’s basketball team held a training bubble in Sorsogon during the time when the government prohibited the conduct of team practices due to the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.