When the next basketball season of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) opens in a Covid-free future, the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons will have the one-two punch of the Nazareth School of National University in their line up.

UP Men’s Basketball Team manager lawyer Agaton Uvero confirmed today the transfer of 6’7” ultra talented big man Carl Tamayo and decorated floor general Gerry Abadiano to UP after the two National University (NU) Bullpups committed to make the big jump to Diliman this month.

From L-R: Bright Akhueti, Ricci Rivero, Head Coach Bo Perasol, Carl Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano, Team Manager Agaton Uvero

“Carl [Tamayo] and Gerry [Abadiano] will be a big part of our rebuilding efforts,” Uvero said. “Six of our players graduated last season and we have five more players who have just one playing year left. These two talents will help us secure our basketball future. We hope they will be model student-athletes of UP.”

These two talents will help us secure our basketball future.

Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol personally met with the new recruits and happily welcomed the two high school stars to the team.

Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano

“We are very happy to have Carl and Gerry in our team. Coming straight out of high school, they have five full playing years with the team. They will really be a big boost for our young team which is again in the process of rebuilding,” added Bo Perasol.

They will really be a big boost for our young team which is again in the process of rebuilding.

Tamayo and Abadiano, who will graduate from high school this year, said they chose UP because they value education and know how the University makes sure its student athletes also perform well academically.

“We want to be both students and athletes. Basketball is not forever so quality education is very important for us. If and when our basketball careers end, we want to have a back-up plan to fall back on. I learned this from my UP alum aunt, Mary Anne Tamayo, who raised me up,” Tamayo said.

Basketball is not forever so quality education is very important for us.

Tamayo and Abadiano, who suited up for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, join a loaded pool of UP recruits this year. Other players who committed to UP recently are Xavier School ace Miguel Tan, Fil-Canadians Alonso Tan and Anton Eusebio, Fil-Australian center Ethan Kirkness, Fil-Am guard Sam Dowd, and Gilas Youth cadet RC Calimag.

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