Carl Tamayo turns pro

Promising Cebuano hoops star Carl Tamayo has announced he is foregoing his remaining playing years with the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons to play professional basketball in Japan’s B.League.

“I would like to share with everyone that I have been invited to play in the Japanese B-League, and after consulting my family, Coach Gold, my teammates, and the UPMBT management, I have decided to accept the offer to play professionally in Japan,” said Tamayo in a statement he released on Tuesday morning.

Tamayo was a huge part of UP’s march toward its first UAAP title since 1986 in Season 84. In that season, he was named the league’s Rookie of the Year and earned a spot in the Mythical Five. Although UP fell short of snatching back-to-back crowns in Season 85, Tamayo still played superbly, norming 13.79 points and 7.71 rebounds per game.

In moving to Japan, Tamayo becomes the latest Filipino player to ply his trade there joining the likes of Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks, Dwight Ramos, Matthew Wright, and fellow Cebuano, Greg Slaughter.

“Becoming a professional basketball player is a dream I have had ever since I started playing organized basketball. It will allow me to care of my family while playing the game that I love,” said Tamayo.

Tamayo expressed his gratitude to the people who have helped him become one of the best young players in the country today.

“Playing for UP has been one of the greatest blessings in my life, and I am grateful to Coach Gold (Monteverde), Coach Bo (Perasol), our Sponsors, the whole team, the people behind Nowhere to go but UP, and the UP community for welcoming me into the UP family and for contributing to my growth as a basketball player. Thank you po sa inyong lahat.”

“To the UP community and to the team’s fans, salamat kaayo; I cannot thank you enough for your prayers and for your support. Whatever colors I wear in the years to come, my heart will always bleed maroon.”