IT SURE did not take long for former University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers star CJ Cansino to find a new home, as he committed to join the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons.
The development was confirmed by no less than UP head coach Bo Perasol, who met with Cansino to formalize his entry into Diliman.
Earlier in the day, the former team captain of the Growling Tigers revealed that he did not leave the team on his own volition, but rather, he was taken off the team.
"Tinanggal ako eh. Hindi mo naman kasi puwede ipagpilitan yung sarili mo sa team na ayaw na sa 'yo (I was taken off the team. You can't force yourself upon a team that no longer wants you)," Cansino said in a statement that was released on Friday morning, August 21.
UP officials led by Maroons team manager Atty. Agaton Uvero and Perasol immediately met with Cansino on Friday afternoon, August 21, as the latter expressed his interest to join the Diliman-based squad.
"Noong natanggap ko na, na hindi na ako pwede sa UST, marami po akong kinausap and kinonsulta. Ang naging pakiramdam ko po ay mas bagay talaga ako sa UP, mas comfortable ako sa UP (When the moment arrived that I finally accepted that I would no longer be at UST, I spoke and consulted with a lot of people and I got the feeling that I will fit right in at UP. I feel comfortable here)," Cansino said.
Cansino is coming off a sophomore season wherein he averaged 5.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists not long after suffering a knee injury that abruptly halted his spectacular freshman year.
Perasol welcomed Cansino's decision to join the Fighting Maroons and assured the incoming third-year guard that he will help him adjust to the new environment.
"CJ will be a great addition to ensuring the sustainability of the program, especially with possibly just one player left from last season playing for Season 84. I will personally help him make the transition to being a Fighting Maroon. CJ will definitely enjoy his stay in UP," Perasol said.
Cansino will be serving a one-year residency and will be eligible to play for the Maroons in UAAP Season 84 where he is expected to team up with the de Liaño brothers, Juan and Javi, as well as University of the Visayas star Jancork Cabahug.
Cansino's recruitment continues UP's string of signings that include former Gilas Pilipinas youth team members and incoming rookies Carl Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano, who joined the Maroons from the National University Bullpups. Also set to join UP are NCAA juniors Most Valuable Player Joel Cagulangan and former Centro Escolar University sentinel Malick Diouf. (JNP)