AFTER sitting out the last Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) season to focus on his academics, talented wingman Tricky Peromingan is raring to end his collegiate career with a bang as he is set to suit up for the Adamson Soaring Falcons for a one-and-done season in the UAAP.
Peromingan has been training with the Falcons under head coach Franz Pumaren for a few weeks now. The 6-foot-1 guard was initially in talks to join the University of Cebu but with head coach Yayoy Alcoseba already gone, Peromingan jumped on the opportunity to join Adamson.
“It feels like a dream come true to finally get a chance to play in the UAAP again. All the things that happened last year turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I’ll continue to work hard and prove myself to the team,” said Peromingan, who will be joining a Falcons squad loaded with recruits from the Cesafi.
This includes Joshua Yerro, Ivan Maata, Mike Macion and former Cesafi juniors MVP, Jed Colonia.
With the one-and-done proving successful for fellow Cesafi alumnus, Rey Anthony Suerte — who had an outstanding stint with the University of the East last season, which led him to get drafted in the PBA and the Gilas Pilipinas pool — Peromingan is hoping to make the same impact for Adamson.
“I’m ready and I’m up to the challenge. Last year, when I decided to sit out and not play for my last year in the Cesafi, I really worked hard day in and day out to prepare for something like this and indeed, God is so good that he led me back here in Manila,” added Peromingan, who did not play in the Cesafi last year to focus on his academic duties during his final year in school.
Peromingan is no stranger to the UAAP as he played for Far Eastern University during his high school years.
Peromingan says being one of a few veterans on the squad, he is keen on leading by example. This means giving his teammates hell during practice and scrimmages.
“I’m pressuring whoever I guard on defense and making them earn their shots, not giving them a way to dribble, that’s my way of helping them to prepare,” said Peromingan. (JNP)