Despite having one more playing year left in his UAAP career, University of the Philippines guard Mikee Reyes will not be suiting up for the Fighting Maroons next season.
Reyes made the announcement on his Twitter account on Wednesday night.
Newly-appointed head coach Joe Ward also confirmed the development to GMA News Online.
Former Ginebra skills coach Joe Ward confirmed on Wednesday his appointment as the head coach of the University of the Philippines men's basketball team.
"Two days ago they came up and gave me the news, the chancellor. They told me, 'Congratulations you're the new coach,'" said the American, who was involved with the UP Maroons as a trainer and skills coach.
Ward is different from "Jumping" Joe Ward, the former NBA player who played with Ginebra in the PBA in the late '80s.
American coach Joe Ward, currently the acting coach of the UP Fighting Maroons, has no plans of a repeat of last season, when the university’s community threw a bonfire celebration to honor the team’s breaking of a two-year losing streak in Season 77.
He doesn’t want a bonfire next season, but not because he has anything against the festivities itself.
“I’ve heard UP had two consecutive winless seasons, so when the team got its first win, there was a bonfire celebration and a lot of people within the community felt so happy,” Ward told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.
MANILA, Philippines – At least three more key players will leave the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors following the departure of star guard Roi Sumang.
ABS-CBN Sports reported Thursday that Charles Mammie, Moustapha Arafat and Gino Jumao-as will not suit up for the Red Warriors in Season 78, which starts on September.
It was already confirmed that Sumang will skip his final playing year to declare for the PBA Draft. Another key player in their Season 77 campaign, team captain Bong Galanza, played his final season last year.
MANILA, Philippines – UAAP Season 77 men's basketball MVP Kiefer Ravena believes other Ateneo teams have a lot to learn from the Lady Eagles after seeing their women's volleyball team dominate the recent tournament.
Ravena was a regular viewer of the UAAP Season 77 women's volleyball tournament, watching not only the Lady Eagles but also the De La Salle University Lady Spikers as he is famously dating the "Taft Tower" Mika Reyes.
He was part of a 20,000-strong crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday that witnessed how the Lady Eagles routed La Salle in three sets to complete a 16-game sweep of the tournament and claim a second straight women's championship.
To those requesting for an update on the coaching situation of the UP Fighting Maroons, we’re pleased to report the latest development.
The search committee composed of Maroons team manager Dan Palami, Globalport team consultant Pido Jarencio, UP College of Human Kinetics athletic director Ariel Juliano, lawyer Bong Somera from the UP Alumni Association, Artemio Isidro and Rene Balmaceda have started to interview candidates for the head coaching position this week.
The candidates were interviewed individually by the panel.
MANILA – Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena could not help but reminisce about his high school glory days after watching the Blue Eaglets take on National University in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 77 juniors basketball Finals last Tuesday.
Ravena had a decorated high school career, winning three straight championships and twice being named Finals Most Valuable Player. He went on to play for Ateneo in the seniors, where he has won two championships and an MVP award.
But while watching the young Ateneo players give their all against the bigger NU Bullpups, Ravena said he had "flashbacks" to when he was still in high school.