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  1. #701
    Ano nangyari sa future ng UE??? Sino ba yun?

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    Last edited by gensankid; 06-28-2018 at 04:25 PM.

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    6-9 Senegalese Alex Diakhite is coach Joe’s first big recruit for UE
    By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 28, 2018 03:01 PM

    University of the East took its time in finding its next head coach, but it is nothing but confident it has made the right choice.

    Two-time UAAP Juniors champion coach Joe Silva is only a month into his new post as Red Warriors mentor, but is already off and running – winning the trust of players led by Alvin Pasaol as well as goodwill from the community.

    Now, he has even more good news for UE as from now on, 6-foot-9 Senegalese Alex Diakhite will be donning the red and white.

    The 21-year-old big man was a force for Diliman College prior to his transfer, powering them to impressive showings in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League.

    However, he won’t be eligible just yet in the UAAP as he still has to serve his one-year residency.

    Nonetheless, Diakhite’s transfer is a much-welcome development for a Red Warriors side that had long been searching for an inside presence ever since the departures of Charles Mammie and Moustafa Arafat.

    Along with the foreign student-athlete, Silva and team management have also secured the services of several solid high school players in Chiang Kai Shek College’s Jojo Antiporda and Sam Beltran, Mapua High School’s Carl Lacap, Nazareth School of National University’s Paul Manalang, and De La Salle Zobel’s Jan Sobrevega.

    And they are not done just yet. As Silva put it, “’Di pa tapos recruiting namin. May mga darating pa kaming surprise recruits for this year and next.”

    He then continued, “’Di pa namin madi-disclose, but we’re working on recruitment pa rin.”

    In this light, John Apacible, a former Ateneo de Manila University player with ties to Silva, and Richie Rodger, a versatile Filipino-Kiwi, are also both already enrolled in the Recto-based school.

    With these moves, Silva said that he only believes that all their recruits have bought in to the change of culture they want to do in UE. “I just sold them on the idea of being the seeds of bringing back the glory days to UE,” he said.

    He then continued, “I just told them that you guys are going to be the pioneers that will bring back UE to where it was before. On board naman sila sa process.”
    Last edited by gensankid; 06-28-2018 at 04:24 PM.

  4. #704
    UAAP: Diakhite formally joins UE
    Published June 29, 2018, 5:00 PM
    By Jerome Lagunzad

    Determined to bring back its glory days, University of the East took another big step towards that direction by securing the services of arguably the most dominant foreign student-athlete outside of the UAAP and NCAA circle.

    After fielding an all-Filipino lineup for the last couple of years, the Red Warriors are set to get bigger and taller with the entry of 6-foot-9 Senegalese big man Adama Diakhite, who could provide them the inside presence that they’ve been sorely missing since Sierra Leone native Charles Mammie last suited up in 2014.

    “He is a very big addition, literally and figuratively,” said UE’s first-year coach Joe Silva in a text message to the Manila Bulletin yesterday. “We now have that inside presence which all of the other UAAP teams have.”

    The wide-bodied Diakhite, 21, made heads turns when he played for the Diliman College in the fledging Universities and Colleges Basketball League last year, leading the Blue Dragons, handled by former pro Rensy Bajar, to a Final Four finish.

    Diakhite was earlier reported to be pursued by reigning UAAP men’s cage titlist Ateneo and fellow powerhouse La Salle. All talks, however, remained in exploratory stage and ended up futile, paving the way for his surprise arrival at UE.

    “His presence alone can give problems to the other teams being a force down low on offense and a rim protector on the defensive end,” added Silva of Diakhite, who will still have to undergo a one-year residency before he can play for a maximum of three years.

    Aside from Diakhite, Silva disclosed that they also have other key pieces waiting in the wings, led by 6-foot-4 Fil-Kiwi wingman Richie Rodger, former Ateneo big man John Apacible, ex-Blue Eaglet Brix Ramos and former Jose Rizal University wingman Abdul Sawat.

    If current star forward Alvin Pasaol will still play next year, the Red Warriors have enough tools to make a serious run for a Final Four slot and possibly for a coveted title which they last hoisted back in 1985 behind a formidable squad bannered by eventual pro league greats Allan Caidic and Jerry Codiñera.

    Tags: Adama Diakhite, Charles Mammie, Diliman College, Joe Silva, Red Warriors, UAAP, UE Red Warriors, University of the East

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