Fil-Canadian guard Albert Opeña Jr. joins Ateneo

Filipino-Canadian guard Albert Opeña Jr. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino-Canadian guard Albert Opeña Jr. has dedicated to play for Ateneo within the UAAP Season 86.

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin on Wednesday welcomed one other recruit in Opeña, who could make his debut in 2023 and may have 4 taking part in years of eligibility.

The 6-foot-2 performed for St. Lawrence within the 2019-20 season of Ontario Schools Athletic Affiliation, averaging 8.2 factors on 44.1-percent capturing together with a 40.6-percent clip from deep to go together with 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 help in 18 video games.

“He’s a big guard and he’s got size. He’s very strong, well built, and he’s got quick feet and quick hands,” mentioned Baldwin in a digital press convention with workforce supervisor Epok Quimpo. 

“We like what his game presents and we think his unselfishness and physicality will fit well in our system. He’ll be a big asset for us moving forward,” he added.

Opeña migrated to Canada at age 5 together with his father Albert Sr., who hails from Nueva Vizcaya, and Pasigueña mom.

The Blue Eagles remained formidable within the ongoing Season 84 males’s basketball event with a 12-0 file — two matches away from sweeping the elimations and an outright Finals ticket. 

However Ateneo, which received 38 straight UAAP video games relationship again to October 2018, continued to beef up its roster for the subsequent seasons.

Two days in the past, Baldwin welcomed 6-foot-7 Filipino-Aussie Mason Amos.

Each Amos and Opeña are anticipated to make their debut in 2023, because the Season 85 is ready to open in September this yr.

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