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‘Rethink your decision’ says Baldwin to Dave Ildefonso


Ateneo Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin has a message for former Ateneo high school standout Dave Ildefonso: rethink your decision.

After getting a victory against the National University Bulldogs, 72-46, Thirdy Ravena was asked about Ildefonso’s performance. After Ravena answered, Baldwin suddenly spoke.

“Oh I want to make a comment on that,” said Baldwin.

“Dave, as everybody knows, was a very valued recruit for Ateneo, and we ended up not getting him,” added Baldwin. “We wanted Dave to rethink that decision, or perhaps, wonder why he made that decision and we want the next recruit, who’s in that position, to remember that.”

Dave transferred to NU to be with his older brother, Shaun, and their father, Danny, who is serving as an assistant to Jamike Jarin.

But the message Baldwin and his guys tried sending to Dave was not received.

“Well, I don’t think I made the wrong decision in switching schools. Whatever statement they are sending me, I didn’t get it,” the younger Ildefonso said.

“Kung si SJ [Belangel] limited minutes, kung nag stay ako doon, mas lalo na ako, mas limited,” he added.

SJ Belangel, Dave’s batchmate in Ateneo high, played for 12 minutes and scored five points in his debut game in the collegiate ranks.

Dave reassured Baldwin that he made the right decision, getting longer playing time in NU.

“I think I made the right decision. Coach Tab, right decision, see you soon,” he ended.