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UAAP Juniors MVP Cansino stays with UST, rejects lucrative offers from other shools

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By ADRIAN STEWART CO

Despite being handed out an offer that is hard to refuse, recently-crowned UAAP Juniors MVP Crispin John Cansino chose to be loyal to his alma mater after committing to play for the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers.

Cansino formalized his commitment with Growling Tigers on Monday evening shutting down the door on other suitors, which includes the San Miguel Corporation-backed Letran Knights.

The commitment, which was first announced by head coach Aldin Ayo on his Twitter account, was just a formality as Cansino has already been practicing with the UST seniors team for weeks now.

Cansino had previously announced “informally” that he would be staying with the UST for college—first in interviews during the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball awarding and on a Twitter post on March 2.

“Nagpapractice na ako sa UST. Wala na akong ibang plan na lumipat. Siguro mag-start na rin ako sa UST para mas maaga akong makapag-jell sa team and to learn from coach Aldin,” Cansino said in an interview with Spin.ph on February 27.

“Sobrang laki ng pagkakaiba kasi nung high school forward ang laro ko and sa college baka guard ako. Hindi ko alam kung magfi-fit ako pero I’ll make sure na gagawin ko ang lahat para mag-fit ako sa sistema,” added the 18-year-old forward.


P1 MILLION BONUS, BRAND NEW CAR

Meanwhile, a source told the Fastbreak that one of collegiate schools aiming at Cansino has handed out a lucrative offer that included a P1 million signing bonus, P30,000 monthly allowance, condominium and brand new car.

“Actually ‘yung (school) desperado talaga silang makuha si Cansino. Binakuran nga ‘yung bata nung awarding ng UAAP juniors pero matigas ang bata na sa UST na talaga siya,” said the source.

“Naging vocal naman talaga si Cansino na gusto niyang mag stay sa UST so kung umasa sila na makukuha nila ‘yung bata dahil sa mga ganoong offer ay sorry sila. Hindi naman lahat ay nadadaan sa pera pera,” the source said.

A separate source told the Fastbreak that the commitment of Cansino was just the first in a wave high school standouts set to formalize their commitments to UST.