UAAP Season 82 Preview: Why UE Will Make Huge Strides
Key Holdovers: Philip Manalang, Allan Beltran, Jojo Antiporda, and Chris Conner
Key Additions: John Apacible, Alex Diakhite, Jed Mendoza, Harvey Pagsanjan, Richie Rodger, Rey Suerte, Neil Tolentino
Key Losses: Reymark Acuno, Wilson Bartolome, Alvin Pasaol, Jason Varilla
The UE Red Warriors are starting to become a relevant team again, and no, we are not talking about the Photoshop fiasco that went viral on social media.
UE has experienced a playoff drought for the past nine years, and they are still doing whatever it takes to put all the right pieces together.
However, the Recto-based troops are somehow heading into the right path, and they aim to take advantage on the unpredictability that is surrounding this Season 82.
Silva’s Patience in Development
There is a reason why UE chose former Ateneo Blue Eaglets coach Joe Silva as their head mentor last season.
Of course, Silva was used to winning in the juniors division, which is why he made a huge adjustments during the rebuilding process.
Good thing is that Silva and his trusted staffs have been hands-on when it comes in the recruitment process of the team, and it is certain that everything will sort itself out for the team.
Manalang the Orchestrator
Aside from former star Alvin Pasaol, UE saw something bright on Philip Manalang last season.
This time, it is the 22-year-old guard who will definitely call the shots for the Warriors, and he knows that it is no easy feat.
However, his unselfish style of play as the team’s facilitator could do wonders for UE.
Aside from NU Bulldogs, it seems that the UE Red Warriors are all-in with their blue-chip recruits and transferees.
UE will finally parade their import Alex Diakhite, who is primed to dominate inside the painted area, while Harvey Pagsanjan and Ritchie Rodgers will make their debut in college as promising rookies.
Also, it seems that the Red Warriors program have done something right with their programs, which is why some veterans like Rey Suerte, Jed Mendoza, and John Apacible took their talents in Recto in hopes of making a great impact.
Although the sudden departure of Pasaol will affect their rebuilding process, UE is more than determined to bounce back from a forgettable season.