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UST coach Aldin Ayo clears air on Aaron Fermin recruiting issue


Another controversy surfaced for the UST Growling Tigers.

This time, UST is allegedly at fault for recruiting Adamson rookie Aaron Fermin.

Controversial writer/insider Snow Badua first broke out this scoop on Twitter, stating that UST coaching staffs and the 6-foot-5 big man maintained communication with each other.

Fresh from the Rhenz Abando poaching issue, UST head coach Aldin Ayo made things clear once and for all regarding Fermin.

“Si Aaron Fermin ni-recruit namin siya January pa. I think everybody has the right to recruit players especially yung mga mga graduating players—wala namang problema yun eh,” Ayo said after an 88-76 victory against NU on Saturday.

The second-year UST tactician then threw a bit of a shade to the team that was said to be recruiting Abando in the middle of the season.

“Ang masama, siguro yung nasa team na, on-going yung season I thinks that’s—-siguro hindi maganda yun. Anybody can recruit! Anybody can recruit anybody naman e. Pagkatapos ng season ng juniors,” Ayo shared.

Ayo and the rest of the Growling Tigers came from an emotional week, but still managed to get the job done in their Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs — which just happened to be involved in Abando-drama.

“Well importante yung game na to kasi — because of the standings eh not for anything else. That’s basketball eh,” Ayo stated.

“Hindi mo dapat yan hinahaluan ng kung ano ano and everytime na mag-start yung laro, well we put everything and kahit ano dapat ilagay mo muna sa tabi. We just have to play basketball and we [coaching staffs] just have to coach.”

The two-time titlist mentor did not drop names, but he insist that everything that transpired is now a thing in the past for the team.

“Talking about that issue, we’re going to deal it in the Thomasian way which is well ‘you hate the sin, but not the sin’ so wala namang ganun e. Kung ginawa nila yun well let’s forget about it. Napatawad naming o ano, okay na yun. Pero yung ginawa? Kung may magagawa na ma-prevent yun, mas maganda,” he shared.

“Tapos na yun.”