Towering center Arnold Van Opstal has no plans of returning to La Salle, as far as his player agent is concerned.
Agent Charlie Dy on Wednesday dismissed rumors suggesting the 6-foot-9 Van Opstal intends to make a change of heart and stage a stunning comeback to the Green Archers after skipping the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball wars due to a recurring Achilles heel injury.
“Not true,” was the curt reply of Dy, a former high school basketball coach, when asked by Fox Sports if Van Opstal intends to reconsider his earlier decision of skipping his fifth and final year of playing eligibility in the country’s premier collegiate league.
Dy added Van Opstal, who helped La Salle win the UAAP men’s cage crown in 2012, is also focused on taking the big leap to the pro ranks through this year’s PBA Rookie Draft.
Aside from the Fil-German Van Opstal, the Green Archers might miss the services of hefty power forward Jason Perkins, who disclosed to Fox Sports on Tuesday that he also intends to forego his fourth and final year in the UAAP as he strongly considers joining the PBA draft.
But even without Van Opstal and the 6-foot-4 Perkins, La Salle remains a formidable force to be reckoned with, with ace forward Jeron Teng, Prince Rivero, Larry Muyang, Abu Tratter and blue-chip Southwestern U recruit, Cameroonian Ben Mbala, alternating to patrol the paint.
In his four seasons with La Salle, Van Opstal submitted career averages of 7.30 points, 5.38 rebounds, 0.82 assists and 0.64 blocks in 61 games.
Perkins, also a member of La Salle’s 2012 champion team, has averages of 10.20 points, 9.63 rebounds, 1.78 assists, 0.27 blocks and 0.20 steals in 49 outings. — By Jerome Lagunzad