Facing one big problem down low, University of the East head coach Derrick Pumaren wants approach the situation depending on what is available on the table for him.
UE had no answer against prized import Ben Mbala, who got the job done in the paint for La Salle, which dealt them 97-75 setback in the pre-season tourney.
But despite absorbing a 22-point rout against a team that features a dominant import, Pumaren has no plans on acquiring one.
“I don’t think we need it because we don’t have it,” said Pumaren when asked by FOX Sports of the necessity for a foreign reinforcement for their next UAAP campaign.
Getting an import to bolster a team has been a practice in both the UAAP and NCAA for quite some years now but Pumaren is sticking on his locals despite lacking a legitimate big man.
“Mahirap maghanap ng wala so we don’t look for it. I am not gonna cry over spilled milk pero whatever I have, yun na yun,” he added.
Pumaren also emphasized it will take 2 years from now for an import to suit up for the Recto-based dribblers, who also didn’t parade an import in the previous season.
UE’s last foreign player was Charles Mammie, a Sierra Leone native who had a decent outing playing in Season 76 and 77.
Right now, the multi-titled mentor’s focus is observing the development of his players this summer as they aim to make it back to the Final Four this year after 6 years of absence.
“It’s still a long way, I used a lot of players, I start players differently, that’s not mean I’m not going all out. I’m here as part of the preparation for the upcoming UAAP so I need to see of who will make it to the final cut,” he said. – By Jason Mercene
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