On the night Letran won the championship last year, then Knights coach Aldin Ayo told a few reporters, who stayed behind after the victory and bonfire celebration in Intramuros, that he sees McJour Luib following his footsteps soon.
One year later, Luib is taking that path as Ayo was able to convince his former player to join him at La Salle.
Luib now hopes to achieve in the UAAP what he has failed to do in his final year in the NCAA.
After vanquished champion Letran officially crashed out of the NCAA Final Four on Tuesday, Ayo announced that Luib will soon join him in Taft — not as a player though but as part of the coaching staff of the UAAP’s title favorite De La Salle Green Archers.
Ayo and Luib sealed the deal over the weekend where they were seen watching the UAAP games together.
“Kukunin ko siyang assistant coach and at the same time as practice player after ng NCAA. Magiging magaling na coach ‘yun (McJour),” Ayo told FOX Sports.
Luib impressed Ayo with his high Basketball IQ and his heart when he helped the then neophyte coach capture the NCAA crown last year.
“He can help us defensively especially on the players’ perspective. He knows how to handle situations when physically it’s impossible to continue playing but still he’s able to push through,” Ayo spoke highly of his former back-up point guard.
“Last year, he was the barometer of our defense [at Letran] although right now our players (in La Salle) are doing it already but we just want to make sure,” he added.
A former role player when he won back-to-back championships with Letran in 1998-99, Ayo sees a lot of himself in Luib who, like him, was able to carve his niche behind the team’s resident superstars.
Ayo played a pivotal role behind the Kerby Raymundo-Willie Miller tandem when he sank the the go-ahead basket in Game One of their title conquest in 1999 against Jose Rizal College (now JRU) while Luib was also instrumental in Letran’s championship run last year that featured the Rey Nambatac-Mark Cruz combo.
With Ayo making Luib his understudy, it is not far-fetched that he would be primed up for a future stint as a Letran head coach.
“Sana mag-work out,” Ayo said.
Luib will report at La Salle following Letran’s final game on Sept. 22 against also-ran Emilio Aguinaldo College. – By Alder Almo
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