MANILA, Philippines – Troy Rike will be able to play for National University (NU) this upcoming University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 81.
This after the Filipino-American Gilas Pilipinas prospect secured the necessary documents he needed to be qualified to play in the forthcoming Season 81 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
“He [Troy Rike] applied for his Filipino citizen recognition certificate, and it took quite some time before they finally granted it to him,” said NU president Nilo Ocampo at the sidelines of the press conference that officially launched the UAAP Season 81.
Troy Rike took to social media late last weekend, posting that he could not join NU in UAAP Season 81 because of factors “beyond his control.”
“The boy is getting frustrated,” said Ocampo. “Because it took some time, kabado siya because of the deadline. But eventually, it came out at the right time.”
Ocampo added that Rike was able to secured the document on Saturday, September 1st, a day after the UAAP held its board meeting.
Most relieved with the positive development was the NU head coach Jamike Jarin, who was the first to announced Rike’s eligibility during the press conference.
“To be honest, it has really been a frustrating week for us. I mean, ‘You’re out, you’re in, you’re out.’ That’s really frustrating,” Jarin said.
Troy Rike is a welcome addition to the young NU Bulldogs team because of his sufficient knowledge and experience as well as basketball skills, said the head coach.
“He’s 6’7” tall, can shoot, and he’s very strong,” said Jarin. “But it’s not automatic he’s going to bring you won games. It’s still a team sport.”
NU will heavily rely on a young core players led by Troy Rike, Rev Diputado, and rookie Shaun Ildefonso when the Bulldogs jump into action beginning this coming weekend. — CentrioNews.com