UAAP: Abando has no plans to abandon UST Growling Tigers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) — Rhenz Abando is moving on from the recruitment drama that captivated the whole UAAP community in the last couple of hours, which involved his alma mater University of Santo Tomas (UST) and other schools.

The 21-year-old cager is now focusing on helping his squad clinch a Final Four spot in the men's basketball tournament. The UST Growling Tigers are in the hunt for a semifinals slot as they are currently in third place with a 6-5 win-loss slate.

"I have really no plans to leave, there was a little misunderstanding in the last game; that's why I did not play," the La Union native told CNN Philippines in Filipino.

Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo confirmed to the Varsitarian, the school's official publication, that Abando was being lured by the other universities.

“For me, that’s very unethical. In the middle of the season, offering to contact a player," he said.

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Abando averaged 11.8 points, five rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in the 10 games he played for UST this season. He will be back in action when the Growling Tigers tackle National University on October 19 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.