NCAA Rookie MVP Abando foregoes final year at Letran to play in Korean league

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(CNN Philippines, July 28) — Rhenz Abando is foregoing his final playing year in Colegio de San Juan de Letran and will suit up for the Anyang KGC in the 2022-2023 Korean Basketball League (KBL) season.

Anyang made the announcement on its social media account Thursday.

The reigning Rookie Most Valuable Player becomes the sixth Filipino to play in the KBL after SJ Belangel, RJ Abarrientos, Will Navarro, Justin Gutang, and Ethan Alvano.

Abando is coming off an impressive year with Letran where he carried the undefeated Knights to the NCAA Season 97 title. He averaged 15.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 blocks in the elimination round.

The 24-year-old also played for Gilas Pilipinas in the third window of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers and the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup.

Anyang is part of the East Asia Super League, which will tip off in October. It will compete in Group A where the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup championship will be bracketed.

Abando is joining an Anyang side that finished as runner-up in the last KBL season.