College of Saint Benilde main man Carlo Lastimosa, the 2010 NCAA Rookie of the Year, will no longer be part of the Blazers basketball team.
Lastimosa, who leads the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game, confirmed the news on his Twitter account on Thursday night while refusing to divulge further details.
“All of you will know the reason why I’m leaving, but hindi muna ngayon,” he wrote.
CSB coach Richard del Rosario also refused to discuss the matter, preferring to wait for a statement from the school instead.
“I need to wait for clearance from the school before I can comment on the Lastimosa issue,” wrote del Rosario on his Twitter account. “I’m sure an official statement will be made soon.”
Meanwhile, Lastimosa’s uncle Jojo, the PBA legend who now serves as an assistant for the Alaska Aces, said that he will be taking an advisory role to help chart the future of his nephew’s career.
“Uuwi muna siya sa Cagayan [de Oro City, the Lastimosas' hometown] to take a break and recharge,” said the elder Lastimosa.
It will be a short vacation for the hotshot guard, however, as he is planning to suit up for the next season of the PBA D-League. Carlo had an impressive stint in the inaugural D-League tournament earlier this year while playing for PC Gilmore, which is also coached by del Rosario.
This time, the younger Lastimosa is being eyed to join the Cebuana Lhuillier squad, which is headed by Luigi Trillo, a fellow Alaska assistant coach of Jojo.
“At least kung kay Luigi siya, makikita ko siya at maalagaan,” said the former Alaska superstar.
Jojo added that his nephew hasn’t closed the door on suiting up for another college basketball team, saying that Carlo has already received feelers from some squads.
“He just turned 21, so he could sit out one year, and he’ll be 23 in the mid-season [when he's eligible to play],” said Jojo of Carlo. “He could play one or two more years.”
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