Is It True? UST Star Rhenz Abando Reportedly Transfers to Letran Knights

Transfer chatter has been making the rounds since news of UST's bubble training in Bicol came to light.
by Randolph B. Leongson for   |  Aug 30, 2020
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University of Santo Tomas rising star Rhenz Abando is reportedly leaving the Tigers for the Letran Knights in the NCAA.

If word from the grapevine is to be believed, CJ Cansino might not be the last player to depart Espana in the wake of the controversial bubble training in Sorsogon.

Multiple sources told that Abando could possibly be the next to part ways with the Growling Tigers, leaving UST for Letran.

Talk of an Abando move to Letran first surfaced just a day after former UST team captain CJ Cansino was kicked out of the squad by coach Aldin Ayo, allegedly because of 'differences' that grew worse during the Bicol training.

But sources said informal talks between Letran team officials and people representing Abando have gained ground over the past few days, especially with the future of UST unclear in the face of an investigation into a bubble training that violated health protocols during the pandemic.


Abando, together with the rest of the Growling Tigers, are on their way back to Manila from Bicol on Saturday while the school awaits the UAAP's verdict after being furnished a copy of the findings of UST's internal probe into the matter.

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One thing sure, the high-flyer will be an asset to any team he joins.

The 6-foot-2 forward suited up for a year for the Philippine College of Science and Technology in Pangasinan before he was discovered by Ayo and brought to UST, where he developed into one of the most exciting prospects in the college game.

He emerged as the Tigers' second-leading scorer last UAAP Season 82, posting 11.7 points on 29-percent shooting from deep, along with 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in UST's run to its first finals appearance since 2015.

As it is, it isn't the first time that the 22-year-old has been involved in transfer rumors.

Midway through last season, he was benched by Ayo as the coach revealed that at least two UAAP rival schools were intent on poaching the player. Abando was eventually reinstated to the rotation and played a key role in the runner-up finish to Ateneo.


So will this latest transfer saga happen?

Sources bared Abando's move to Letran will likely happen, especially with the future of the UST Tigers uncertain. Abando moving from the UAAP to the NCAA also makes sense as it gives him three more playing years once he debuts for the Knights come NCAA Season 97.

But is it a done deal?

One source bared it is almost a done deal but threw in a word of caution, saying any transfer will find more clarity by Tuesday. Until then, nothing is certain, the source added.

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