Monday, January 10, 2011

Mailbag Mondays: 01/10/11

Q: What about the foreign-born players recruitment of ateneo? can you write something about them? word is there is a YOG player from Iran who wants to go to Katipunan
- - Basketphenome

CHF: Last question first; the notion that Ateneo has a prospect from Iran comes from an August 22 Tweet by Noli Eala. Said prospect was supposedly a point guard and member of the Iran U-17 team from 2009. Since then, no word.

If he is in fact with Ateneo, or at the very least, committed to Ateneo, he's got to be a season away at the very least (2011 would be his second residency year), and if he is already here, he's being hidden very well as he's not even a member of Team B. Should 2012 be his debut year, he'll be backing up Juami Tiongson and/or Mark Tallo Jr. for the foreseeable future unless he's really that much of a talent.

A pure foreign player being prepped for as early as Season 75 is Anthony Hargrove, a 6'5" power forward from the U.S. He came into Moro with a 6'2" small forward candidate, Dale (or Dave) Porter, who has a strong slashing game. The former is more of a lock to make the roster than the latter.

If you're looking for Fil-Ams, the SBP is supposedly targeting 6'8" Christian Standhardinger, a Fil-Am who left Nebraska because of academic deficiencies. Given the MVP connection, it's highly possible that he will continue his education in Ateneo, with the hope that he eventually makes the National Team.

There's some other random chatter out there: a few 6'7" 14 and 15 year olds being recruited, a 7' giant National Team possibility, but no definites.

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