Fidel Magonon III, the PBA's official statistician sank any hope of UP becoming even remotely competitive next season, by revealing the newest shake-up at State U.
Alinko Mbah was slated to become eligible this upcoming Season 74 with the role of replacing Magi Sison's production at the Center spot. With his EDITED: likely departure, and given how Joe Etame and Nchotu Njei have to sit out next year for residency purposes, that means the Fighting Maroons will have to fight with guys like Mark Juruena, Martin Pascual, and new recruit Paolo Romero in the middle.
Without any other recruits who can play right way, most likely UP will be the shortest team in the UAAP, making it even harder for them to notch that elusive "W".
EDITED: UP insider Mateen Cleaves on GameFace and Kim on Peyups.com have come out and said that Alinko is still a Maroon, with Kim saying that the news came straight from Ricky Dandan. With that in mind, the entire issue is an interesting one to follow. When line-ups for the Filoil Flying V Premiere Cup come out, one's eyes might want to check out if a) Etame and Njei are on the line-up and b) Alinko is as well.