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Brent Paraiso confirms he's leaving UST

Brent Paraiso is leaving the Growling Tigers. UAAP (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—"Nakakalungkot pero kailangan."

This was what Brent Paraiso wrote on Twitter when he announced on Saturday night that he is moving out of the University of Santo Tomas.

Paraiso confirmed that he will not anymore play for the Growling Tigers, who are embroiled in a controversy following the revelation of an alleged training bubble in Capuy, Sorsogon, which is not allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paraiso is the second player who left UST in the aftermath the alleged bubble, the first being CJ Cansino, who claimed that he was removed from the team.

But while Cansino had a smooth transfer to the University of the Philippines, Paraiso's situation is quirky.

Now an incoming senior, Paraiso may not be able to transfer to another UAAP member school as his redshirt year will count in his playing years. The upcoming season would have been his last.

Paraiso can only either move to a member school of another league if he wants to play his final collegiate year or forego it and turn pro. He is already eligible for the 2020 PBA Draft.

But by the looks of it, a transfer to another college is likely as Paraiso dropped all his supposed courses for the upcoming semester.

Despite leaving UST, Paraiso has no love lost for his now former school.

"Mahal na mahal kita, UST," his tweet concluded.

Paraiso may not be the last to bolt out of the Tigers camp as a person privy of the situation told Dugout Philippines that Rhenz Abando and Mark Nonoy could be Letran-bound.

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