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CJ Cansino transfers to UP after UST fallout

CJ Cansino heads to Diliman.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--One day after his shock departure from the University of Santo Tomas, CJ Cansino quickly found a new home.

The University of the Philippines announced on Friday that the six-foot-two winger will transfer to the said academe.

“CJ will be a great addition to ensuring the sustainability of the program, especially with possibly just one player left from last season playing for Season 84. I will personally help him make the transition to being a Fighting Maroon. CJ will definitely enjoy his stay in UP,” Coach Bo Perasol said in a statement.

The development came after an apparent fallout between Cansino and the Growling Tigers.

"Tinanggal ako eh. Hindi mo naman pwede ipagpilitan yung sarili mo," Cansino said in a separate statement earlier in the day. "Sobrang lungkot lang na kailangan kong umalis sa UST kahit hindi ko gusto."

Cansino seemed to be at home in UST, winning the Most Valuable Player award for UAAP Season 80 with the Tiger Cubs and becoming a Rookie of the Year contender with the Growling Tigers in Season 81.

Despite only coming back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Cansino was named UST's team captain for Season 82, so the team's decision to cut him came as a huge surprise.

Accepting the situation with his "dream school," he deemed, "I need to move on."

“Noong natanggap ko na hindi na ako pwede sa UST, marami po akong kinausap and kinonsulta. Ang naging pakiramdam ko po ay mas bagay talaga ako sa UP, mas comfortable ako sa UP,” Cansino added.

Cansino will sit out Season 83 as he serves a one-year residency. He will become eligible for the Fighting Maroons in Season 84.

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