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UPIS' Kobe Demisana joining Ateneo for college

Kobe Demisana poses together with Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin.
By Stewart Tan

MANILA—University of the Philippines Integrated School center Kobe Demisana is joining Ateneo de Manila University for college.

The Pontevedra, Negros Occidental-native formalized his commitment to the reigning UAAP champions on Friday after listening to offers from a number of Manila-based schools and universities.

"Growing up, Ateneo is one of my dream schools," said the 18-year-old center. "The main reason I chose Ateneo is that I know I can grow more as a player and as a student here."

"Alam naman natin na Ateneo is one of the top universities in the Philippines and I will learn a lot here hindi lang sa court kung hindi pati rin sa about life after basketball," Demisana added.

The 6-foot-8 Demisana was a former standout of the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts before moving to the Junior Maroons.

In his sole season with the Junior Maroons, Demisana delivered averages of 17.64 points, 12.64 rebounds, 4.07 blocks, 2.64 assists, and 2.14 steals but his school only won one of their 14 games.

Demisana, who was also tapped to play for Batang Gilas last year, said he is looking forward to be handled by former Gilas Pilipinas mentor Thomas Baldwin at the Blue Eagles den.

"I am so excited to be under Coach Tab, primarily because of his experience and career. I know there is still so much for me to learn, and I am confident that Coach Tab will give his best to teach me," he said. 

"I want to absorb all the knowledge and skills that Coach Tab can impart because he knows what is best for every player," added Demisana. "I believe it is God's plan for me, and I trust that more opportunities are coming. So, I thank God for this."

Demisana joins fellow Negrense Raffy Celis and Michael Asoro of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu; and Gilas Youth standouts Mason Amos and Kyle Gamber as part of Ateneo's recruitment class for 2023.

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  1. How has the basketball community, including fans and analysts, responded to Kobe Demisana's decision to join Ateneo? Regard Telkom University