The reigning UAAP Men’s Basketball champions are about to get a power boost.
The Ateneo Blue Eagles may have lost some of their key players with the departure of Dave Ildefonso, BJ Andrade and Matthew Daves, but their lineup should be just fine.
It’s expected that coach Tab Baldwin’s roster will be replenished with terrific talent, starting with Fil-Aussie prodigy Mason Amos.
The 18-year-old stretch committed to the Ateneo last April, and now seems ready to take on the new challenge waiting for him in the UAAP.
On Instagram, he posted a photo taken at the airport, which included emojis of the Australian and Philippine flag with the caption, “New beginnings.”
Clearly, Amos is referring to the new phase of his basketball journey that has taken him back to the Philippines. He once attended Ateneo High School but it was in Brisbane, Australia where he had spent the last few years honing his game. When he gets to Loyola, he will go through an adjustment period. But as his IG story suggests, the young man is prepared.
Pundits are already calling Amos the best shooter in the country who stands above 6-foot-5. The scouting report also says he is a stretch big who can play all frontcourt positions. Coming out of Brisbane as a high school senior, he is eligible to play the full five years in the UAAP.
With so much buzz around Amos, it sounds like he is not just hot prospect for Ateneo but also for Gilas Pilipinas. That shouldn’t be a surprise, though, as he had already showed out for the Gilas Youth squad at the FIBA U18 Asian Championship.