Will Brent Paraiso play for UST in the UAAP? Aldin Ayo says 'nothing is final'

It seems that Brent Paraiso has found a new home with the UST Growling Tigers.

Earlier this year, Paraiso, along with brothers Ricci and Prince, announced that they will be taking a leave of absence from the De La Salle Green Archers basketball team. On May 9, Paraiso suited up for the Tigers against the JRU Heavy Bombers in the SMART/UCBL (Universities and Colleges Basketball League) Preseason Tournament.

UST coach Aldin Ayo shed some light on his apparent new recruit on Friday during the 12th Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup presented by Chooks-to-Go.

"Yes, he's there but nothing is final," Ayo divulged after the Tigers lost to the San Sebastian Stags. "For me, if he's willing, it's okay. We're not pursuing. If he won't go here, then it's okay."

Ayo was the coach of Paraiso for the past two UAAP seasons before he parted ways with the Archers late last year.

It has been a tumultuous couple of months for Paraiso. After taking a leave from the Green Archers, he had to address his alleged drug use in March. He denied the accusations by going on social media and posting a statement and drug test results.

Since then, the defensive standout has staved off headlines until he saw action for the Tigers against the Heavy Bombers.

"He hasn't committed yet," Ayo clarified. "He just wanted to play so we let him play."

Since there's no eligibility rule in the UCBL, Paraiso was cleared to see action. He had a rousing first game for his squad as he posted 17 points.

"Brent has improved a lot. From the time we were together in La Salle till now? The improvement has been huge," Ayo shared. "He can keep up in our trainings."

"I don't why but, everyone who leaves La Salle, improves," added the UST tactician, mentioning the likes of former Archers Robert Bolick, Matt Salem, and Larry Muyang.

"That means that there are a lot of capable players in La Salle. When players leave from the third or fourth group, they can start for other teams. That's how deep of a team La Salle is."

With Paraiso making headway in UST, Ayo also gave his thoughts on another former La Salle standout.

"We don't have any news yet with Ricci (Rivero). We haven't talked yet," Ayo opened up. "My stand is still the same: I'm not getting him but I'm also not saying we will not get him. If he goes to us, then great. If not, then that's fine too. I'm not chasing them."