The De La Salle Green Archers have bolstered their lineup for the upcoming 82nd season of the UAAP by reportedly recruiting three Filipino-foreigners.
Keyshawn Evans of Illinois State University Red Birds, Jamie Orme of Portland State University Vikings, and James Laput out of Young Harris College Mountain Lions are set to suit up for next season while completing their master's degree in La Salle.
This development was first reported by Matthew Li of Tiebreaker Times and was confirmed to ESPN5 by a DLSU source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Evans, a 6-foot guard posted a career average 8.5 points, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 rebounds in four years for the Red Birds. He had his best season in his junior year, putting up 15.2 points.
Filling in the forward position is 6-foot-7 Orme who had a successful two-year stint with the Vikings. In his first year as a junior, he had quiet outings of 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds before breaking out in his senior year with 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 26 starts.
The Green Archers will also have the services of 6-foot-9, 245-pound Laput, a Filipino-Australian, in the middle. In Laput's four-year career at Young Harris College, he totaled 21 points and 38 rebounds in 14 games, including four starts. Laput will look to fill the void left by the departure of Kiwi reinforcement Taane Samuel.
Evans, Orme, and Laput will play one year as La Salle will utilize the Troy Rike rule which allows graduate players from non-UAAP schools to suit up for a single season. Rike played for the NU Bulldogs last year after completing after four years at Wake Forest University.
Aside from the three, La Salle will also boast 6-foot-5 Filipino-American swingman Andrew Singson. Singson, who hails from Rockridge High School, played for the FilAm Sports USA in the 2018 NBTC National Finals. The Green Archers will also have LSGH standouts Joshua David and Season 94 Juniors MVP Joel Cagulangan for next year.
La Salle finished with a respectable 8-6 record but lost in the fourth-seed playoff bout against the FEU Tamaraws.