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Dave Ildefonso to make Ateneo return

Dave Ildefonso is returning to Ateneo after playing two years with National University, he announced on Instagram on Monday.

"I have made the decision to return to Ateneo to continue my basketball journey. My biggest basketball dream has always been to represent the country in major international meets and I feel that this is the best path to that fulfillment of my dream," Ildefonso said.

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Before I start, I would like to thank first and foremost Sir Manny Sy and Sir Hans Sy for all the support they gave me throughout my stay in NU. I would also like to thank the NU community for welcoming me with open arms and for allowing me to represent the school. A big part of my heart will always belong to the Bulldogs and the NU supporters who were with me and the team through the toughest of times. It's never goodbye. No matter where my basketball journey takes me, I will always carry with me the memories and lessons that I gathered while wearing the NU jersey. NU will always be a part of the person that I will become. I have made the decision to return to Ateneo to continue my basketball journey. My biggest basketball dream has always been to represent the country in major international meets and I feel that this is the best path to that fulfillment of my dream. Again, thank you all for your undying support and understanding.

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After capturing the UAAP Season 80 juniors title alongside Kai Sotto with the Blue Eaglets, Ildefonso joined the Bulldogs, who at the time already had his brother Shaun and family patriarch Danny in the fold.

Ildefonso starred in a featured role on offense and even averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in Season 82, but that wasn't enough to get National University over the hump. The Bulldogs missed the Final Four in the two seasons he played for them.

"I would like to thank first and foremost sir Manny Sy and sir Hans Sy for all the support they gave me throughout my stay in NU. I would also like to thank the NU community for welcoming me with open arms and for allowing me to represent the school," he added. "A big part of my heart will always belong to the Bulldogs and the NU supporters who were with me and the team through the toughest of times."

Under UAAP rules, Ildefonso -- who still has three playing years left -- will have to sit out one year and will only become eligible to suit up for the Blue Eagles in Season 84.

"It's never goodbye. No matter where my basketball journey takes me, I will always carry with me the memories and lessons that I gathered while wearing the NU jersey. NU will always be a part of the person that I will become," added Ildefonso.