Adamson has signed Ateneo Blue Eaglets team captain Joaquin Jaymalin, Falcons assistant coach Don Allado said on Sunday.
Jaymalin, who was primarily a shooter for the Blue Eaglets, averaged 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 21 minutes per game in UAAP Season 82 and will be eligible to play right away for head coach Franz Pumaren and the Falcons next season.
Multi titled Head Coach Franz Pumaren of ADU was able to get Ateneo High School Team Captain JOAQUIN JAYMALIN to commit to the program. Welcome to the soaring FALCONS! #unawakanahinmo pic.twitter.com/CQ0QJaUZiC— Don C Allado (@alotofDON) July 19, 2020
"I'm happy to be given the opportunity to play for the Adamson Falcons and be coached by Coach Franz," Jaymalin told ESPN5.com's Carlo Pamintuan. "... I can feel the opportunity that the Adamson coaches are giving me. I also think it would really help me reach my dreams and help me develop as a player and as a person."
Jaymalin made 23 3-pointers on 106 attempts last season -- the second-highest among all Blue Eaglets players -- but Pumaren said he won't limit his new recruit to a single role.
"We are confident that we can make him a better player," Pumaren said. "It's all up to him to prove to us that he can contribute. It's not all about scoring. There are several factors a player can help us [with].
"One thing's for sure: The kid can shoot and has good range. The advantage right now because of the situation is we can train him and he can adjust to our system."
Jaymalin said he's looking to polish other facets of his game in preparation for next season.
"I want to improve my dribbling because that's going to help me drive to the basket better and so I don't become just a one-dimensional player. I also want to work on my defense," he said.
The 6-foot-1 swingman is also the third recruit Adamson has landed in the offseason after the university successfully brought in guards Jhon Calisay and RV Yanes from the Technological Institute of the Philippines. Pumaren, however, said they're not done bolstering their roster yet.
ESPN5's Carlo Pamintuan contributed to this report.