University of the Philippines (UP) continued to pad its core for the future by securing a commitment from University of Visayas (UV) star Jancork Cabahug.
The development, first reported by SunStar Cebu, was confirmed by head coach Bo Perasol to ESPN5.com.
"Jancork already committed to play for UP. He is going to be a great addition for our program," he said in a text message.
Upon his transfer, Cabahug will sit out UAAP Season 83 for residency purposes and is eligible to play for three more years, according to Perasol.
Cabahug was part of UV's championship teams in the 2017 and 2018 CESAFI seasons and became an integral part of the Green Lancers' third-place finish in the rescheduled 2019 Philippine Collegiate Champions (PCCL) season last February.
Incidentally, it was the Fighting Maroons that the 6-foot-3 forward and the UV Green Lancers had to dispatch on their way to a podium finish. In the bronze medal game, Cabahug scored a game-high 21 points on 4-for-4 shooting from long range to lead his side to a 93-63 blowout win.
"I was impressed with how he handled himself during that Final Four stage in the PCCL," said Perasol. "He is going to be part of that new blood which we are trying to integrate in our program."
Cabahug is the latest coup by the loaded Fighting Maroons, which had earlier recruited former Gilas Youth member and La Salle Greenhills scorer RC Calimag, CEU star Malick Diouf, Filipino-Canadians Anton Eusebio and Alonzo Tan, Fil-Am point guard Sam Dowd, La Salle guard Joel Cagulangan, Xavier school center Miguel Tan, and Fil-Australian big man Ethan Kirkness.
Perasol, though, said the team still has a few more talents on their radar.
"We are always looking to bolster our lineup. Whatever will make us better, we will always aspire to get done," he said.