Incoming third-year guard CJ Cansino is set to leave the UST Growling Tigers, a source confirmed to ESPN5. Cansino was a product of the Tiger Cubs program, averaging 24.6 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.4 steals in 2018 en route to the UAAP Season 80 Juniors MVP award.
He then decided to remain in España under the tutelage of titled coach Aldin Ayo, where he contributed an average of 12.8 points, 10.3 boards, and 3.6 assists in his rookie season.
Cansino's great rookie campaign had a bitter end when he tore his ACL in UST's final elimination game. He eventually finished runner up to Ateneo's Ange Kouame in the Rookie of the Year honors.
The swingman saw significant dips in his averages for Season 82, but as skipper, Cansino contributed 5.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists during the Tigers' run to the finals.
UST still has reigning MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo, top rookie Mark Nonoy, and Rhenz Abando to lean on.
Following the transfer, the 6-foot-2 Cansino will be redshirted for one year and will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with Season 84.
Players from rival college programs took to social media to recruit Cansino.
One of the first to send an invitation were players from the De La Salle Green Archers, UST's biggest rival in the UAAP. Players such as Season 82 team captain Andrei Caracut, transferee Evan Nelle, and Aljun Melecio went on a concerted effort to showcase their sprawling campus on Taft Avenue.