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UST center Bismarck Lina 'in talks' with UP for possible transfer

John Bismarck Lina (#7) suited up for the UST Tiger Cubs in UAAP Season 82. UAAP

Is Bismarck Lina the next to leave the Tigers' lair?

Former UST Tiger Cub and Growling Tigers commit Bismarck Lina is in talks for a possible transfer to the UP Fighting Maroons, sources told ESPN5 Wednesday afternoon.

According to one of the sources, talks remain exploratory since Lina cannot play in UAAP Season 83, for the enrollment period for this school year has already closed.

"Our (UP's) managers are already in talks with him, but we're still in discussion since he can play come Season 84," said the source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitive topic.

Lina starred for UST High and posted averages of 16.6 points, 10.9 points, and 2.1 assists in his final juniors season. He also suited up for the Gilas Youth squad in the FIBA Asia U18 Championship in 2018.

If the 6'4 bruiser follows through with his transfer, he will enjoy a maximum of five years for the Maroons and will debut in Season 84, along with CJ Cansino, Malick Diouf, Jancork Cabahug and Joel Cagulangan.

Among those who have already exited UST are Cansino, who was the first to leave and moved to UP; Rhenz Abando, Brent Paraiso, and Ira Bataller, who have transferred Letran; Jun Asuncion, who went to MapĂșa; and the tandem of Mark Nonoy and Deo Cuajao, who both transferred to La Salle.