By John Paul Salvador
Former Jose Rizal University Heavy Bomber guard Axel Doromal returns to NCAA as Arellano Chief head coach Cholo Martin welcome one of his newest recruits to Legarda Squad.
Doromal played for Ateneo de Davao University Blue Knights last year after his stint with JRU in NCAA Season 94.
With the graduation of team captain Kent Salado, Doromal will reinforce the young Arellano men’s basketball squad.
Doromal was added to AU’s roaster during the MPBL season with the help of Davao Occidental team assistant coach, Arvin Boleyon.
This development was confirmed by Arellano head coach in a phone interview with Burnsports.Ph.
Doromal will be eligible to play in NCAA Season 97 as he needs to serve a one-year residency.
“Si Axel para s’yang kapalit ni Salado, Nakita ko yung potential nya nung nasa JRU pa s’ya. Kaya nung nirekomenda s’ya sa akin, hindi na ko nagdalawang isip na kunin s’ya sa Davao.”
Coach Cholo had nothing but praise for the 21-year-old who recently awarded as the Finals MVP in LYR Cup in Digos City.
“Looking forward kami na sana mabackup-an nya mga seniors ko, like sila Justin Arana,” added Martin, whose roster for Season 96 is already loaded after revealing that there is another Davaoeño to suit up with Arellano.
Axel Doromal assured the AU community that his come back to the NCAA will be a better version of himself.
“Grabe yung tiwala sakin nila coach (Cholo), I really looked up to him (Kent Salado), I will do my part kung ano man ipapagawa ng mga coaches sa akin. I’ll double my effort to bring honor sa school and sa mga coaches.”
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