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Holy Child’s Cuajao commits to UST

June 07, 2019 - Friday 12:06 AM by Daniel Joaquin, Romeo Braceros

Article Banner Image Vince Petdeo Cuajao attempts to dunk the ball during a game against BARMAA in the 2019 Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Koii Canarias

Another basketball star from Mindanao is set to bring his talents to Manila.

Vince Petdeo Cuajao, a 6’1” guard originally hailing from Midsayap, North Cotabato, has committed to play for the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

The athletic guard coming from the same hometown as Blackwater Elite star Mac Belo became popular in Davao City after showcasing his talents as one of Holy Child College of Davao’s key players.

News of Cuajao’s commitment to UST broke after head coach Aldin Ayo posted a tweet Thursday afternoon containing photos of the two of them posing with the prestigious college in the background.

Reports say that Cuajao chose UST over another UAAP school and two NCAA schools.

Cuajao, 18 became one of the most sought-after basketball prospects in Mindanao after he scored 41 points against Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) in the Davao City finals of the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) league earlier this year.

He also played for home team Davao Region, which saw a quarterfinal finish in the 2019 Palarong Pambansa.

Cuajao seems to have a bright future in UST under the supervision of an experienced coach who has helped De La Salle University (DLSU) and Colegio de San Juan de Letran win championships in the UAAP and NCAA, respectively.

The Davaoeño is expected to complement the playing styles of UST high school standout Mark Nonoy and recovering star CJ Cansino.