It’s not just University of the Philippines’ Men’s Basketball Team that is making big moves in the off-season.
The school’s women’s basketball team has scored its biggest recruit in recent memory after securing the commitment of Gilas Girls standout Louna Ozar.
Louna’s father Leo confirmed the development to Midlife Halftime’s Ariel Clarito.
“She first dreamed of playing for Gilas in the FIBA Asia tournament,” said Leo, who hails from Agoho, Camiguin but now lives in Willems, Nord.
“Now, she committed to UP because it’s a really good school.”
Louna, 18, is definitely one of the top young Filipina prospects abroad.
She was part of the youth team of ESB Villeneuve-d’Ascq.
The 5-foot-8 guard also dazzled in her Gilas debut, averaging 11.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 2.0 assists in five games played.
Gilas Women’s program director and head coach Patrick Aquino could not help but be happy that Louna chose his alma mater.
“I’m very happy because I’m an alumnus of UP, and having a caliber athlete like her will uplift the level of UP,” said Aquino.
“Louna is an exceptional player and I am looking forward to watching her in the UAAP.”
The Fighting Maroons have yet to make the Final Four since UAAP Season 71.
And Louna, who will be eligible for Season 86, knows that there will be pressure on her to lead UP. And it’s something that she embraces.
“She is excited, but her big challenge is to make it to the final four,” said Leo.