James Kwekuteye remains unsure of his future with San Beda University.
Kwekuteye, 24, signed with ASEAN Basketball League club team Zamboanga Valientes.
But according to the San Beda senior, he will avail of a special guest license from the Games and Amusements Board to keep his amateur status.
“Actually, I’m gonna test the waters in the ABL League, and then after we’ll see – we never know,” said Kwekuteye, a two-time All-NCAA team member after averaging 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.3 steals this season.
“My options are open, so you’ll never know – we’ll see.”
Kwekuteye bared that he was not able to talk to Red Lions head coach Yuri Escueta regarding his decision to play in the ABL.
“No I never talked about it to him, but I showed it like… Some teams are interested in me playing, and then he said, ‘It’s up to you. I’ll support you no matter what your decision is’,” he shared with Tiebreaker Times.
If he does not come back, Kwekuteye is confident that he is leaving the Red Lions in good hands.
After all, young guns like Jacob Cortez, Tony Ynot, Yukien Andrada, and Justine Sanchez have stepped up during NCAA Season 98.
“Honestly, San Beda is still capable of you know… [winning the championship]. Like, we still have a long way to go like us players,” he said.
“We’re a young team, so we have a long way to go. So, I’m sure we’ll do well actually.”
But if he does return, Kwekuteye vowed that it will be “a different story.”