Adamson University now has a backcourt-mate for Jerrick Ahanmisi in his final year.
Ateneo High’s three-point specialist Joaquin Jaymalin has decided to join the Soaring Falcons.
The development was announced by assistant coach Don Allado and head coach Franz Pumaren.
“I guess after weighing all his options, the best decision he came about was play for us,” said Pumaren.
Pumaren has high expectations for the one-time UAAP High School Boys’ Basketball champion, guaranteeing that he will play major minutes come the UAAP Season 83 tournament.
“Jaymalin will be a big factor, and he has surprised me so far.
“He is quite big for his position. The way I project it, he will still grow to six-foot-two, to six-foot-three. He will probably play major minutes with us in his rookie year,” Pumaren said about the 6-foot-1 swingman.
During the UAAP Season 82 tournament, Jaymalin posted numbers of 6.2 points on 25-percent shooting from the field, 21.7-percent from downtown. He knocked down 23 of his 106 attempts from deep.
“I’ve been following his career and I watched him play last season as well. I think he will be a big asset for a team.”
Besides Jaymalin, Adamson also got two former Technological Institute of the Philippines Engineers in six-foot-two guard Jhon Calisay and 6-foot-4 combo guard RV Yanes. Calisay is 19 years old, while Yanes is 20.
“I think they are perfect for my system. They will surely help us once they are eligible to play,” Pumaren remarked about Calisay and Yanes.
“At six-foot-four, we used to use Yanes as a two and even a one,” shared TIP head coach Potit De Vera.
Pumaren revealed that they are looking to add two more standouts to their squad, as they aim to reenter the Final Four after missing the boat in Season 82.
“We are right there and right now. The transition is intact and they are big additions for us.”