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Mason Amos chooses La Salle over Ateneo for next UAAP chapter

After one year at Ateneo de Manila University, Mason Amos is making a move.

The 6-foot-7 all-around forward is set to transfer to De La Salle University.

La Salle is where his heart really is.

Amos revealed that he nearly joined the Green Archers last year but had committed to the Blue Eagles, a promise he felt obligated to fulfill.

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“My family and I were already considering La Salle during my senior year, but I am a man of my word,” he recalled, referring to his commitment to Ateneo made in the summer of 2022.

“I have no regrets about choosing Ateneo. I cherish all the memories, friends, and family I gained there.”

During his rookie season with the Blue Eagles, Amos averaged 8.87 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

“I learned a lot under Coach Tab (Baldwin). My decision to transfer is purely for my personal growth, and I believe La Salle is the best fit for me moving forward,” said the 19-year-old sophomore.

Amos described the recent weeks as ‘fluid’ since arriving back in the country for Gilas Men’s campaign in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

His meeting with former Green Archer and current San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora was pivotal in shaping his decision.

“Talking to Mayor Francis, he shared his experiences during his time at La Salle. We had a really good talk, and it helped me decide where I want to be in the next couple of years,” he said.

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However, it remains unclear whether his transfer will reduce his remaining years of eligibility from three to two, per UAAP rules on transfers.

For Amos, the duration of his stay at Taft Avenue isn’t a concern.

“Whether it’s three or two years, I’m not really thinking about it. What matters is creating memories at La Salle, possibly winning a championship, and continuing to grow as a better person,” he emphasized.

Despite his transfer to Ateneo’s arch-rival, Amos emphasized that he holds no grudges against them, just memories and learnings.

“My time at Ateneo was invaluable, filled with growth and cherished memories. Now, I look forward to embracing the opportunities at La Salle and contributing to their success.”

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Lorenzo's a frustrated author who knows a thing or two about Football and Basketball. Went all green from Ortigas to Taft. Supports Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and the Alaska Aces

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