2 promising Pinoys get US NCAA offers

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    SAGE Tolentino and Cholo Anonuevo, two Filipino young guns toughening up via East West Private, the same agency that handles 7-foot-2 center Kai Sotto, in Ohio, have received offers to suit up for US NCAA Division I school Tennessee State University.

    The 7-foot Tolentino, a Gilas Pilipinas prospect, and the 6-foot-4 forward Anonuevo bared yesterday that Tigers coach Penny Collins personally reached out to them.

    “I am honored to have received an offer to play, think and serve under his leadership there,” Anonuevo said on his Instagram account.

    “Thank you for the opportunity coach. All the Glory to God,” he added.

    Tolentino, 16, averaged 13.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks last season in leading Maryknoll High School to back-to-back State Championships in Hawaii.

    Kentucky, Kansas, and Auburn have also expressed interest in Tolentino.

    Anonuevo, a former Far Eastern University-Diliman high school standout, was good for 9.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his swan song with the Baby Tamaraws in the last UAAP juniors’ cage wars.

    Before heading to the US, the Ireland-born Anonuevo said he remains ready and willing to play for the Tamaraws in seniors’ play under coach Olsen Racela. Anonuevo’s mother is related to the wife of FEU consultant Nash Racela.

    Tennessee State plays in the Ohio Valley Conference and has won three national titles.

    In the 2020 season, the Tigers wound up fifth with a 9-9 card and reached the quarterfinals playoffs, where they lost to Eastern Kentucky.