UNIVERSITY of the Philippines has lost one prized recruit in Fil-Australian Ethan Kirkness.
That’s just fine with Fighting Maroons coach Bo Perasol, who confirmed the 6-foot-10 former Batang Gilas Youth prospect left UP late last year and returned home to Australia.
“I believe Ethan and his family had decided to forego his playing opportunity here in the Philippines based on what is best for him,” Perasol told Malaya-Business Insight.
“This pandemic has brought a lot of realizations not only for Ethan but for most of us as well,” he added.
Kirkness, 19, committed to UP in 2019 and was eligible to suit up in the UAAP 83rd season.
However, with the country’s COVID-19 pandemic woes having no end in sight, the league called off its 83rd season last December.
The UAAP is now eyeing a September opening this year for its 84th season should the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases give the green light.
“We wish Ethan the best in his future endeavors,” Perasol said.
Former Nazareth School of National University standouts Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano, La Salle Greenhills gunner RC Calimag, Xavier’s Miguel Tan, Fil-Am guard Sam Dowd, Fil-Canadians Alonso Tan and Anton Eusebio are the big additions to UP.