TIP star joins Tams

ANOTHER standout from the now disbanded Technological Institute of the Philippines men's basketball program is headed to the UAAP.

Far Eastern University has recently picked up athletic forward Ximone Sandagon for its future campaigns.

Sandagon will be a welcome addition for the Tamaraws come Season 84, as Fil-Kiwi Ken Tuffin and Brandrey Bienes have already graduated by then.

“Ximone has already committed to FEU. He will sit out one year and will have three years of eligibility,” said coach Olsen Racela.

Only 21 years old, the  6-foot-4 Sandagon showcased his versatility on both ends while playing for the Engineers in the PBA D-League and in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League.

“FEU has always been on the lookout for long, athletic, and versatile players like Ximone. We recruited him because we needed help at the four-spot since KT and Rey will be playing their final year,” said Racela.

Sandagon’s teammates Bryan and Ivan Santos has already committed to University of Santo Tomas last May.

Seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, TIP has suspended the operations of the school’s athletics program as a cost-cutting measure due to the decrease of enrollees and the lack of sporting events for the foreseeable future.  The Engineers last played in the PBA D-League which was halted last March due to the coronavirus crisis.

School teams looking for big men can also take a look of Senegal's Papa Ndiaye, who at 6-foot-8 is an outstanding rebounder and defender for TIP.

The Engineers' backcourt pair of Christian Daguro and Gc Carurucan, on the other hand, are solid guards.

"They are all commendable," said TIP coach Potit de Vera.