This is not an official statement. But team officials have intimated to me the lowdown.
In case you are all wondering where Mark Jayven Tallo has gone, he is back home in Cebu. Tallo packed his bags and left the day after the Ateneo Blue Eagles played the Mapua Cardinals in the quarterfinals of the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.
The day before, he spoke with head coach Norman Black and expressed his unhappiness about not being able to play. Tallo wondered why Kiefer Ravena was given playing time when he was a rookie like him. Of course, Tallo himself is a talented player and the lack of playing time seemed like disrespect to him. Coach explained that there’s a system to follow and he would eventually get his time in with the team. Everyone thought that it was all right. Apparently it wasn’t.
The team officials immediately tried to get in touch with the young player from Cebu as soon as he left but it took them a few days to reply. The father says it was the son’s idea to go home. The son says it was his father’s advice.
Whatever it is, the short stint of Mark Jayven Tallo with Ateneo looks to be over. Almost immediately after news of his going back to Cebu filtered out of Katipunan, several Manila schools have asked him to play for their teams. There are UAAP and NCAA schools as well. Wherever Tallo may end up, the Ateneo Blue Eagles wish him the best. It would have been nice to have him on the team which is why he was recruited. But as in the case with Clark Bautista three years ago, some things happen.
So who will be the new addition to the Blue Eagles? No one knows yet. Let’s give it a few days. They have their team building next weekend and maybe by then we’d know.
But I have an idea who it is. My honest opinion – it’s either BJ Cipriano or Joma Adornado both who have put in their time with Ateneo Team B.