Ateneo ace LeBron Lopez leaves to train in the US

Ateneo Blue Eaglets forward LeBron Lopez is heading to the United States to seek greener pastures. (The UAAP photo)

Ateneo Blue Eaglets forward LeBron Lopez has flown the coop and is signing with East West Private in a bid to improve his game and attain better basketball opportunities in the United States.

The 16-year Lopez is joining the same company that has already helped 7-foot-2 Filipino center Kai Sotto train at the The Skills Factory and eventually make it to the NBA G League where he will be teaming up with another Filipino-American stalwart in Jalen Green.

Recently, Far Eastern University ace Cholo Anonuevo and Filipino-American Sage Tolentino have also signed up with the firm and train in Cincinnati.

The 6-foot-5 Lopez didn’t take long to assert himself in the UAAP where he averaged 16.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks during his rookie year to lead the Blue Eaglets to a fourth place finish. That all-around performance earned Lopez a spot on the Mythical Five team.

It remains to be seen whether Lopez will be returning to Ateneo or not. (JNP)


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