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AVO foregoes final year. Wanted: Big Man for the Green Archers

It has been reported that Arnold Van Opstal will not be playing this coming UAAP Season to rehabilitate his foot injury.

He also confirmed this in his Instagram post. He no longer plans to return to the team as he intends to turn pro next year.

Last season, Van Opstal averaged close to 8 points and 6 rebounds in 13 games. He did not play in the PCCL late last year and suited up for just a few games in the Filoil tournament this summer. He played a total of 4 years with the Green Archers, with 2013 being his best year where he was adjudged most improved player.

With this development, along with Ben Mbala’s eligibility status still up in the air, the team suddenly is without a legit center. At this point,  the state of the Green Archers’ frontcourt will rest largely on 6’4 guys Jason Perkins, Prince Rivero and Abu Tratter. The team also has rookie bigs in Larry Muyang, John Gob and Daryl Pascual, all standing 6’5 but it remains to be seen if they can be able to make an immediate impact in their first year. Due to lack of post presence, expect the team to run an up-tempo guard/wing offense.

Just when the Green Archers have addressed their backcourt depth concerns from last year, there is a dire need for bigs this time around.