The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons added another highly-coveted prospect to an already bountiful haul this UAAP offseason by securing the commitment of Gilas Youth and Nazareth School of National University standout Terrence Fortea.
Fortea, who confirmed the development Monday, described the jump to the Fighting Maroons camp as a difficult decision.
"It really took me a couple of months to make a decision," he told ESPN5.com in Filipino. "We all know UP is UP, especially in academics, and I just really want to help bring back that winning tradition to the university."
In his transfer to UP, Fortea will be reunited with former Nazareth School star teammates Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano. He will also be eligible immediately once Season 84 begins.
"It makes sense for Terrence to want to play alongside his former teammates," said UP coach Bo Perasol. "We are all hoping that they could carry with them the championship spirit that they have."
The 19-year-old guard was an integral piece for an NU school that clinched a second consecutive title in the juniors ranks last year.
In 16 games during UAAP Season 82, Fortea topped the Bullpups in scoring and posted 15.4 points on 36.8 percent shooting, 2.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 24.2 minutes per contest.
Fortea also has vast experience internationally and has played for the Philippines in the 2018 FIBA Under-16 Asia Cup, the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup, and the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, as well as the 2019 FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup.