Napalang, Jumao-as, and Four More Commit to Letran

By: Romwel Anzures
May 20, 2023

Coach Rensy Bajar (Middle) with the committed Letran Knights recruits. Photo courtesy of Angela Davocol.

With the departure of five of its championship players, Colegio de San Juan de Letran secured the commitment of six new players in Jonas Napalang, James Jumao-as, Shad Chang, Paolo Galvez, Ira Mañas and Nathaniel Montecillo.

"Masaya kami sa mga additions na ito. Importante sa amin na may mga bata kaming handang tumulong at makipaglaban para mag-contend pa rin kami dito sa Letran," said Knights mentor Rensy Bajar.

Napalang is the No. 24 ranked high school prospect in the 2023 NBTC, and was University of the Philippines Integrated School's second-leading scorer who averaged 16.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.2 steals in UAAP Season 85.

The 5-foot-11 guard is eligible for Season 99.

Former UST standout Jumao-as will also suit up for Letran after posting averages of 12.5 points, 3.7 boards, and 1.7 steals in the previous UAAP season.

Chang previously suited up for La Salle Zobel, Montecillo from DLSU Team B, Galvez from St. Jerome School of Novaliches, while Mañas suited up for Homegrown Australia in the 2023 NBTC.

Montecillo will be eligible to play in the league's 100th season in 2024.