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Adamson recruits Filipino-Māori prospect Mikara Nepe

Adamson head coach Nash Racela added talent to the Soaring Falcons’ pool of recruits with their successful recruitment of 6-foot-1 Filipino-Māori guard Mikara Nepe.

This development was confirmed to All-Star Magazine by Manu Hoque, Nepe’s club coach in New Zealand, and the player himself.

The 19-year-old is eligible for five playing season in the UAAP with Adamson beginning Season 87. He is already in the Philippines, training with the varsity team, and has already suited up thrice in BBI games.

Nepe, who grew up in Manurewa, Auckland, NZ, played for Sancta Maria College high school and averaged 18 points a contest in his senior season. He was born and raised in New Zealand by a Maori father and Cebuana mother.

He also suited up for Pinoy Mavs and Fil-Nation NZ in the NBTC where he caught the interest of coaches.

“He’s a two-guard,” Hoque said about his prospect. “Volume scorer, strong physically, can shoot the three, and finish at the rim. Plays similar to LJ Gonzales.”

Why did Nepe join Adamson? “I wanted to experience and develop my basketball skills here in Phillippines,” he said in an exclusive interview. “The Adamson falcons are really friendly and welcoming as I felt at home with them.”

Nepe says he’s a coachable player who is willing to make changes to his game for the betterment of his team.

“For now, I can contribute my three-point shooting ability and being a team player. I have a winning mentality and will always give my best efforts in every minute I play,” he guaranteed.

Like most players from outside the country, Nepe will have to adjust to the physical style of play in the Philippines.

“The biggest adjustments I need to make is being more physical and being smarter on taking care of the ball.”

Following a tough offseason where they were unable to recruit their high school standouts, Adamson is beginning to buff up their talented prospects to keep competing for the Final Four.

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