Jonnel Policarpio Opts Out of Green Archers Lineup: A Mutual Decision for Family Support

Jonnel Policarpio Opts Out of Green Archers Lineup: A Mutual Decision for Family Support

In a significant development for the De La Salle University basketball program, it has been confirmed that Jonnel Policarpio is no longer part of the Green Archers lineup. The decision, described as mutual by both parties, stems from Policarpio’s desire to provide financial assistance to his family, according to sources close to the situation.

News of Policarpio’s departure was first reported by Rappler’s Naveen Ganglani and has since been corroborated by multiple sources familiar with the matter. The 21-year-old forward’s decision to step away from the team leaves a noticeable void in the Green Archers’ lineup, given his solid contributions during UAAP Season 86.

Policarpio’s departure comes after a season where he showcased his versatility and talent on the court, averaging 6.69 points, 4.63 rebounds, and 2.19 assists per game. Standing at 6-foot-5, Policarpio emerged as a key player for La Salle, embodying the qualities of an all-around forward.

While discussions are ongoing regarding the possibility of Policarpio’s return to the team, his absence will undoubtedly be felt by the Green Archers as they prepare for future competitions. The departure of Policarpio adds to the list of players who concluded their final playing years with La Salle last season, including Evan Nelle, Mark Nonoy, Ben Phillips, Ef Escandor, and Joaqui Manuel.

In light of his departure from La Salle, speculation arises regarding Policarpio’s future endeavors in the realm of Philippine basketball. With options including a potential stint in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) with teams like San Juan or Pampanga, Policarpio’s talent is likely to attract interest from various quarters.

Moreover, the possibility of a return to his alma mater, Mapua University, or a venture into collegiate basketball with institutions like Letran College could materialize. Policarpio’s decision to prioritize family needs underscores the profound impact of personal circumstances on athletes’ career trajectories, highlighting the importance of support systems both on and off the court.