HIGH expectations are placed on Builders Warehouse-UST as it starts its run in the 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Thursday against Technological Institute of the Philippines.
UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo spearheads the Growling Tigers, who are making their return in the developmental ranks at 3 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
It's an almost intact lineup for coach Aldin Ayo as he also parades UAAP Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy and Rhenz Abando.
CJ Cansino, who missed last season's campaign as he recovers from an ACL injury, will also make his PBA D-League debut together with the Growling Tigers' bumper crop of rookies.
According to Ayo the Growling Tigers are using this tournament to develop their maturity during this offseason.
"Yun naman ang sadya namin dito sa D-League, na mas mag-mature pa ang mga players namin," said the straightforward Ayo.
The Engineers can provide a good acid test for them as coach Potit de Vera parades a dangerous crew led by Senegalese center Papa Ndiaye and forwards Bryan and Ivan Santos.