Sage Tolentino has something in common with Charles Barkley.
The 7-foot Maryknoll junior received a scholarship offer from Auburn, Barkley’s alma mater, on Tuesday. This is his first offer from the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Kansas offered in early July and Tennessee State also offered in late August.
“I am excited and feel so humbled to have received an offer from the SEC conference,” Tolentino said. “I have been in contact with them for awhile. Coach (Wes) Flanigan and (Head) Coach (Bruce) Pearl have been great to get to know and have become family. We talk a lot of basketball and a lot of family and food.”
Tolentino’s parents, Becky and Grant, are stoked.
“My parents just keep smiling and are beyond blessed for the continued blessings that God is graciously offering me. They continue to be at a loss for words,” he said.
Life in the Tri-States area – Hamilton, Ohio – where he is training allows Tolentino to work with elite coaches and players.
“I work out six days a week with speed and agility, strength training, on-court skills, yoga, stretching and scrimmage runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Then school from 3:30 to 9 p.m.,” he said. “It’s a sacrifice for sure, but worth it.”
Tolentino said in August that he would play for Maryknoll this season, and then play on the continent as a senior.
“Shout out to my friends and family. I just love them, and want them to always know my heart and soul are with Hawaii,” he said. “And last, but not least, my Heavenly Father for all that he has given me.”