After his departure from the De La Salle University Green Archers, basketball star Ricci Rivero will be joining the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons.
This was confirmed by the Gilas Pilipinas cadet himself through a post in his Twitter account on May 18, and through a picture of him wearing a white UP shirt.
Last April, Rivero announced that he is leaving the Taft-based squad, after two years of playing with their men’s basketball team.
Before confirming his exit from the Green Archers, Rivero, along with his older brother Prince Rivero and teammate Brent Paraiso were suspended from the team due to their endorsement deals, which violated the new rules of the Green Archers.
In his last season with the DLSU, the younger Rivero averaged 13.8 points, 5.3 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 steals.
In a statement, Rivero revealed that he consulted with his family, friends, and his fellow Gilas cadets before deciding to join the Diliman-based basketball team.
The UAAP star also added that his Gilas teammates ‘were raving about how supportive the UP community was of the UP Maroons’.
“They told me that UP Maroons fans were crazy about the team and were there for them, win or lose. I saw that, too, when I played against them; sobrang ingay ng mga taga UP; di mo alam kung lamang sila ng sampu o lamang ang kalaban nila ng sampu,” Rivero said.
Rivero is currently part of the Gilas Cadets line-up in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup, and he is playing alongside three UP Maroons: Paul Desiderio, Juan Gomez De Liano, and Will Gozum.
Meanwhile, per UAAP rules, Rivero will not be seeing action in the collegiate league’s next basketball season since he needs to complete a one-year residency with UP Diliman.