TROY Rike is set to team up with Joshua Munzon and Kib Montalbo as he bolsters AMA Online Education in the 2019 PBA D-League season.
The former National University slotman has come to terms with the Titans as the squad added more talent to their roster after futile campaigns in the past two seasons.
Rike, 23, was picked fourth by Wangs Basketball in the 2018 PBA D-League Draft, but failed to reach an agreement with the Couriers that led to his signing with AMA.
The 6-foot-8 center is excited on what the future holds for him and the Titans.
"We have a strong squad," he said. "I just want us to win. I can honestly say that I don't think about stats or I need to get mine. All I want for us is to win and I think everything will take care of itself."
Rike is set to link up with hardworking bruiser Andre Paras up front for AMA, a partnership which he feels can do wonders this season.
"It's crazy. I know his brother and I played with him a couple times. But he's a really nice guy, crazy athletic," he said. "No disrespect to Andre but when you walk in, he doesn't look like the most athletic guy in the world. But when you get in there, you see what he's doing, you can tell he's really a good player and I'm excited to play with him."
With his arrival, Rike knows that the pressure is on for the Titans to reach the semifinals for the first time in franchise history, one which he feels is doable despite the stiff competition that awaits in the 20-team field.
"It's kind of cool to be a part of history and to be a part of something new. So knowing they haven't been there before and knowing that we have the talent to be able do it, that's a goal for us and we hope to make the team proud," he said.