La Salle one of top options for high school standout Ricci Rivero in college
Ricci Rivero ends his high school career in disappointment after La Salle Greenhills lost to Arellano, 75-74, in the stepladder playoffs of NCAA Season 91 juniors basketball tournament. Reuben Terrado

RICCI Rivero may not has not committed yet to any college team, but admitted De La Salle is one of the top options he is looking following the end of his high school career on Friday.

The 17-year-old Rivero ended his junior playing years in disappointment as La Salle Greenhills lost to Arellano, 74-75, in the first stepladder playoffs in the NCAA Season 91 juniors basketball.

Despite the early exit, Rivero’s future looks bright as the 6-foot-1 wingman proved he is one of the marquee high school prospects in Manila.

Rivero told Spin.ph on Friday he is keeping his options open, reason why he hasn’t committed yet to any school. But he disclosed La Salle is one of those being considered where his older brother Prince is currently playing.

“Kasi for me, ‘yung top schools FEU (Far Eastern University), La Salle, NU (National University), Ateneo,” Rivero said.

“Pero andito na ako sa La Salle eh,” said Rivero. “Pero let’s see. Pero as of now, wala pa.”

Rivero capped off the elimination round of Season 91 by averaging 25.41 points, 8.76 rebounds, 2.76 assists, 2.41 steals, and 1.88 blocks for the Greenies, although the star player was disqualified from winning the Most Valuable Player award after being ejected from a game earlier in the season.

Rivero said he is grateful for his wonderful experience playing for La Salle in high school.

“I started first year high school sa La Salle. I started playing here. I’ve learned a lot. I want to thank the La Salle community, to the coaches, and also to God for supporting me,” he said.

As to the game, Rivero took responsibility for the loss. With the Junior Blazers down by one, he failed to hoist a shot as he decided to pass off to an open teammate, who missed the supposed to be game-winning jumper.

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Rivero finished with 31 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and five blocks to cap his junior playing stint.

“I’m taking the responsibility… Tingin ko mas open ‘yung teammate ko kaya ko shinare ‘yung bola. Hindi ko inexpect na ganun ang mangyayari. Actually, it’s a learning experience for me,” he said.

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