IS there a design for an Ateneo Blue Eagles reunion at Meralco?
It seems things are pointing in that direction as the Bolts are set to acquire Nico Salva from reigning PBA Governors Cup champion Barangay Ginebra.
The Bolts are giving up two future draft picks in exchange for the 26-year-old Salva, who won championships in the five years he played for the Blue Eagles from 2008-2012 under coach Norman Black, the current mentor of Meralco.
With the 6-foot-4 Salva coming on board, he’ll be the fifth former Ateneo player in the team lineup along with former Rookie of the Year Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Ryan Buenafe, Justine Chua, and another Rookie of the Year winner in Chris Newsome.
Al-Hussaini, Buenafe, Chua, and Salva were all part of the Blue Eagles teams that won five successive championships in the UAAP under Black and team manager Paolo Trillo, who also holds the same role with Meralco today.
Only Newsome was unfortunate enough not to be part of the Blue Eagles champion unit as he came a season following Black’s departure from the school.
The arrival of Salva comes at a time the Bolts are coming off from their best finish ever in six seasons in the league following a runner-up finish behind the Kings during the season-ending tournament.
The two-time UAAP Finals MVP (2011 and 2012) is the second off-season acquisition for Meralco after getting gunner Joseph Yeo in a one-on-one trade with three-time slam dunk champion Rey Guevarra.