AFTER the Teng brothers, another sibling rivalry in the UAAP could be in the works.
A bid by University of the Philippines to pry away Thirdy Ravena from Ateneo could put the reigning UAAP juniors MVP in a collision course with older brother Kiefer in the coming collegiate basketball wars.
A source said UP officials have already made a pitch to the Ravenas' parents Bong and Mozzie for Thirdy, who is at the top of the ‘wish list’ of the Maroons in their bid to end years of futility in the UAAP.
Thirdy's move to UP isn’t entirely far-fetched, a source said, considering telecommunications magnate and top Ateneo backer Manny V. Pangilinan is set to throw his support behind the Maroons program as early as next season.
Pangilinan was already instrumental in the renovation of Balay Atleta, a dormitory for female athletes of UP, early this year.
MVP, according to sources, is also supporting the bid of Allan Gregorio to become the Maroons' next head coach. Gregorio is one of the candidates for the UP coaching job along with incumbent Rey Madrid and Big Chill coach Robert Sison.
During the UAAP finals series which the Blue Eaglets lost to the National University Bullpups, Thirdy was non-committal on his college plans although he indicated that he is open to joining his brother Kiefer in the Ateneo seniors squad next year.
However, moving to a different school will require Thirdy to sit out for two years due to the controversial residency rule for high school graduates transferring to a different UAAP member school, unless he gets a release from Ateneo.
Still, basketball analysts believe a move to another school may do good for the younger Ravena than staying at Ateneo where he will have to compete for minutes behind several players including Kiefer, who has two more years of college eligibility left.
A sibling rivalry became the compelling storyline in the last UAAP season when Jeron Teng led De La Salle to the championship by beating University of Santo Tomas and his older brother Jeric in the finals.
After the final series, the Teng brothers also enjoyed immense popularity outside the court with several television appearances and endorsement deals.
However, Ateneo surely won't relish losing Thirdy to another school, more so since a Ravena partnership should go a long way in reviving the multi-titled team's fortunes after missing the Final Four last season.