ATENEO has just secured its future in the UAAP.
The celebrated Nieto twin brothers - Mike and Matt – have decided to stay put at Ateneo and play for the Blue Eagles once their high school playing days in the UAAP is over.
No less than Ateneo team manager Epok Quimpo confirmed the development to Spin.ph, saying the Nietos twins have already committed to the team even with the Blue Eaglets still in the middle of their campaign in Season 77 of the juniors basketball tournament.
The Nieto brothers are the son of Jett Nieto, a former Blue Eagle himself who played for the school in the late 1980s.
The young Nietos are also Ateneans since grade school.
“They have been an Atenean for the longest time. They are a big plus for us,” said Quimpo of the 17-year-old twins.
Mike Nieto, an undersized big man, is actually leading the race for the Season 77 Most Valuable Player award at the end of the first round of the eliminations.
The 6-foot-2 cager posted averages of 15 points and 10.4 rebounds per outing for the Blue Eaglets after seven games.
His brother Matt, who stands 6-foot-1, posted 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.3 assists during the same stretch.
With the two leading the way, the Blue Eaglets have been on a roll, winning all eight of their games so far including a win over reigning champion National University at the end of the first round.
Recently, the Nieto brothers played for Batang Gilas in the Fiba Under-17 World Championship in Dubai where they played against the best young cagers in the world including those from the United States, which eventually won the gold medal.
Quimpo said the experience gained by the Nietos will definitely be a big help for the Blue Eagles in the future.
“First of all, they are homegrown talent. Second, not only are they champions but they were also exposed to international competition which is a big plus for any player,” said Quimpo.
“These are two legitimately young players and you can see in the future na talagang they can contribute in college because of the experience they had in international basketball,” he added.
One of the Nietos' teammates in the Fiba U-17 world meet is Jollo Go, who recently committed to join Ateneo's archrival La Salle.