LA Salle head coach Aldin Ayo has nothing but praises for Ricci Rivero after seeing the high school standout join a few practices of the Green Archers following his stint with La Salle Greenhills.
“Nag-eensayo na rin siya sa free time niya. Maganda rin pinapakita ng bata,” Ayo said in describing Rivero, one of the blue-chip high school prospects, to reporters after the Collegiate Basketball Awards.
The younger Rivero, who could join his older brother Prince should he commit to the Green Archers, had an impressive Season 91 with the Junior Blazers that saw him average 25.41 points, 8.76 rebounds, 2.76 assists, and 1.88 blocks.
But despite his impressive numbers, Rivero was disqualified for winning a major individual award after being ejected from a game last year.
While the 17-year-old remains uncertain whether to commit to La Salle or play college ball overseas, Ayo revealed that he shared a key advice to Rivero on how to make a smooth transition from high school to the college game.
“Kinausap ko siya kanina, sabi ko, siyempre magaling siya nung high school pero ang importante sa kanya is ‘yung adjustment sa college. Kung makakapag-adjust, mapapakinabangan siya,” said Ayo.
Wherever the young star chooses to play, Ayo remains a fan and likes Rivero's potential.
“Parang Jerick Balanza ‘yun eh,” said Ayo, referring to his former player at Letran during his time as Knights head coach.