PRINCE Rivero hopes he can still get an opportunity to play one final year of college basketball after he was released by La Salle, but the UAAP rules are unclear with regards to his case.
The 23-year-old Rivero said he is open to transferring to other schools after playing for four seasons with the Green Archers in the UAAP, preferably in the NCAA.
“My option is to play NCAA or play in the semi-pro,” said Rivero.
Ricci Rivero recently moved from La Salle to University of the Philippines after two seasons with La Salle in college, but his older brother's case is a bit more complicated.
Prince may no longer have an opportunity to transfer to another UAAP school since league rules count a residency period as part of an athletes’ eligibility years.
Since Rivero has already played four seasons with La Salle, spending another year in residency will exhaust his eligibility years.
However, Rivero is hoping the UAAP can make a special exemption in his case since he didn't make the decision to leave La Salle and it was the school that let him go.
“If I stay sa UAAP, I’m not sure if I’m going to play pa but dapat kasi for me, this is what I think, if I stayed in UAAP, lumipat ako ng school, mawawalan ako ng playing year kasi the residency will be counted.
“Depende sa ruling ng UAAP. Malay mo puwede pala if hindi ako ‘yung umalis ng school, baka hindi ako ma-penalize. (La Salle) kasi ‘yung nag-let go. Dapat hindi ako ma-penalize for transferring. Hindi nila ako binigyan ng chance na maglaro sa last year ko,” said the hulking forward.
For now, Rivero said he is focused on his debut in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) with expansion team Mandaluyong as well as his stint with the Gilas Pilipinas cadets.
“As of now, I’m going to be playing with Maharlika muna tapos RP. I’ve been practicing with them (Mandaluyong),” said Rivero, who is still enrolled at La Salle and vowed to finish his studies.
“I’m looking at other options if there is a chance to go to other schools and mabigyan ako ng chance na malaro ko pa ‘yung isang year ko. Kung gusto talaga ni Lord, no problem,” said Rivero.