ANOTHER brother tandem is beginning to take shape in the UAAP as Rivero siblings Prince and Rasheed eye a place in the De La Salle Green Archers' lineup next season.
Prince, the reigning NCAA MVP who has committed to joining the Green Archers next season, disclosed that brother and La Salle Greenhills teammate Rasheed will study at the Taft-based school for college although he still has to go through tryouts for La Salle’s Team B.
“We are both going to La Salle,” said the elder Rivero. “My brother is still trying out for Team B. Maybe some other year, we can be together. Hopefully, makapasok siya.”
If Rasheed won’t make it, Prince still has another brother in Ricci who could crack La Salle’s lineup. The younger Ricci, though, is still playing for the Junior Blazers in the NCAA.
The three brothers actually played together in the recent Season 89 of the country’s oldest collegiate league, with Ricci averaging five points in 12 games and playing behind celebrated teammate Kobe Paras.
If the Riveros managed to crack the De la Salle lineup, they will mirror the feat of Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, who are set to play together for the Ateneo Blue Eagles after Kiefer’s younger brother opted to stay at Katipunan after a sensational senior year with the Blue Eaglets last season.
For now, Prince will be the lone Rivero for the Green Archers as he takes his act to the UAAP following a stellar final season in the NCAA that saw him average 22.8 points and 16.4 rebounds for La Salle Greenhills.
But the monster numbers and his stint with the national team during the Fiba U-18 3x3 World Championship has brought about heightened expectations as Prince himself admitted feeling a lot of pressure on his shoulders right on his rookie season.
“Definitely may pressure,” Prince shared to Spin.ph. “Sobra po. Pero sabi nga, if you work hard on something, it will pay off. I need to work hard sa offseason para may ma-harvest ako na maganda (para sa season).”
Prince has already attended several practices of the Green Archers starting late January.
“It was very tiring because conditioning practice for two weeks,” Rivero said. “I need to get back in shape. Kailangan ko mag-extra conditioning and extra effort pa para dagdag sa stamina.”
The Green Archers are loaded in the frontline with Arnold Van Opstal, Jason Perkins, and Norbert Torres, meaning the 18-year-old Rivero will have to earn his way into the rotation of coach Juno Sauler.
“Sa akin, kung ano lang ‘yung kailangan nila ma-provide na kaya ko, ibibigay ko ‘yun. Hindi naman nila ako isusubo sa masama,” Rivero said.
“Kung ano ang kailangan nila para mag-back-to-back (champion), or kung ano man ang kailangan ng team, basta kaya kong i-provide, gagawin ko ang lahat,” he added.