HIGH school star Ricci Rivero is leaning toward a reunion with older brother Prince Rivero at De La Salle, but the choice will not be that easy.
The high-scoring wingman of La Salle-Greenhills has received feelers from three US schools whose scouts apparently saw a highlight clip of Rivero on video-sharing site YouTube, his dad Paolo confirmed on Friday.
“May tatlong schools ang kausap namin sa US, dalawa sa California, isa sa Indiana. Interested sila to get Ricci,” said Paolo Rivero, pointing to a video released by Fiba from Ricci's stint in the World Under-18 championships.
“Nakita raw sa YouTube nung mga schools 'yung bata, kaya sobrang interesado sila to get Ricci,” he added.
The elder Rivero said the family intends to visit the three universities while weighing their options.
“Siguro, pwede naming puntahan. Isang flight na lang sa US, tapos isa-isa kaming dadalaw at makikipagkita sa mga schools na interesado sa kanya,” he said.
Rivero bared that the interest of US-based schools in recruiting Filipino cagers spiked after former Greenies star Kobe Paras shone for Cathedral High School in Los Angeles to earn an offer from the UCLA Bruins in the US NCAA.
Rivero admitted that some schools have also shown interest inr Ricci, who failed to lead the Greenies to the Final Four but averaged 26.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.8 blocks in his final year in the NCAA.
“Madaming nag-i-inquire eh. Hindi ko na lang babanggitin kung ano-ano,” he said while sidestepping questions about La Salle's arch-rival Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Still, the elder Rivero bared that their the priority of the family is to bring Ricci to La Salle, where he is expected to team up with brother Prince who is now seen to be one of the future stars of the Green Archers.
“Sa ngayon, waiting kami sa La Salle, sila naman ang priority ng family and besides, gusto rin namin makita na magkakampi yung dalawang anak namin, rather than see team play against each other,” he said.
“Pero so far, wala pang final agreement with La Salle, but we’ll just wait for it,” he said.
Asked about his personal choice, the 17-year old vowed to play hard for any team that gets him.
“Kaya ko pong gawin ang role, uno o dos, gagawin ko po. Importante makatulong sa team, saan man ako lumaro,” said Ricci, who stood out as the top playmaker of the Philippine Under-18 team in the last Fiba world 3x3 championships in Hungary.