Ayo says Ricci Rivero not moving to UST; NU coach denies knowledge of his next destination
Ricci has bid La Salle goodbye but is mum on his next destination. Jerome Ascano

WHERE to, Ricci?

That's the million-dollar question on most fans' minds after high-flying La Salle star Ricci Rivero bid the Green Archers goodbye on Twitter, saying 'it's time to move forward.'

Where exactly will that journey lead him? Safe assumption is he's headed to Espana to join his former coach Aldin Ayo, who made the jump from La Salle to University of Santo Tomas last January.

But in a short response to SPIN.ph, the UAAP and NCAA champion coach categorically denied Rivero is moving to Espana, saying he hasn't talked to the incoming third-year guard about a possible transfer.

"Hindi kami nag-usap, baka sa NU," Ayo said.

The Bulldogs aren't that farfetched of a move either, considering Rivero started off with NU before moving to La Salle Greenhills where he became one of the highly-touted recruits out of high school.

The Bulldogs also have the machinery and the financial muscle to make a bid for Rivero and NU has shown that they can make a splash in recruitment when needed.

But even NU head coach Jamike Jarin is clueless on where Rivero is headed.

"Wala akong alam kung saan siya pupunta," said Jarin.

This came after going on the record last month that they have 'no plans' of getting Rivero, explaining that they already have a plethora of talent waiting in their development pool.

Before that, Ateneo team manager Epok Quimpo was also quick to deny that the flamboyant scorer may be headed to Katipunan to play for his former rivals.

Aside from his tweet, Rivero and his camp has been silent on his next move.

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