Adamson, UP express interest in joining battle to sign former La Salle star Ricci Rivero
After announcing his exit from La Salle, Ricci Rivero has plenty of options with many teams interested, including that of UP guard Juan Gomez de Liano. Jerome Ascano

THE father of Ricci Rivero said his son still has no plans about anything concerning his basketball career after he bid goodbye on Twitter to the La Salle Green Archers.

Paolo Rivero, father of the now former La Salle star, said his son, at the moment, does not have any immediate plans in relation to basketball, and that even includes where his son will go after the Green Archers.

“Wala pa po talaga,” said the elder Rivero in a brief reply when asked about the plans of Ricci, who tweeted Thursday that ‘it’s time to move forward,’ signalling the end of his relationship with La Salle that dates back to his high school days with La Salle Greenhills.

University of Santo Tomas has been mentioned as the possible destination for Rivero, but head coach Aldin Ayo on Thursday denied the rumors as he hasn’t even spoken to Rivero about a possible transfer.

National University coach Jamike Jarin said he is also clueless about where Rivero is heading, despite rumors that also floated that the Bulldogs could land Rivero.

Still, there is definitely interest from other teams about recruiting Rivero, but whether it will become a reality remains to be seen.

“I would like to have a talent like that sa team namin,” said University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol. “Pero wala pa kaming attempt to acquire him.”

For his part, Adamson coach Franz Pumaren said he is also interested to obtain a talent such as Rivero.

“I’ll be a hypocrite if I tell you that I’m not interested. Of course, saan man siyang pumuntang team, he will be an asset,” said Pumaren, following Akari-Adamson’s match against Jose Rizal University in the PBA D-League.

Pumaren, however, admitted he has not touched base with Rivero even when news broke that he took a leave of absence with La Salle.

“Ang hirap ng wala sa social media,” Pumaren said in jest. “This is the first time I’ve heard about it kaya sinasabi ko it’s hard if you don’t have any social media. We have no access or whatsoever.”

“But we will discuss it with our coaches, we will discuss it with the school, we will discuss it with management,” he added.

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