KIB Montalbo, one of the sought-after high school players from Bacolod City, has decided to join the De La Salle Green Archers, according to a report by a Bacolod-based newspaper.
Montalbo’s father Roger told the Visayan Daily Star that his son is in the process of wrapping up negotiations to join De La Salle's squad in Manila this weekend.
Montalbo’s entry to the Green Archers is considered a big boost to the Taft-based squad looking to regain their reputation as a championship contender in the UAAP.
Montalbo, described by the Visayan Daily Star as a player “known for his outside shooting skills as well as his dazzling moves inside the paint,” steered St. John Institute to last year’s Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Foundation (Nopsscea) high school crown, defeating University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos.
Montalbo was also part of the 2010 Jr. NBA All-Star-Philippines team.
The Green Archers beat out rival Ateneo in the recruitment battle for Montalbo. Sources said that the Blue Eagles have been courting Montalbo for years with former head coach Norman Black personally visiting the highly-touted cager during Ateneo’s stints in the University Games in Bacolod.
In the same report by the Visayan Daily Star, St. John coach Dexter Dy said that De La Salle was persistent in getting Montalbo as top officials of the team flew over from Manila to witness the Nopsscea championship.
Last season, De La Salle successfully recruited Jeron Teng from Xavier School after the son of former PBA cager Alvin Teng scored 104 points in a Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball League game.
The younger Teng went on to win the Rookie of the Year and Mythical Five honors in leading the Green Archers to a Final Four appearance last year.
De La Salle is also rumored to be interested in obtaining Cameroonian big man sensation Ben Mbala, prized big man of the Southwestern University in Cebu and former MVP of the Basketball Without Borders camp.