Ricci Rivero, Brent Paraiso to join 2023 PBA Draft

Posted by watchmen
July 26, 2023
Posted in SPORTS

Former La Salle Green Archers Ricci Rivero and Brent Paraiso will cross paths once more — this time possibly in the PBA.

The former teammates will be applying for the 2023 PBA Draft, their agent confirmed to ABS-CBN News on Monday, July 24.

Rivero previously signed with the Taoyuan Pilots of the P. League+ in Taiwan before being released by the squad ahead of the start of the season.

The 6-foot-1 guard also won a pair of UAAP championships, one with La Salle in 2016, and another with the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in 2021. 

In his final year in the UAAP, Rivero put up numbers of 13.78 points, 4.17 rebounds and 2.17 assists per contest.

“[I’m] just looking forward and excited for what’s to come,” Rivero said, adding that he decided to join the PBA Draft upon consultation with his management and family.

“It wasn’t so easy, but it wasn’t that hard,” he said. 

The former UAAP Mythical Team member says he has no preference on where he will be drafted, noting, “Kung ano ‘yung team na mas may maitutulong ako.”

Meanwhile, aside from winning a title with Rivero in La Salle, Paraiso also made a name for himself with the Letran Knights.

After transferring to the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers in 2018, the 6-foot-2 combo guard became one of the pillars of Letran following his move to Intramuros in 2020.

Paraiso was a part of two of the Knights’ three-peat championships and averaged 11.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.4 steals in his final season, donning Letran’s blue and red. 

Whether they reunite as teammates or face off against each other in different teams, Rivero and Paraiso will now have the opportunity to showcase their skills once more, this time at the professional level. (ABS-CBN News)

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