Prince Rivero goes from varsity team-less to ABL
Danine Cruz on Oct 16, 2018 05:23 PM
Prince Rivero turns pro with ABL
Prince Rivero's UAAP career may have abruptly ended after opting not to suit up for De La Salle University, his basketball career still continues as he joins Alab Pilipinas for the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League's ninth season.
Rivero never really stopped playing competitive basketball despite leaving the Green Archers. After his college career and before joining Alab, Rivero played for the Mandaluyong El Tigre in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. The 6-foot-4 Rivero posted averages of 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in the 26-team league.
"I was playing back in college and it wasn't the exit I wanted but everything happens for a reason. I got a call. They said they wanted me to play for MPBL, I tried it, I played for the MPBL, everything's going good. But once I got the call that they wanted me to try for Alab, to me that is something that tells me that my hard work is paying off," said the 23-year old forward.
Rivero joins Caelan Tiongson, Brandon Rosser, and PJ Ramos as Alab's new recruits. They will be under the tutelage of PBA legends Jimmy Alapag, Eric Menk, and Danny Seigle as their coaches.
"Not everyday you get coached by not just Coach Jimmy [Alapag] but with Coach Danny [Seigle] and Coac Eric [Menk] also. Everyday you get to pick their minds, you get to learn from them they get to help you grow as a player," said Rivero, "It's good, I think it's actually helping me a lot in my growth as a person."
This season, defending champions Alab Pilipinas will seek to be the first team in the ABL to ever win back-to-back titles. This kind of pressure is something that Rivero is familiar with since he was a Green Archer when La Salle tried to retain their title in Season 80.
"This is my first like pro team so the pressure is there, ever since wayback in La Salle, the pressure is already with me naman na talaga. A lot of people are expecting a lot from us. Same as what Coach Jimmy said, all my coaches and my parents, you just have to work hard, make sure that you put in the work on and off the court, everything will go the way it is," Rivero said.
From the uncertainties he had to deal with early this year with his college career, Rivero goes from varsity team-less to a player representing the Philippines in the regional level. Knowing the weight of the privilege given to him, Rivero extremely values this opportunity.
"It's a privilege for me and I'm really thankful to be given a chance to play for Alab. Not only for Alab but also for the whole Filipino community and it's a big blessing, I'm not gonna waste it," he said.
The 2018-2019 ABL will begin on November 16, 2018.