Why DLSU’s Rivero and former Lasallians Salem and Subido are UAAP’s ‘hottest’ lately
Barry Viloria on Sep 20, 2016 07:37 PM
One bleeds green, and two once bled the same. What’s another common denominator among these three that makes them this season’s early standouts? (Photos by Vyn Radovan)
While it’s too early to tell which team will dominate this season’s men’s basketball event, it’s quite easy to determine the standouts. That is, if you’ve watched how these boys are faring so far this season, boosting their teams with collegiate career-high scores and last-minute rallies. It’s no surprise that with many of past seasons’ greats like Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Ferrer graduating from the league, the guys receiving this kind of attention in Season 79 will take some getting used to.
Meet DLSU’s Ricci Rivero, NU’s Matt Salem, and UST’s Renzo Subido, all of whom may not be entirely “fresh” to those who have been following the UAAP. Rivero is a rookie who showed some skills back as part of the La Salle Greenie. Salem is a former Archer now playing his first UAAP year with the NU Bulldogs. Subido played less than sparingly during his first seasons as a Growling Tiger and is only seeing his career take flight this year.
Why else do we think these guys might easily be the next big thing in the UAAP?
First, Rivero. There’s obviously a lot of potential for this showman of a newbie past his FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship experience and NCAA performance. This season, whenever Coach Aldin Ayo would send him to the court, he would score in telegenic fashion to help La Salle stay on top at 4-0. Remember DLSU’s first match against UST, 100-62, when he did a show-stopping highlight reverse dunk to leave the crowds speechless? Off the court, the 6’1”-tall and very chiseled Rivero is proving to be a star athlete as he is signed with sports talent agency Virtual Playground. He has almost 16,000 followers on Instagram!
UST’s first game against UE proved to be a thriller, ending at 88-87. The Tigers’ hero? No other than Subido, a former La Salle Zobel star player who has long waited for his time to shine in the Seniors’ event. In the mentioned game, he outdid himself career-wise with 26 points. This is redemption as he sustained an ACL injury before Season 78, and with UST losing in the Finals to FEU last season. Subido is currently signed with another talent agency of athletes, Hype Sports PH.
One reason why NU is fast etching their name on the Finals card this season is Salem, who was part of DLSU’s champion team in Season 76. Done sitting out for a year with his transfer to Sampaloc, he seems hungry to bring the Bulldogs back to champ status as they were in Season 77! Trivia: Salem’s girlfriend is former Lady Archer and now Pocari Sweat Warrior Melissa Gohing!