Can you guess who this young Ilonggo baller is?

Barry Viloria on Jan 12, 2017 01:21 PM
Can you guess who this young Ilonggo baller is?
Before donning green and white, this Lasallian champ used to sport blue! (Photos by SKT Digital, courtesy of Kib Montalbo)

Ready to take over the Archers’ lair next year given the looming departure of graduating members Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres among others, DLSU guard Kib Montalbo proved to be a defensive force last season. But before becoming a two-time champion, he was once a rookie who had to warm the bench while his seniors like LA Revilla made sure Taft retained its legacy. And even before becoming a collegiate league player, he was once a high school star at St. John’s Institute of Bacolod donning blue and playing before a half-filled arena. He was once one of the most recruited high school players, even catching the eye of FEU and Ateneo then.

Montalbo shares us the memories that wrapped a photo of his younger days, “This photo was taken in November 2012. It's very memorable to me cause this was in my senior year.”

It has always been about basketball for this baby-faced baller. “I love the competition and the discipline that it gives me that helps me through the challenges that I face. It feels great and I'm so grateful to God that I achieved my dream!”

Looking back, the 20-year-old Jr. NBA Philippines alumnus adds his main source of inspiration, “My dad has been my inspiration in the sport ever since. I used to watch his games most of the time even if it's late at night.”

What’s next for Montalbo after the UAAP? It’s still some time to go, but a business? Maybe. The PBA? Definitely.

“And, hopefully, if given the chance, a chance to play for the national team!”

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