NU scores another modern forward in Robert Minerva

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 13, 2018 02:21 PM
NU scores another modern forward in Robert Minerva
Robert Minerva is yet another jewel in NU's shimmering 2018 recruiting crown

National University is going to be loaded as it tries to get back to the playoffs in the looming UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Already with holdovers Issa Gaye, Enzo Joson, and Jonas Tibayan as well as newcomers John Lloyd Clemente, John Galinato, Dave Ildefonso, Darrel Menina, and Migs Oczon, the Bulldogs are now also getting yet another modern-day wing player in Robert Minerva.

The 6-foot-5 forward confirmed his commitment to staying in Sampaloc on Friday. “Dito pa rin po ako sa NU,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.

Minerva emerged as a key cog in NU’s impressive run to the Finals in the Season 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Averaging 5.6 points and 4.7 rebounds, he was part of the machine that pushed eventual champion Ateneo de Manila High School to the limit.

In the succeeding 2018 National Basketball Training Center National Finals, he continued to bring his trademark length and energy as the Bullpups reclaimed the title.

The Cebu native is a long-limbed player with mobile feet who has already shown he can guard multiple positions – from SJ Belangel to Kai Sotto, even.

His offense still has a long ways to go, but he has already shown he can work the ball inside or hit a jumper every now and then.

Still, Minerva’s body type is perfect for modern basketball and he has already proven to have the determination.

Back in Cebu as a 13-year-old, he was late to the tryout being held by assistant coach Tom Chua. No matter what, he gave it his all and ultimately was the only one chosen to be recruited.

He then transferred to Manila where he emerged as the glue guy to the Chiang Kai Shek College contenders led by the likes of Tibayan and Galinato.

Then relocating to NU in 2017, there was no doubt that the now 18-year-old belonged in the UAAP.

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