“Pinangako ko ‘yan at tutuparin ko ‘yan,” said Ricci Rivero after promising to still play out his final year with the UP Fighting Maroon.

/ 18 December 2020

Despite the dropping of UAAP Season 83 and his chance for the upcoming 2021 PBA Draft, the one-time UAAP champion still wants to finish some unfinished business when the UAAP Season 84 tournament kicks off.

Oo naman. Sobrang play ako diyan,” the 22-year-old declared during Virtual Playground’s Virtual Dugout.

Hindi lang ito para sa sarili ko, kung hindi para sa lahat ng sumusuporta sa akin.”

In Rivero’s first year with UP after transferring from La Salle, he recorded an average of 7.14 points, 5.43 rebounds, 2.57 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.

The 6-foot-1 swingman knows that he is needed by the Fighting Maroons now with Juan Gomez de Liaño is most likely no longer eligible to play in the league.

With this, Rivero chose to set aside for a meantime the interested PBA teams that are courting him.

Meanwhile, Rivero will form a formidable backcourt with CJ Cansino when the season tips-off.

Regarding his career off the court, Rivero knows that though he is earning good money in show business, he is still an athlete by trade.

Mas kinikilala ko pa rin ang sarili ko as an athlete. Doon ko talaga nakikita sarili.

“Sobrang saya ko na ibang path ‘tong hosting. Something na hindi ko na-experience,” said the host of TV5’s Sunday Noontime Live.