Ricci Rivero Signs Two-Year Contract with Phoenix Fuel Masters
Ricci Rivero, the energetic and flamboyant guard, has signed a two-year rookie contract with the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Rivero’s management team made the news on Tuesday, ushering in an exciting new chapter in his professional basketball career.
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Phoenix picked Ricci Rivero in the second round of the rookie selection as the 17th overall choice, recognizing his incredible talent and potential as one of the standout scorers from the previous PBA selection pool.
Rivero’s return to the Philippines’ top basketball league is greatly anticipated, particularly given his track record. He had previous collegiate success, winning UAAP titles with the University of the Philippines (UP) and De La Salle University (La Salle). He is now ready to demonstrate his abilities on the PBA stage.
Rivero’s reconnection with Coach Jamike Jarin, with whom he collaborated extensively during their time in the Gilas Pilipinas youth program, is one notable facet of this growth. Coach Jarin coached Rivero while he was a Batang Gilas Under-16 team member in 2013, forming a close coach-player connection that has now gone full circle.
Rivero’s longtime agent, Charlie Dy of Virtual Playground, emphasized the player’s excitement at this interesting professional step. Dy said, “Ricci is pleased to sign a two-year deal with Phoenix to kickstart his professional career in the PBA and to be reunited with Coach Jamike, his coach in the U16 in 2013.” Dy also mentioned Rivero’s goals, adding, “He also hopes to be able to help the franchise win its first championship,” demonstrating Rivero’s dedication to the Fuel Masters’ success.
Rivero joins a solid group of rookies that includes Ken Tuffin (picked 6th overall), Raffy Verano (chosen 16th overall), and Matthew Daves (selected 28th overall). Phoenix fans can look forward to an exciting age of PBA basketball with this influx of youthful talent as the club strives to establish its imprint and compete for its first-ever championship triumph.
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