After Ricci Rivero, ex-La Salle big GBoy Gob transfers to UP
MANILA, Philippines – An impressive offseason recruitment haul continues for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons.
State U head coach Bo Perasol confirmed to Rappler on Monday, May 28, that former DLSU Green Archers big man GBoy Gob has transferred to UP.
“Yes, he committed to play for us already,” said Perasol.
According to a Twitter account that supports the UP men’s basketball team, the 21-year-old Gob has already been practicing with the team, too.
Former La Salle big man Gboy Gob is already training with the UP Fighting Maroons. The 21-year-old will miss #UAAPSeason81 and will return to play in maroon and green for 3 more years! #UPFight #nowheretogobutUP pic.twitter.com/kN0pU1AgqO— UP Fighting Maroons (@upmbt) May 28, 2018
The 6-foot-5 Gob was one of the more impressive recruits out of high school back in 2015 after averaging 14.9 points and 15.1 rebounds a game with La Salle Greenhills in his final NCAA juniors season.
After playing sparingly in his freshman year with the Green Archers, his development was cut short by a torn ACL injury suffered in practice which kept him out in 2016.
Gob also missed the 2017 season with La Salle and fell back in the rotation following the recruitment of other bigs by the Green Archers.
By transferring to UP, Gob follows the path of his former teammate both in LSGH and DLSU, Ricci Rivero.
“He has one year to acclimatize himself into UP’s culture. He has to understand where we came from and where we want to go. If he lives up to his potential, UP will be the perfect place for him.”
Gob will sit out the upcoming Season 81 due to the UAAP’s residency rules for transferring students before getting the chance to suit up in 2019. He will have 3 years of playing eligibility left.
Gob adds to a talented big man core of UP that includes Bright Akhuetie and reigning NCAA juniors MVP Will Gozum. – Rappler.com