The UP Fighting Maroons aren't done recruiting just yet.
After getting high-flying forward Ricci Rivero earlier this month, UP has acquired the services of former La Salle Green Archer big man Jboy Gob according to head coach Bo Perasol.
After months of speculation, UAAP standout and Gilas cadet Ricci Rivero is now taking his talents to the UP Fighting Maroons.
Mark Dyke makes his return to the Green Archers. And it looks like he'll be a vital piece for La Salle's quest to bring the title back to Taft.
Just days after Jordan Sta. Ana bid farewell to UST, he was picked up by his former coach Jeff Napa to play for the Letran Knights in the NCAA.
"In our program, he'll be a welcome addition," Perasol beamed after UP's game against the EAC Generals on Monday at the 12th Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup presented by Chooks-To-Go.
"When I checked our pipeline, after the second year (after Season 82), I think they'll be four players left. Ricci is still there, but by that time Bright (Akhuetie) will be gone. We can have him and (Will) Gozum."
The 6-foot-5 Gob suited up for La Salle in Season 78 in his rookie year but had to sit out the past two seasons due to injury. A bruising center who won the Defensive Player of the Year in his last year of high school with La Salle Greenhills, Gob was supposed to be an important piece for the Green Archers the past two years.
"There's a common friend who just told me that he asked for his release from La Salle. In fact, there are also some people from La Salle who recommend him to go to UP," explained Perasol on recruiting his newest big man. "In fact, I really wanted to have him when I was in Ateneo."Jboy Gob (middle) Photo from Bo Perasol
In his senior year with La Salle Greenhills more than three years ago, Gob put up 14.9 points and 15.1 rebounds.
"I really think that he is a guy full of talent. He can move, he can shoot, but he needs to have that opportunity to showcase whatever he has," Perasol added.
Despite the nagging injuries, Perasol is optimistic that the 21-year-old Gob will be back better than ever.
"He'll be staying with us for another year before he can play. He has lots of time to recover," the coach said.
Gob will have to sit out the upcoming UAAP season and will be eligible to play in Season 82.