Chicco Briones, son of former PBA player, commits to UP

University of the Philippines won’t be left behind with its recruitment and preparation for the next seasons after acquiring the services of Cebuano guard Lowell “Chicco” Briones Jr., son of former PBA player Lowell Briones Sr.

Lowell “Chicco” Briones Jr. (Handout photo)

UP men’s basketball team program director Bo Perasol and head coach Goldwin Monteverde announced the development during a media briefing Thursday morning, April 28.

“It’s such a great honor to join the UP Fighting Maroons. It’s one of my dreams to play in the UAAP,” said the 19-year-old Briones. “This is a privilege to play in one of the best teams in the UAAP — or even the best team.”

Standing at 6-foot-6, Chicco plays the shooting guard position but both Perasol and Monteverde saw the versatility that he could bring in for the Maroons.

For Perasol, Chicco, who played one season for Montana’s Carroll College, can fill up the void that would be left by Ricci Rivero and CJ Cansino come Seasons 85 and 86.

Perasol also bared that the recruitment was four years in the making, having visited the family in the US when Chicco was just 16 years old.

The former Maroons head coach emphasized that Chicco’s addition is just one of the few steps in the team’s attempt to add more young blood to the program, something that Perasol had been pondering before he was promoted as program director.

“Nakita ko na he (Chicco) has got the potential. Malaking guwardiya… he has really shown a kind of versatility in his game na talagang magagamit dito sa team,” said Perasol. “Magkakaroon pa rin ‘yan ng learning curve but knowing Chicco, he’s alwys willing to have that learning curve and learn the ins and out of coach Gold’s system.”

Monteverde, for his part, echoed Perasol’s sentiments and added that Chicco’s familiarity with the Philippine basketball culture would be helpful for him in his transition to the UAAP.

“He could also play for the guard position. He could create some mismatches for us and he’s a very good shooter. Plus, sabi niya nga, malaking bagay na dito siya nag-start mag-basketball. He’s not that surprised by the kind of physicality or pace that we play here in the Philippines,” added Monteverde.

Chicco, who also played basketball in Ateneo de Cebu at a young age before migrating to the United States, will have four-year eligibility as he will serve a one-year residency in Season 85.

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