Kirell Brandon “Kib” Montalbo, St. John’s Institute senior and ace player, will likely suit up with the De La Salle University Green Archers when he enters college next school year.
This was disclosed Friday by his father, Roger, who declined to elaborate the negotiation of the offer for confidentiality.
De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University have started courting the 5-foot, 10 inches tall Montalbo since his high school days as a basketball player of St. John’s Institute.
Known for his shooting skills and dazzling moves, Montalbo has been a member of Western Visayas in several Palarong Pambansa meets since his elementary days.
Both schools came forward with an offer for an athletic scholarship for the teenage basketball sensation that has been making waves not only in the Negros Occidental Private School Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) juniors’ basketball but also in various local and national tournaments in his division.
Green Archers head coach Gee Abanilla, together with chief recruiter David Dichupa and team manager Eric Ongkauko came here to even join the SJI Blue Falcons in celebrating their latest championship in the NOPSSCEA junior’s basketball.
Abanilla said the young Montalbo is a crucial piece in their puzzle and DLSU is much willing to take care of him.
Dichupa said he has been following Montalbo’s progress in basketball for seven years now and is quite impressed with the performance of the Bacoleño cager.
Ateneo Blue Eagles new head coach Bo Perasol and team manager Paolo Trillo also came to Bacolod to meet with Montalbo and his parents, as well as SJI coach Dexter Dy.
Although he has yet to see Montalbo play, Perasol said he has heard a lot about the SJI player who would get an good opportunity to maximize his potential at the Blue Eagles camp.