|Kevin Ferrer; image from UAAPSports.com|
According to sources within the Blue Eagles Nest forum on Gameface, Ateneo de Manila University has successfully recruited UST Tiger Cub standout and UAAP Juniors S73 MVP Kevin Ferrer.
However, don't expect to see the 6'4" Ferrer, who averaged 19.9 points, 13.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in his final year in the Juniors, on Team A next season, as he'll be taking his talents to Ateneo Team Glory Be for the entirety of S74.
The reason behind this is because UST is invoking the Soc Rivera rule, to force Ferrer to redshirt a year. Under UAAP rules, a school can opt to have one of its juniors graduates sit out for a year should he or she decide to transfer to another school for college.
Buzz had been building about Ferrer transferring since the last game of the Juniors finals, when Kiefer Ravena comforted Ferrer after the latter's team fell to the former's Blue Eaglets. In S72, Ravena also approached the star player of the opposite squad, Gwynne Capacio, and the Eagles later acquired Capacio's services.
Capacio sat out last year as part of his commitment to the RP Youth Team.
EDIT: Not quite sure why a ton of people reading this post again, judging by the views, but since this obviously did not pan out...
At the time of writing, sources felt that Ferrer had a very strong chance to go to Ateneo. In fact, it was even mentioned by Rick Olivares when he interviewed Kiefer Ravena after the latter had decided to stay home. Ravena is very good friends with Ferrer, and it was he who was encouraging Ferrer to switch to Katipunan, allegedly. That part was edited out of the final interview.
What made Ferrer change his mind was a combination of things that included UST really wanting to keep its blue chip star, given its 400 year anniversary. As such Ferrer got to meet with a prominent UST alumnus basketball player who changed his mind about moving. The rest as we know is history.