Lyceum has scored a coup during the ongoing NCAA Season 95 Seniors Basketball Tournament.
The Pirates have secured the commitment of First City Providential College standout John Bravo.
“It’s a blessing for us because it’s always nice to have players like him choose LPU. Sa amin, it’s going to be a blessing because malapit na mawala ‘yung original group,” said Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson about Bravo.
“It’s always nice to have someone like Bravo.”
Bravo recently dropped 54 points during FCPC’s 103-96 Game Three conquest of AMA last Monday. He made his decision after the NBTC National Finals last April, and has been training with the Pirates since then.
For Robinson, finding Bravo is a testament to the NBTC program.
“It’s a testament to the NBTC as an institution to showcase those types of players. Those are the guys that are not big names in Manila but are big in the provinces. Malaking bagay sa amin ‘yun,” said Robinson as Bravo turned heads after scoring 42 points against Durham Crossover back in March 19 during the Super 32 of the National Finals.
“I’m so grateful to the family of Matt also for committing to LPU, especially sa dami ng schools na gusto kumuha sa kanya.”
Former FCPC athletic director Josiah Albelda expressed his delight that one of his former wards will get to shine in the NCAA. Moreover, he believes that the 6-foot-2 Bravo and Lyceum are a match made in heaven.
“I’m very happy that he’ll get to show his talent in the NCAA. He’s worked long and hard for this. And even though other UAAP schools tried to get him, I believe LPU is a good fit. He will bring his length, athleticism and scoring instincts,” said Albelda.
“He will help the Pirates in a lot of ways if given the opportunity.”
Despite playing in the seniors’ level of UCSAA, the 19-year-old Bravo will be eligible to play in Season 96 of the Grand Old League. It is because the UCSAA determines who can play in its juniors’ and seniors’ level of the league by age.