Has Ziv Espinas played his final game with Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite?
Espinas has remained tight-lipped about his plans, but he admitted that he is considering a move to Ateneo High School. He sees the transfer as a golden opportunity to pursue his dream of playing for the Blue Eagles.
Ziv’s father, ex-PBA player Gabby Espinas, has always encouraged his son to pursue this dream, believing that it will lead to a bigger future for the young athlete.
“Ako, di pa ako sure na lilipat pa ako,” said Espinas, who is 14 years old and a native of Batangas. “Pero gusto ko din lumipat kasi siyempre mas malaki ‘yung opportunity dun since Ateneo – big school.
“Para sa akin nandun future ko since Ateneo e.”
At 6-foot-2 and still in grade 8, Espinas has already made a name for himself on the court. This season, he has averaged 4.25 points, 8.38 rebounds, 0.63 assists, 0.63 blocks, and 0.5 steals per game for Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite.
However, the Junior Pirates could not make the Final Four, finishing the season with a 3-4 record.
But with a transfer to Ateneo, he believes that he can develop more.
While Espinas feels excited about the possibility of joining the Blue Eagles, he is also sad about leaving his older brother Zav behind.
“So, kung pwede sama kuya ko dun, sasama ko. Pero, bawal.”
If Espiñas does decide to transfer to Ateneo High School, he will not have to undergo a residency period and will be eligible to play for the Blue Eagles in UAAP Season 87. With the departure of seven seniors to graduation, Ateneo will be looking for new talent to step up and take the lead.
Espinas could be just the player they need to fill the role of support for Kristian Porter.