Back in the fall, JUCO Junction reported that Filiberto Rivera of Southeastern C.C. of West Burlington, Ia., had committed to Florida International.
Even though Rivera never signed a letter of intent with the Panthers, it still came as a bit of a surprise when JUCO Junction learned this week that the 6-1 point guard will take an official visit to Texas El Paso next weekend (Apr. 12).
Southeastern Head Coach Joe O'Brien, who led the Blackhawks to their second national title in four years, confirmed that Rivera will be visiting UTEP next weekend.
However, O'Brien cautioned that Rivera's recruitment hasn't exactly opened up. He's visiting UTEP primarily because a unique circumstance arose this spring.
If everything goes well next weekend in El Paso, there's a good chance that Rivera will wind up at UTEP instead of FIU.
Rivera was the maestro that held together a very talented Southeastern squad. He averaged 16.1 points and 6.7 assists this season in leading the Blackhawks to a 33-1 regular season record.
He was just as good at the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., last month, piloting Southeastern to four straight wins on the way to the crown. He averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists per game at Hutch. Not surprisingly, he copped tournament MVP honors.
JUCO Junction will stay on top of this story, and when a commitment comes down the pike, we'll let you know as soon as possible. Stay tuned.