SHAUN Ildefonso's recent transfer from Ateneo to National University paved the way for a reunion with his father, two-time PBA MVP Danny Ildefonso, who is now an assistant coach at his alma mater.
While sons following in the footsteps of their basketball player dads are no longer unusual with the likes of the Tengs, Ravenas, and the Parases, having a father and son in the same college team, just like the Ildefonsos at NU, is quite rare.
Here are a few of them:
Marlou and Matthew Aquino
In his rookie year in 2014, Matthew played for Adamson where he spent one year under the tutelage of his father Marlou, who was then an assistant coach of the Falcons under head mentor Kenneth Duremdes. Their partnership, however, only lasted one season Marlou stepped down after the departure of Duremdes while Matthew transferred to NU the following year.
Frankie Lim and Melo Lim
In his successful five-season stint with San Beda, Frankie was able to share championships with son Melo, one of the reliable role players of the team during that span, before the dad stepped down in 2012.
Louie, Kevin, and Junjun Alas
Louie Alas coached Letran for more than a decade but his late years with the Knights proved special as he was able to mentor his sons Kevin and Junjun. Between the two Alases, it was Kevin who became the ace for the Knights, leading his dad's team to the finals twice in from 2009 to 2012. Neither finals stint, however, led to a championship.
Aric and Lester Del Rosario
When UST ruled the UAAP in the 1990s, the Growling Tigers were coached by Aric Del Rosario on a team that was led by the likes of Dennis Espino, Chris Cantonjos, Bal David, Rey Evangelista, Patrick Fran, Edmond Reyes, and Dale Singson. One of the role players on that team was Aric's son Lester, who played in all of the four seasons that UST reigned in the collegiate league. Their partnership endured until they were both coaches were they steered Perpetual Help to Final Four appearances in the NCAA.
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