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    Ateneo still has most number of active PBA players, but two schools are closing in

    Nov 21, 2016
    With 18 alumni on the active roster of PBA teams, Ateneo still tops the honors list. But schools like FEU and NU have narrowed the gap.

    EVERYBODY loves winners, including PBA teams.

    The high rate of Far Eastern University and National University players getting selected in the 2016 PBA Draft serves proof.

    FEU and NU have had great success in the past four UAAP seasons, winning the last two titles and contending in the Final Four in that span. And while college powerhouses like Ateneo, San Beda, and La Salle maintained their title contender status, the surprising rise of FEU and NU have had PBA teams taking notice—with almost half of the selected players from this year’s batch coming from the two schools.

    Out of the 13 selected players from FEU and NU, 10 cracked the rosters of their respective PBA teams, shaking up the leaderboard of the schools with the most number of active players in the pro league. Ateneo actually increased its number from last year’s tally to remain on top, but FEU overtook La Salle for second place after adding five former Tams (four from their title-winning core last year) to their total.

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    The Archers suffered the most, losing seven from their number last season and adding just one through the draft in Arnold Van Opstal. La Salle fell from second to a tie at fourth place with NU, who also added five former Bulldogs to the pros. San Beda jumped one spot to third as they maintained the same number from last year.

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    [See Ateneo, La Salle neck and neck for most number of former players in PBA]

    Another success story is Arellano University, who cracked the top 10 for the first time, at 10th place with six alums. San Sebastian and Jose Rizal University barely missed the cut with five former players now in the PBA. The addition of Star rookie Jio Jalalon, who led the Chiefs to the finals in NCAA Season 92, sealed Arellano’s entry.

    Here’s the list of the top 10 schools with the most number of PBA players this season:

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    1. Ateneo (18): Noy Baclao, LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter, Von Pessumal, Chris Newsome, Justin Chua, Enrico Villanueva, Emman Monfort, Fonso Gotladera, JC Intal, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Doug Kramer, Chris Tiu, Larry Fonacier, Frank Golla, JP Erram, Nico Salva

    2. FEU (16): Russel Escoto, Jonas Villanueva, Mac Baracael, Mark Barroca, Aldrech Ramos, Mike Tolomia, Jeff Chan, RR Garcia, Arwind Santos, Roger Pogoy, Ping Exciminiano, Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo, Denok Miranda, Reil Cervantes, Terrence Romeo

    3. San Beda (12): Jake Pascual, David Semerad, Rome Dela Rosa, Jaypee Mendoza, Dave Marcelo, Art Dela Cruz, Kyle Pascual, Riego Gamalinda, Anthony Semerad, Baser Amer, Anjo Caram, Garvo Lanete

    4. NU (10): Jewel Ponferada, Troy Rosario, Marion Magat, Tristan Perez, Raymond Aguilar, Denice Villamor, Reden Celda, Glenn Khobuntin, Gelo Alolino, Jeff Javillonar

    La Salle (10): Arnold Van Opstal, JVee Casio, Mike Cortez, Papot Paredes, Rico Maierhofer, LA Revilla, Ryan Arana, Joseph Yeo, Norbert Torres, Willy Wilson

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    6. UE (8): Paul Lee, Chris Javier, James Yap, Ronald Tubid, KG Canaleta, Roi Sumang, Pedrito Galanza, Mark Borboran

    7. Letran (7): Raymond Almazan, Aaron Aban, RJ Jazul, Kevin Racal, Rey Guevarra, Bryan Faundo, Kevin Alas

    Adamson (7): Ken Bono, Eric Camson, Jansen Rios, Rodney Brondial, Jericho Cruz, Don Trollano, Alex Nuyles

    UST (7): Jervy Cruz, Aljon Mariano, Kevin Ferrer, Cyrus Baguio, Allein Maliksi, Dylan Ababou, Ed Daquioag

    10. Arellano (6): Jio Jalalon, Keith Agovida, James Forrester, Nard Pinto, Prince Caperal, Levi Hernandez

    As for other schools outside of the Top 10, Benilde made inroads with two rookies in this year’s draft making the PBA active roster. University of Cebu and St. Francis of Assisi lead schools outside the UAAP and NCAA with the most number of players in the league with three each.

    Here’s the breakdown:

    San Sebastian (5): Ian Sangalang, Calvin Abueva, Jason Ballesteros, Bradwyn Guinto, Michael Miranda

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    JRU (5): James Sena, Jeckster Apinan, Philip Paniamogan, John Wilson, Marvin Hayes

    Benilde (4): Paolo Taha, Jericho De Guzman, Jonathan Grey, Carlo Lastimosa

    University of Cebu (3): June Mar Fajardo, Dondon Hontiveros, Brian Heruela

    St. Francis of Assisi (3): Ranidel De Ocampo, Yancy De Ocampo, Jason Melano

    PCU (3): Beau Belga, Gabby Espinas, Jayson Castro

    UP (3): Raoul Soyud, Jay R Reyes, Jireh Ibanes

    Mapua (3): Jessie Saitanan, Josan Nimes, Joseph Eriobu,

    University of the Visayas (2): Greg Slaughter, JR Quinahan

    University of Manila (2): Reynel Hugnatan, Ronnie Matias

    PSBA (2): Vic Manuel, Marc Pingris

    Perpetual (1): Scottie Thompson

    EAC (1): Ronjay Buenafe

    Lyceum (1): Chico Lanete

    St. Clare (1): Jammer Jamito

    SSC-R Cavite (1): Mark Yee

    CEU (1): Samboy De Leon

    Notre Dame of Dadiangas (1): Manny Pacquiao

    University of Mindanao (1): PJ Simon

    [See Which among the UAAP, NCAA, overseas schools has produced most PBA players]

    Players who played college basketball overseas also increasedr, with Hope International University joining Marshall University and Cal State Fullerton with two players each. Here’s the list:

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    Marshall (2): Chris Ross, Chris Lutz

    Cal State Fullerton (2): Ryan Reyes, Marcio Lassiter

    Hope International University (2): Kris Rosales, Ael Banal

    Seattle Pacific University (1): Chris Banchero

    James Cook University (1): Sonny Thoss

    John Brown University (1): Abel Galliguez

    UC-Irvine (1): Tony Dela Cruz

    Biola University (1): Sol Mercado

    Kentucky State University (1): Jayjay Helterbrand

    University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (1): Chris Ellis

    UTEP (1): Joe Devance

    Glendale (1): Mark Caguioa

    Bakersfield College (1): Billy Mamaril

    Penn State (1): Stanley Pringle

    Waldorf University (1): Karl Dehesa

    Eastern Michigan (1): Mick Pennisi

    McKendree University (1): Michael DiGregorio

    Lewis-Clark State College (1): Alex Mallari

    San Diego State (1): Jason Deutchman

    Reedley (1): Cliff Hodge

    Golden West (1): Jonathan Uyloan

    University of Hawaii (1): Jared Dillinger

    SRJC (1): Kelly Nabong

    BYU-Hawaii (1): Asi Taulava

    McGill University (1): Sean Anthony

    NDNU (1): Simon Enciso

    St. Bonaventure University (1): Matthew Wright

    University of Mount Olive (1): Justin Melton

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    Maryland (1): Rafi Reavis

    George Mason (1): Gabe Norwood

    University of Minnesota (1): Maverick Ahanmisi

    Eckerd (1): Jay Washington

    Hawaii-Hilo (1): Alex Cabagnot

    Old Westbury (1): Rashawn McCarthy

    Sonoma State (1): Harvey Carey

    Claremont High School (1): Mo Tautuaa

    Oakland University (1): Kelly Williams

    Cal Poly Pomona (1): Matt Ganuelas-Rosser

    Wagner (1): Danny Seigle

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