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    Pampanga, Cebu, Negros Occidental keep status as biggest producers of PBA talent

    Dec 19, 2017
    Which province has the most active PBA players? 

    IN this basketball-crazy country, there could be no one crazier – or better – than the ones from a North Luzon province and two from Visayas.

    After all, Pampanga, Cebu, and Negros Occidental maintained their status as the top basketball hotbeds in the country, having the most natives playing in the PBA this season.

    Pampanga even solidified its hold on the top spot with the addition of two rookies and a returning player, increasing its tally from 11 last year to 13 this year.

    Cebu came in at second with nine players – one more than last year, but the province could’ve almost had as many players as Pampanga, as Terrence Romeo’s dad is from Cebu and his mom from Surigao, but we listed the GlobalPort star as a Cavite native where he grew up. Sonny Thoss’ mother is likewise a Cebuana, but we put him under Papua New Guinea where he was born.

    We also put Greg Slaughter under Cebu where his mother is from after being listed under his native Ohio last year.

    Negros Occidental also increased its tally by one player, with third overall pick Raymar Jose being the most significant addition.

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      Iloilo made the biggest jump from seventh, with prized rookie Kiefer Ravena being the top addition, while Cagayan de Oro rounded out the Top Five with six players, one more than last year.

      California continued to own the most players who were raised overseas with 22 standouts.

      Here’s the full list (based on opening-day rosters released last week).

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      Pampanga – 13

      Jayson Castro

      Calvin Abueva

      Arwind Santos

      Japeth Aguilar

      Ian Sangalang

      JC Intal

      Russel Escoto

      Justin Melton

      Michael Miranda

      Dexter Maiquez

      Ronald Pascual

      Lervin Flores

      Michael Juico

      Cebu - 9

      June Mar Fajardo

      Greg Slaughter

      JR Quiñahan

      Aldrech Ramos

      Brian Heruela

      Roger Pogoy

      Joseph Sedurifa

      Monbert Arong

      Mark Tallo

      Negros Occidental - 8

      James Yap

      Jeff Chan

      Noy Baclao

      LA Revilla

      Mark Yee

      Reynel Hugnatan

      Raul Soyud

      Raymar Jose

      Iloilo – 6

      Ronald Tubid

      Anjo Caram

      Paolo Taha

      Ken Bono

      Emman Monfort

      Kiefer Ravena

      Cagayan de Oro - 6

      Poy Erram

      Jio Jalalon

      Glenn Khobuntin

      Philip Paniamogan

      Rey Nambatac

      Dan Sara

      Davao del Sur - 4

      Scottie Thompson

      Baser Amer

      John Pinto

      Reden Celda

      Bulacan - 4

      Art dela Cruz

      Billy Mamaril

      Michael Mabulac

      Emil Renz Palma

      Pangasinan - 4

      Marc Pingris

      Jason Ballesteros

      Bryan Faundo

      Marion Magat

      Tarlac - 4

      Niño Canaleta

      Jake Pascual

      Jaypee Mendoza

      Jon Jon Gabriel

      Cavite - 3

      Terrence Romeo

      Ranidel de Ocampo

      Yancy de Ocampo

      Albay - 3

      Mark Borboran

      Jay-R Reyes

      Alex Nuyles

      Olongapo - 3

      Gabby Espinas

      Ping Exciminiano

      Matt Ganuelas-Rosser

      Zamboanga - 3

      RR Garcia

      Mark Barroca

      Mike Tolomia

      Leyte - 3

      Chico Lanete

      Garvo Lanete

      Dylan Ababou

      Batangas - 2

      LA Tenorio

      Eric Camson

      Iligan - 2

      Cyrus Baguio

      Bambam Gamalinda

      Bataan - 2

      Raymond Almazan

      Bradwyn Guinto

      Cotabato - 2

      Mac Belo

      PJ Simon

      Laguna - 2

      Chris Javier

      Jan Jamon

      Cagayan Valley - 2

      Troy Rosario

      Jam Cortes

      Isabela - 2

      Jackson Corpuz

      Bong Galanza

      Nueva Ecija

      Vic Manuel

      Quezon

      Mac Baracael

      Aurora

      Keith Agovida

      Baguio

      Doug Kramer

      Catanduanes

      Don Trollano

      Ilocos Norte

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      Ed Daquioag

      La Union

      James Sena

      Romblon

      Jansen Rios

      Camarines Norte

      Jammer Jamito

      Sorsogon

      Beau Belga

      Tagbilaran

      Alfrancis Tamsi

      Zambales

      Jay Washington

      Samar

      Jewel Ponferrada

      NCR

      Manila – 11

      Paul Lee

      Ryan Araña

      Jonathan Grey

      Allein Maliksi

      Ronnie Matias

      Carl Bryan Cruz

      Dave Marcelo

      Raymond Aguilar

      Von Pessumal

      Justin Chua

      Kenneth Ighalo

      Quezon City - 11

      Larry Fonacier

      Jervy Cruz

      Ronjay Buenafe

      Rodney Brondial

      Marvin Hayes

      Prince Caperal

      Frank Golla

      Mark Cruz

      Nico Salva

      Jett Manuel

      Kyle Neypes

      Mandaluyong -5

      Juami Tiongson

      Ael Banal

      Kevin Racal

      Aljon Mariano

      Jeron Teng

      Makati - 3

      Jvee Casio

      Kevin Ferrer

      San Juan - 3

      Chris Tiu

      Fonzo Gotladera

      Joseph Gabayni

      Las Piñas -2

      Kevin Alas

      Gelo Alolino

      Paranaque - 2

      Rabeh Al-Hussaini

      Mon Abundo

      Pasig - 2

      Jericho Cruz

      Louie Vigil

      Valenzuela - 2

      Rey Guevarra

      Sidney Onwubere

      Pasay - 1

      RJ Jazul

      California - 22

      Chris Newsome

      Willy Wilson

      Alex Cabagnot

      Marcio Lassiter

      Stanley Pringle

      Sol Mercado

      Maverick Ahanmisi

      Ryan Reyes

      Mark Caguioa

      Kyle Pascual

      Karl Dehesa

      Mike Cortez

      Alex Mallari

      Kelly Nabong

      Simon Enciso

      Harvey Carey

      Rome dela Rosa

      Abel Galliguez

      Robbie Herndon

      Davon Potts

      Julian Sargent

      Jerramy King

      New York – 2

      Rafi Reavis

      Rashawn Mccarthy

      Hawaii

      Joe Devance

      Chicago

      Mike DiGregorio

      Florida

      Cliff Hodge

      Maryland

      Jason Perkins

      Michigan

      Kelly Williams

      North Carolina

      Gabe Norwood

      South Dakota

      Jared Dillinger

      San Antonio, Texas

      Chris Ross

      Seattle, Washington

      Chris Banchero

      Canada - 3

      Sean Anthony

      Matthew Wright

      Norbert Torres

      Australia - 2

      Anthony Semerad

      David Semerad

      Tonga - 2

      Asi Taulava

      Mo Tautuaa

      Papua New Guinea

      Sonny Thoss

      Germany

      Arnold Van Opstal

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      Hong Kong

      Joseph Eriobu

      Kuwait

      Yousef Taha

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