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    Two schools closing the gap on Ateneo on most number of active PBA players

    Mar 20, 2020

    THERE'S really nothing quite like being a champion, especially if one aspires to make it to the big leagues.

    Having that winning tradition boosts one's stock once they make the jump, and that's why it's no surprise that players who have contributed to their school's triumph in both the UAAP and the NCAA make up the majority of those who made it to the pro ranks.

    Just like in years past, Ateneo remains as the school with the lion's share of players in the opening-day rosters for the teams, boasting 20 players in tow.

    The boys from Katipunan remained at the top of the list despite the retirements of Phoenix big man Doug Kramer and now NLEX assistant coach Emman Monfort, as well as the sudden sabbatical of Ginebra's Greg Slaughter.

    How did the Blue Eagles keep their pole position? Easy. By having a bevy of rookies enter the league coming from coach Tab Baldwin's UAAP three-peat squad.

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    Also included in the list are the five players picked in the special Gilas draft, thus Isaac Go and twins Matt and Mike Nieto further boosted Ateneo's haul.

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    Ateneo may still be on top for several years now, but the gap sure is closing.

    Far Eastern University once again seized second spot with 18 players, four more from last year's total with Arvin Tolentino, Richard Escoto, and Wendell Comboy all entering the league, and journeyman Jhaymo Eguilos making his return.

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    San Beda slid to third with 17, but added two more rookies this season in Clint Doliguez and AC Soberano.

    Coming off an NCAA championship run, Letran made a big move for fourth with their total of 12 players as Jerrick Balanza, Bonbon Batiller, and Christian Balagasay joined their senior Knights now in the PBA.

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    La Salle also hiked its haul to 12 with the arrival of rookies Kib Montalbo and Prince Rivero as well as the return of Almond Vosotros and Papot Paredes making up for the retirements of Willy Wilson and Mike Cortez.

    University of the East continued to slide on the list as it's now tied for sixth with National University, with both schools trotting 10 players each, while University of Santo Tomas dropped a peg despite still having eight players in the league.

    Adamson and Arellano added two more players to their alumni list in the PBA to remain tied at ninth with seven players each, while San Sebastian dropped out of the top 10 as Calvin Abueva remained out of Phoenix Super LPG's roster no thanks to his continued indefinite suspension.

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    UP also has six players in the pro ranks, while Lyceum and Philippine Christian University have four players each. St. Clare also now has multiple PBA players to show, with Aris Dionisio and Chris Bitoon hiking their school's total to three.

    Also being represented this 45th season is the University of San Carlos in NLEX rookie Will McAloney, who follows in the footsteps of PBA legend Ramon Fernandez. For the first time, the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) has a PBA player in the person of San Miguel neophyte Daniel de Guzman.

    Take a look at our full list of schools and the alumni who are flying their flag high and proud this season in Asia's first pro league:

    1. Ateneo (20) - Japeth Aguilar, Aaron Black, Justin Chua, Nico Elorde, Poy Erram, Larry Fonacier, Isaac Go, Frank Golla, JC Intal, Chris Newsome, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Von Pessumal, Kris Porter, Kiefer Ravena, Nico Salva, LA Tenorio, Juami Tiongson, Vince Tolentino, Adrian Wong

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    2. FEU (18) -- Mark Barroca, Mac Belo, Jeff Chan, Wendell Comboy, Carl Bryan Cruz, Ron Dennison, Barkley Ebona, Jhaymo Eguilos, Richard Escoto, Russel Escoto, RR Garcia, Raymar Jose, Roger Pogoy, Aldrech Ramos, Terrence Romeo, Arwind Santos, Arvin Tolentino, Mike Tolomia

    3. San Beda (17) -- Baser Amer, Robert Bolick, Anjo Caram, Art dela Cruz, Rome dela Rosa, Clint Doliguez, Bambam Gamalinda, Garvo Lanete, Dave Marcelo, Jaypee Mendoza, Javee Mocon, Jake Pascual, Kyle Pascual, Davon Potts, Anthony Semerad, David Semerad, AC Soberano

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    T-4. Letran (12) -- Kevin Alas, Raymond Almazan, Christian Balagasay, Jerrick Balanza, Bonbon Batiller, JP Calvo, Bryan Faundo, RJ Jazul, Rey Nambatac, Rey Publico, Bong Quinto, Kevin Racal

    T-4. La Salle (12) -- Yutien Andrada, Ryan Arana, JVee Casio, Kib Montalbo, Papot Paredes, Jason Perkins, LA Revilla, Prince Rivero, Jeron Teng, Norbert Torres, Abu Tratter, Almond Vosotros

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    T-6. UE (10) -- Mark Borboran, Nino Canaleta, Bong Galanza, Chris Javier, Paul Lee, Rey Suerte, Roi Sumang, Paul Varilla, James Yap, Paul Zamar

    T-6. NU (10) -- Raymond Aguilar, Gelo Alolino, Jjay Alejandro, Reden Celda, Glenn Khobuntin, Marion Magat, Bobby Ray Parks, Jewel Ponferrada, Matt Salem, Troy Rosario

    8. UST (8) -- Cyrus Baguio, Jervy Cruz, Ed Daquioag, Jeepy Faundo, Kevin Ferrer, Allein Maliksi, Aljon Mariano, Renzo Subido

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    T-9. Adamson (7) -- Rodney Brondial, Eric Camson, Val Chauca, Jericho Cruz, Sean Manganti, Jansen Rios, Don Trollano

    T-9. Arellano (7) -- Keith Agovida, Michael Canete, Prince Caperal, Lervin Flores, Jio Jalalon, John Pinto, Kent Salado

    T-11. San Sebastian (6) -- Allyn Bulanadi, Michael Calisaan, Alvin Capobres, Bradwyn Guinto, Michael Miranda, Ian Sangalang

    T-11. UP (6) -- Diego Dario, Paul Desiderio, Mike Gamboa, Kyles Lao, Jay-R Reyes, Raul Soyud

    T-13. PCU (4) -- Mike Ayonayon, Beau Belga, Jayson Castro, Jackson Corpuz

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    T-13. Lyceum (4) -- MJ Ayaay, Joseph Gabayni, Jaycee Marcelino, CJ Perez

    15. St. Clare (3) -- Chris Bitoon, Aris Dionisio, Jammer Jamito

    Cebu (2) -- June Mar Fajardo, Brian Heruela

    CEU (2) -- Mon Abundo, Samboy de Leon

    JRU (2) -- Philip Paniamogan, James Sena

    Mapua (2) -- Kenneth Ighalo, Jessie Saitanan

    PSBA (2) -- Vic Manuel, Marc Pingris

    St. Benilde (2) -- Jonathan Grey, Paolo Taha

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    EAC (1) -- Sidney Onwubere

    EARIST (1) -- Andreas Cahilig

    Manila (1) -- Reynel Hugnatan

    Mindanao (1) -- PJ Simon

    NEUST (1) -- Daniel de Guzman

    Perpetual (1) -- Scottie Thompson

    San Carlos (1) -- Will McAloney

    Colegio de San Lorenzo (1) -- Jonjon Gabriel

    TIP (1) -- Jorey Napoles

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    Visayas (1) -- JR Quinahan


      Like last season, the total for Fil-foreign players remained at 36 players from across 34 schools.

      New additions include Columbian rookie Roosevelt Adams, who studied in Idaho, and Blackwater center Maurice Shaw, who went to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.

      Cal State Fullerton, with Marcio Lassiter and Ryan Reyes, and University of Hawaii at Manoa, with Christian Standhardinger and Jared Dillinger, both boast two alumni apiece.

      Sol Mercado, who has yet to sign a contract with a PBA team, is the most notable omission on our list.

      Here's our rundown of the players who studied abroad:

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

      Hawaii (2) -- Jared Dillinger, Christian Standhardinger

      Bakersfield -- Billy Mamaril

      BYU-Hawaii -- Asi Taulava

      Cal Poly Pomona -- Matt Ganuelas-Rosser

      Chadron State -- Mo Tautuaa

      Coppin State -- Rafi Reavis

      Eckerd -- Jay Washington

      George Mason -- Gabe Norwood

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      Glendale Community College -- Mark Caguioa

      Hawaii-Hilo -- Alex Cabagnot

      Hope International -- Kris Rosales

      Hutchinson Community College -- Maurice Shaw

      Idaho -- Roosevelt Adams

      James Cook -- Sonny Thoss

      John Brown -- Abel Galliguez

      Lewis-Clark State -- Alex Mallari

      Marshall -- Chris Ross

      McGill -- Sean Anthony

      McKendree -- Mike DiGregorio

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      Minnesota -- Maverick Ahanmisi

      Mount Olive -- Justin Melton

      NDNU -- Simon Enciso

      Oakland -- Kelly Williams

      Penn State -- Stanley Pringle

      Reedley -- Cliff Hodge

      Sacramento State -- Trevis Jackson

      San Francisco State -- Robbie Herndon

      Seattle Pacific -- Chris Banchero

      Sonoma State -- Harvey Carey

      SRJC -- Kelly Nabong

      SUNY-Old Westbury -- Rashawn McCarthy

      St. Bonaventure -- Matthew Wright

      UTEP -- Joe Devance

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