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

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).

 

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

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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

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

Hong Kong

Joseph Eriobu

Kuwait

Yousef Taha

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