THEY are closest to the action and have full access during games, so should we trust their judgment?
When Spin.ph took a poll among UAAP courtside reporters on who they think are the cutest basketball players and/ or coaches, De La Salle star Jeron Teng emerged as the topnotcher with two votes from University of the East courtside reporter Pauline Verzosa and University of the Philippines correspondent Nina Alvia.
Coming in second with a vote each are Ateneo forward Von Pessumal, Far Eastern University guard Achie Inigo, National University standouts Gelo Alolino and Pao Javellona, University of Santo Tomas Tiger Kent Lao, La Salle greenhorn Joshua Torralba, Adamson banger Ivan Villanueva and - would you believe - La Salle coach Juno Sauler.
Ateneo courtside reporter Laura Lehmann was, shall we say, a little biased with her choice. She happens to be the girlfriend of fifth-year Blue Eagles gunner Pessumal.
“Syempre si Von,” she laughed.
Ira Pablo, this year’s National University courtside reporter, gave the names of not just one but three UAAP players who she thinks are cute.
“I find Achie Inigo from FEU (Far Eastern University) cute,” said Pablo, who was beside Alolino during the interview. “Tapos siguro here sa NU si Gelo and si Pao-Pao.”
University of Santo Tomas courtside reporter Angelique Manto warned her choice was also biased.
“Si Kent Lao, biased opinion ‘yun,” she said with a giggle.
Adamson courtside reporter Stephanie Monce picked La Salle rookie Torralba and Falcon Villanueva, while returning La Salle courtside reporter Janine Tsoi couldn’t make up her mind on a single player, so she chose La Salle coach Sauler.