Ateneo, San Beda or FEU? This school has most number of active PBA players

Jan 17, 2019

HAVING “collegiate champion” on your resume gives you a definite edge.

That’s because schools with alumni who have tasted success at the UAAP or NCAA level still top the list of educational institutions with the most number of active PBA players, according to the opening-day rosters the league released before its 44th season.

Ateneo remains No. 1 with 19 former Blue Eagles suiting up for clubs across Asia’s first pro league, with the addition of rookies Kris Porter of NLEX and Alaska’s G-Boy Babilonia. The Jesuit-run university's total, however, is one less from last season.

The list includes Kiefer Ravena who’s officially not part of the Road Warriors' Philippine Cup roster owing to his ongoing Fiba suspension, but has a live contract and is expected to return in the Commissioner’s Cup.

San Beda overtakes FEU as the school with the second-most active players from 14 last year to 15 this season with the entry of Robert Bolick Jr. at NorthPort and Javee Mocon at Meralco.

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From 15 players last season, the Tamaraws’ tally slightly dropped to 14 even with rookie Ron Dennison of Phoenix becoming the latest FEU alumnus to realize his pro hoop dreams.

University of the East has supplanted La Salle at No. 4 with 11 Red Warriors suiting up this season, one more than the Green Archers, who share fifth spot with Letran.

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University of Santo Tomas and National University are tied at No. 7 with eight alumni apiece, status quo from last year’s total.

The University of the Philippines cracked the Top 10, claiming a piece of ninth place with San Sebastian after adding four more alumni from last year’s three graduates in rookies Paul Desiderio, Diego Dario, and Kyles Lao, together with the return of ROS veteran Jireh Ibañes from injury.

Outside the Top 10 and big schools, Technological Institute of the Philippines and Rizal Technological University are finally represented in the PBA in TIP’s Jorey Napoles of Phoenix and RTU product Cyrus Tabi of Columbian Dyip.

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Take a look at the rest of the schools and their proud alumni who managed to make the jump to the country's most coveted cage league:

1. Ateneo (19) – Von Pessumal, Frank Golla, Nico Salva, Chris Newsome, Emman Monfort, Juami Tiongson, Larry Fonacier, Kiefer Ravena, JC Intal, Justin Chua, Doug Kramer, Noy Baclao, LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, Nico Elorde, G-Boy Babilonia, Kris Porter

2. San Beda (15) - Bambam Gamalinda, Rome dela Rosa, Kyle Pascual, Anthony Semerad, David Semerad, Jaypee Mendoza, Baser Amer, Garvo Lanete, Anjo Caram, Jake Pascual, Davon Potts, Art dela Cruz, Dave Marcelo, Robert Bolick Jr., Javee Mocon

3. FEU (14) - Mark Barroca, Aldrech Ramos, Arwind Santos, Roger Pogoy, RR Garcia, Mike Tolomia, Jeff Chan, Ping Exciminiano, Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo, Raymar Jose, Terrence Romeo, Russel Escoto, Ron Dennison

4. UE (11) - Paul Lee, Mark Borboran, James Yap, Paul Zamar, Bong Galanza, Ronald Tubid, Niño Canaleta, Roi Sumang, Renz Palma, Chris Javier, Paul Varilla

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5. La Salle (10)- Norbert Torres, LA Revilla, Jason Perkins, Willy Wilson, Jeron Teng, JVee Casio, Mike Cortez, Julian Sargent, Ryan Araña, Abu Tratter

Letran (10) – Raymond Almazan, Rey Nambatac, Bryan Faundo, Kevin Alas, Rey Guevarra, RJ Jazul, Kevin Racal, JP Calvo, Bong Quinto, Jom Sollano

7. University of Santo Tomas (8) - Ed Daquioag, Louie Vigil, Cyrus Baguio, Kevin Ferrer, Jervy Cruz, Aljon Mariano, Allein Maliksi, Jeepy Faundo

NU (8) – Jewel Ponferrada, Troy Rosario, Reden Celda, Glenn Khobuntin, Gelo Alolino, Marion Magat, Raymond Aguilar, Jayjay Alejandro

9. San Sebastian (7) - Ian Sangalang, Dexter Maiquez, Jason Ballesteros, Michael Miranda, Calvin Abueva, Bradwyn Guinto, Michael Calisaan

University of the Philippines (7) – Jireh Ibañes, Jay-R Reyes, Raul Soyud, Mike Gamboa, Diego Dario, Paul Desiderio, Kyles Lao

Adamson (5) - Rodney Brondial, Jericho Cruz, Don Trollano, Eric Camson, Jansen Rios

Arellano (5) – Jio Jalalon, Keith Agovida, Prince Caperal, John Pinto, Lervin Flores

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Philippine Christian University (4) – Beau Belga, Gabby Espinas, Jayson Castro, Jackson Corpuz

Lyceum (4) – Chico Lanete, Joseph Gabayni, MJ Ayaay, CJ Perez

Jose Rizal University (3) – Philip Paniamogan, James Sena, Teytey Teodoro

Mapua (3) – Kenneth Ighalo, Joseph Eriobu, Yousef Taha

University of Cebu (2) – Brian Heruela, June Mar Fajardo

Philippine School of Business Administration (2) – Marc Pingris, Vic Manuel

St. Francis of Assisi (2) – Yancy de Ocampo, Ranidel de Ocampo

College of St. Benilde (2) – Paolo Taha, Jonathan Grey

University of Manila (1) – Reynel Hugnatan

University of Perpetual Help (1) – Scottie Thompson

Centro Escolar University (1) – Mon Abundo

Emilio Aguinaldo College (1) – Sydney Onwubere

TIP (1) – Jorey Napoles

St. Clare (1) – Jammer Jamito

Earist (1) – Andreas Cahilig

RTU (1) – Cyrus Tabi

Colegio de San Lorenzo (1) – Jon Jon Gabriel

University of Mindanao (1) – PJ Simon

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University of Visayas (1) – JR Quiñahan

Southwestern University (1) – Mark Tallo

Standouts who studied abroad slightly increased from 35 to 36 this year. Jay Washington, an Eckerd product, is yet to be part of this list of foreign-raised players as Rain or Shine has yet to put him on their roster.

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

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

Bakersfield – Billy Mamaril

Biola University – Sol Mercado

BYU-Hawaii – Asi Taulava

Cal Poly Pomona – Matt Ganuelas Rosser

Coppin State – Rafi Reavis

Chadron State College – Mo Tautuaa

George Mason University – Gabe Norwood

Glendale – Mark Caguioa

Hawaii – Christian Standhardinger

Hawaii-Hilo – Alex Cabagnot

James Cook University – Sonny Thoss

John Brown University – Abel Galliguez

Lewis-Clark State College – Alex Mallari

Long Beach State – Jerramy King

Marshall – Chris Ross

McGill University – Sean Anthony

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McKendree University – Mike DiGregorio

NDNU – Simon Enciso

Oakland – Kelly Williams

Old Westbury – Rashawn McCarthy

Penn State – Stanley Pringle

Reedley – Cliff Hodge

Sacramento State – Trevis Jackson

San Francisco State University – Robbie Herndon

Seattle Pacific University – Chris Banchero

Sonoma State – Harvey Carey

SRJC – Kelly Nabong

St. Bonaventure – Matthew Wright

University of Hawaii – Jared Dillinger

University of Minnesota – Maverick Ahanmisi

University of Mount Olive – Justin Melton

UTEP – Joe Devance

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