Athletes to watch out for in 2016

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 28, 2015 08:31 AM
Athletes to watch out for in 2016
Pauline Lopez is targeting bigger stages, the Olympics actually. Watch out for her and these other athletes in 2016.

We saw the breakout stars of 2015, now it's time to focus on the likely candidates for next year.

You may know a lot of athletes here and some are relatively new faces.

But trust us on this, remember these names and watch them play next year.

ABS-CBN Sports presents the players to watch out for in 2016.

J-Jay Alejandro, NU Bulldogs.

If you paid attention to the rocky UAAP title defense by the NU Bulldogs, you probably saw J-Jay Alejandro save the former champs from early elimination once of twice.

And with Gelo Alolino gone, Alejandro is about to take over the Bulldogs in a complete different way.

A gifted scorer, Alejandro can wax hot from the floor at any given time and carry a team offensively by himself. It helps that he's clutch too.

Look our for a stronf Season 79 for J-Jay Pogi.


Marvin Lee, UST Growling Tigers.

The UST Growling Tigers may have found their point guard of the future in Marvin Lee.

The scrappy floor general with a beautiful stroke from rainbow territory had himself quite a rookie year in the crowded backcourt rotation for UST.

His game 3 performance in the UAAP Finals almost helped the Tigers end a nine-year title drought and with that much experience under his belt in just his first year, big things are expected of Lee.

With Renzo Subido recovering from injury and the growth of Lee, the Tigers have quite a potential point guard duo at their hands.

Adrian Wong, Ateneo Blue Eagles.

The spot for King Eagle-ship is now vacant and Adrian Wong is one of the strong candidates to take over that title for years to come.

A steady performer throughout Season 78, Wong was a big revelation in the Final Four for Ateneo.

With Kiefer Ravena off to the pros, Wong could very much be the heir apparent over in Katipunan. He already has the tools now, a mean three-point shot and supreme athleticism, Adrian Wong is the real deal.


Ben Simmons, LSU Tigers.

We may have found the next trascendent basketball talent in the name of Ben Simmons.

A unique mix of size, athleticism and overall mastery of the game, Simmons is the number 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft barring any surprises a la Anthony Bennett.

Simmons is rocking the college game for the Tigers and is averaging a monster line.

His best statline yet? Nothing much, just 43 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks and 15 out of 20 shooting.



Pauline Lopez, women's taekwondo.

Another reason to pay attention to sports other than basketball and volleyball.

After winning gold in the women's -57 kilogram category at the Sea Games, Pauline Lopez is now setting her sights on bigger things.

And 2016 is where her journey takes another step forward toward the ultimate dream: playing in the Olympics.

One of the hardest working young atheletes we have now, Lopez is not afraid to sacrifice to bring honor to the country, so try and support her journey now people.

When she's regularly contentind for gold medals not just in the Sea Games but in bigger competitions like the Asiad, Wolrd Championships and who knows, even in the Olympics, we can all say "we were there at the start."


Mark Magsayo, ALA boxing.

Mark Magsayo is a sure thing, you can watch him prove his rising stock when he headlines Pinoy Pride 35.

The latest Filipino boxing prospect is highly-impressive, with a professional record of.

He's only 20 years old.

When he's world champion, we'll have no problem saying "we told you so."

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