9 types of UAAP and NCAA ballers we met in 2015
Barry Viloria on Dec 09, 2015 03:28 AM
Who’s the silent worker, the heartthrob, the David, the Goliath? We’ve categorized the two biggest leagues’ best players this year according to their personalities—let us know if you agree with us! (Photo by Paul del Rosario for UAAP Magazine)
“There’s a certain appeal about a basketball player especially when he’s in his jersey and on the court”—we have at least five (girl)friends who have separately told us this through the years while covering the sports scene, reinforcing the fact that it isn’t that difficult to be a heartthrob. Kidding! If only we all had the height and skillz, of course. Both the UAAP and NCAA, the two biggest collegiate sports leagues in the country, do boast of instant stars hailing from the hard court. And the recent seasons certainly proved just that.
Here, we “commemorate” these so-called star players and sorted them according to their personality on and off the court. Let us know if you agree with us!
Ahh, the ever-reliable team captain, eloquent in post-game interviews and poised as he kept his team oiled from game to game. His leadership is key as his team takes on one game to another. For him, winning is the number one motivator; his efforts towards this goal, selfless—even choosing to take the backseat to assist but nevertheless confident enough to take control at the most crucial minutes.
Kevin Ferrer, UST Growling Tigers
Baser Amer, San Beda Red Lions
Gelo Alolino, NU Bulldogs
Jett Manuel, UP Fighting Maroons
Chris Javier, UE Red Warriors
He’s either a descendant of some famed name in basketball or a young hero coming off with titles and honors back in junior league. He’s raring to prove himself on the court, if only he got more playing time. He’ll have his time. You. Just. Wait.
Aaron Black, Ateneo Blue Eagles
Andrei Caracut, DLSU Green Archers
Ice Reyes, San Beda Red Lions
Noah Webb, UP Fighting Maroons
Matt and Mike Nieto, Ateneo Blue Eagles
Jaydee Tungcab, Adamson Soaring Falcons
The Silent Worker
Becoming a star never seemed to slip his mind, as he’s usually shy and soft-spoken and is as focused as ever on the game. This guy of few or no words, though, offsets his sheepishness with an impressive sense of offense that inevitably transforms him into a star.
Ed Daquioag, UST Growling Tigers
Mac Belo, FEU Tamaraws
Mike Tolomia, FEU Tamaraws
Alfred Aroga, NU Bulldogs
Rey Nambatac, Letran Knights
Jordan dela Paz, JRU Heavy Bombers
The Small But Terrible
The point guard who uses his height disadvantage to his advantage. Sharp, quick, sneaky. ‘Nuff said.
Mark Cruz, Letran Knights
Francis Munsayac, EAC Generals
Paolo Pontejos, JRU Heavy Bombers
Marvin Lee, UST Growling Tigers
Diego Dario, UP Fighting Maroons
Fran Yu, UE Red Warriors
The Gentle Giant
The trusty center whose size and power you can see and feel from space. Most of the time, he also guises as The Silent Worker ready to claim rebounds and to tussle for a shot.
Prince Orizu, FEU Tamaraws
Karim Abdul, UST Growling Tigers
RR de Leon, UE Red Warriors
Ola Adeogun, San Beda Red Lions
Seraj Elmejrab, Lyceum University Pirates
The Resident Jock
He’s the expert in multitasking—showing ease as he juggles his schoolwork, his sports, and his social life. He’s every baller’s man-crush and ultimate #lifepeg—academic excellence attached to his name, maybe some endorsement on the side, and a WAG on his arms. Let’s hear it for the boy!
Von Pessumal, Ateneo Blue Eagles
JR Gallarza, UP Fighting Maroons
Fonso Saavedra, Benilde Blazers
The Ultimate Celebrity
Easily the most followed across all media including his face on billboards and appearances on some vexing YouTube ad, and whose every body part, it seems, is already sponsored. Yes, he’s soooo good and good-looking that brands actually tap him as an endorser or ambassador of sorts, and TV networks land him stints every now and then. A career in the pros has long been paved for this hero. The only hurdle on his way to superstardom? Controversies, and they’re usually about his romantic affairs.
Kiefer Ravena, Ateneo Blue Eagles
Jeron Teng, DLSU Green Archers
Thomas Torres, DLSU Green Archers
The Campus Hottie
“Bae,” “cutie,” “habulin”—these are just a few nicknames he’s been called. Of course, as charming and physically attractive that he is, being a heartthrob isn’t his problem. It has never been. Talented as well, he’s one who can easily shoot up to being The Celebrity—and that’s whether or not he’s in his jersey. He’s also a heavily followed dude online. So, if he ever thinks of quitting basketball, the window of show business and modeling will surely fling itself open to welcome him.
Paolo Javelona, NU Bulldogs
Zach Nicholls, AU Chiefs
Josh Torralba, DLSU Green Archers
Henry Asilum, UP Fighting Maroons
Louie Vigll, UST Growling Tigers
Anton Tamayo, Perpetual Help Altas
Jonathan Grey, Benilde Blazers
Spencer Pretta, San Sebastian Stags
The Rising Star
A hybrid of The Celebrity, The Silent Worker, and The Leader, he’s the guy who’s fast making a name for himself with his level of play and sense of athleticism. He’s also got that matinee idol face and athlete attitude going on, which may or may not elevate him to legit star status. He’s part of the list of PBA shoo-ins—top pick in the draft, check!
Art dela Cruz, San Beda Red Lions
Kevin Racal, Letran Knights
Josan Nimes, Mapua Cardinals
Bradwyn Guinto, San Sebastian Stags
Additional photos and research by Vyn Radovan.