MINIONS UNITE: 'Small but terrible' UAAP ballers

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 18, 2017 01:53 PM
MINIONS UNITE: 'Small but terrible' UAAP ballers

Height usually equates to might when it comes to basketball, where domineering giants roam the length of the court with relative ease.

But don't tell that to these diminutive UAAP players, who manage to cause problems for their more vertically-gifted counterparts with their speed, agility, and overall peskiness.

These types of ballers' presence is felt so much that they've been nicknamed by UAAP anchor Mico Halili as "Minions" after the popular yellow creatures from a widely-successful animated film franchise.

These are the players who may not suit the mold for the prototypical skyscrapers normally associated to cagers, but they are still able to ball it up, and light the UAAP on fire.

What they lack in height however, they more than make up with their boundless energy and hunger to prove doubters wrong.



School: Adamson University
Height: 5'7"
Current Averages: 12.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1 spg

Don't let his height fool you, Robbie Manalang is a dangerous offensive force.

The smaller half of the Adamson Falcons' Splash Brothers, Manalang has been a key cog in the Falcons' surprise Final Four push last season.

His solid handles and smart finishing inside perfectly complements his a lethal jumper from downtown, as he can easily break free to do as he please.

Pair that with his solid form and quick-trigger release, it's no surprise that he's found success in punishing much taller rivals.



School: Ateneo de Manila University
Height: 5'10"
Current Averages: 10.7 ppg, 2 rpg, 0.7 apg

Though not as small as other Minions on this list, Anton Asistio still has that signature hunger displayed by other diminutive players.

Give Anton Asistio even a sliver of an opening to the lane and he'll have no trouble slicing through the defense to either lay it up, or draw the foul.

His fearless drives to the bucket and his killer insticts on both ends of the floor makes him a perfect fit for the defense-oriented Ateneo squad.



School: De La Salle University
Height: 5'7"
Current Averages: 24.5 ppg, 4 rpg, 5 apg, 2.5 spg

Perhaps the most dangerous Minion on this list, reigning UAAP Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio can do it all offensively.

He was an MVP in the Juniors, and has been a solid contributor for coach Aldin Ayo and the reigning champions DLSU.

The spitfire guard's boundless energy and the  Green Archers' Mayhem is a match made in basketball heaven, as he can cover the length of the court through 40 minutes, and provide the spark on the offensive end as well.



School: Far Eastern University
Height: 5'9"
Current Averages: 4.3 ppg, 1.7 apg

Jojo Trinidad continues the trend of our sharp-shooting Minions.

Backstopping the likes of FEU's Axel Inigo and Wendel Comboy in the backcourt, Jojo Trinidad showed flashes of brilliance last season with his lights-out shooting from downtown and how quickly he heats up.


School: University of Sto. Tomas
Height: 5'8"
Current Averages: 17 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.5 spg

Marvin Lee is UST's emotional leader, its heart and soul. Think Draymond Green for the Golden State Warriors.

Another point of comparison between the two players is that they're undersized.

At 5'8", Lee should be having a hard time getting buckets against the tall trees of the UAAP, but he still gets them at a high rate.

Count it to his heart, or credit his strong basketball foundation. Eitherway, it just adds to the respect and admiration Lee, and all these diminutive players should be getting.

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