Which UAAP team has the most current players in the PBA?
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 20, 2017 06:52 PM
The last UAAP dynasty belonged to Ateneo De Manila University. And while LA Tenorio wasn't a part of that, far from it even, Brgy. Ginebra's leading floor general leads Katipunan's charge in the Philippine Basketball Association.
The UAAP isn't the sole provider of talent in the PBA, but the league has produced a lot of pro stars that's for sure.
Seriously, a lot.
All eight schools were well represented when opening-day lineups were released for the 42nd season of the PBA and Big Bad Blue leads the way with almost 20 players in the Association.
And by Big Bad Blue we mean Ateneo de Manila University in Katipunan.
Obviously, LA Tenorio is the biggest name in the PBA to come out of Ateneo followed by fellow Ginebra teammates Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter.
Chris Newsome, Von Pessumal, and JP Erram represent the young ones best while veterans like Larry Fonacier, JC Intal, Chris Tiu are still going strong.
Coming in second to Ateneo is Far Eastern University with 16 players in the PBA.
The Tamaraws built a champion UAAP team under former head coach Nash Racela and most of that powerful FEU core simply just took their act to the pros.
Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia, RR Pogoy, Carl Bryan Cruz, Mike Tolomia, Ruseel Escoto, and Mac Belo are just some of the new-day FEU stars that are in the PBA right now.
Of course, players like Arwind Santos and Jeff Chan are also proof that Morayta has been a source of talent for the PBA for a while now.
Third in the list is La Salle but the Green Archers in the PBA are mostly veterans with guys like JVee Casio, Joseph Yeo, and even the returning Mac Cardona carrying the banner for Taft.
The number of DLSU players in the PBA should get a big boost in the coming seasons as a plethora of former standouts are preparing to enter the league.
NU is fourth with 10 players with TNT's Troy Rosario, a former no. 2 pick, leading the way while Adamson and UE are tied for 5th place with eight players each.
PBA champions and former ROS teammates Jericho Cruz and Paul Lee represent the Falcons and the Warriors respectively.
Of course, former two-time league MVP James Yap used to call UE home as well.
The UST Growling Tigers have seven players in the PBA led by Gilas cadets Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquioag. They are joined by veterans like Jervy Cruz and Dylan Ababou, both former UAAP MVPs.
UP completes the list with three players led by Jay-R Reyes.