Kiefer, Kobe team up in Bo Perasol's UAAP First 5

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 29, 2020 04:16 PM
Kiefer, Kobe team up in Bo Perasol's UAAP First 5
Bo Perasol has had many, many tantalizing talents under his guidance

Bo Perasol has been calling the shots for the University of the Philippines from 2016 to present.

Before this, the always amiable mentor was at the helm for Ateneo de Manila University from 2013 to 2015.

Through all of that, he has had a hand in the discovery and the development of young talent for his teams as well as the game planning for the opposing rising stars.

Among all of those, who are the best of the best for him? Here is Bo Perasol's UAAP First 5, as listed down by him in an online question-and-answer session organized by Hoops Coaches International:

KIEFER RAVENA

Ravena was the main man for each and every one of Perasol's seasons in Ateneo - the last two of which produced back-to-back MVPs for the former.

What it fell short of producing, however, was a championship which was a different feeling - relative to them, at least - as Ateneo was coming off a five-peat.

Still, under Perasol, Ravena was allowed to spread his wings to its widest reach and fly to the greatest of heights.

KOBE PARAS

Paras decided to come home to the Philippines and play for UP - coincidentally, his father's alma mater.

What he found in the Fighting Maroons was a mean machine that had been newly assembled into a legitimate contender under Perasol's direction.

In the first of his two years for State U, Paras wasted no time in putting on display just how much of a two-way force he could be.

PAUL DESIDERIO

Perasol picked up the pieces of the puzzle for UP and then put them all together into a working and winning machine.

The heart and soul of that machine, however, was, without a doubt, Desiderio - he of "Atin 'to, papasok 'to" lore.

Desiderio was never the most talented player on the court, but his love for the game and love for UP inspired all of the Fighting Maroons all the way to a historic Season 81.

CHRIS NEWSOME

Ravena, for the most part, got the headlines and highlights, but it should never be forgotten that right there with him was Newsome.

A do-it-all swingman could turn the tide for Ateneo just as well as he could make a memorable play on either end.

With Newsome and Ravena, Perasol's Blue Eagles had an argument to have had the most talented backcourt.

ANDREW HARRIS

Perasol has coached Season 81 MVP Akhuetie, but for his man in the middle, decided to go with Harris "for character."

For sure, the 6-foot-4 big man is not a star player, but he never failed to go all-out each and every moment he was on the court.

That energy and effort consistently brought by the now-Philippine national team player in handball is why Perasol has him on his personal list.

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