Arwind Santos, Enrico Villanueva make cut for coach Franz's UAAP First 5

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 24, 2020 04:09 PM
Arwind, Enrico make cut for coach Franz's UAAP First 5
Without a doubt, multi-titled mentor Franz Pumaren knows greatness when he sees it

Franz Pumaren has been calling the shots for Adamson University from 2016 to present. 

Before this, the multi-titled was at the helm of De La Salle University from 1998 to 2009. 

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 Franz Pumaren UAAP First 5, as he told ABS-CBN Sports: 


Cortez set the standard for La Salle's point guards during his time in green and white. 

Not only cool, but calm and collected as well, he was a big piece behind the Green Archers' two titles in the early 2000s. 

Many more primetime playmakers and their patented moves have followed suit in Taft Avenue, but Mike Cortez slicing and dicing through the lane for a fantastic finish remains up there with the best of them. 


No. 4 is a jersey number that may not be used in La Salle. 

That's because that jersey number is right up there rafters in the Enrique M. Razon Sports Center and is owned by one man and one man only - Ritualo. 

After shooting the Green Archers to their four-peat, "The Rainman" is, without a doubt, a lifetime legend in Taft Avenue. 


The early-to-mid-2000s in the UAAP saw Far Eastern University come back with a vengeance for its throne. 

The driving force behind that? Santos who took the league by storm with his all-around impact. 

Behind the back-to-back MVP, the Tamaraws proved to be a thorn on the side of coach Franz and La Salle as the former took home two titles at the latter's expense. 


Ateneo de Manila University, at long last, came alive once more in the early 2000s. 

On the back of homegrown talent Villanueva, the Blue Eagles spread their wings into contention and even swooped onto the mountaintop in 2002. 

Not only did the UAAP 65 MVP carry the blue and white back to the promised land, he was also a key reason in the much-welcome revival of the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry. 


In the same way Cortez set the standard for La Salle's point guards, so did Allado do for their big men. 

A post presence who can muscle his way inside, the 6-foot-6 also had respectable range - something surprising in that era of basketball. 

Not only that, the two-time MVP was a ravenous rebounder as well and a tried and true leader in the Green Archers' four-peat. 


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