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Stats Don’t Lie: Potential 2015 PBA Draftees from the UAAP



The UAAP season is done and now that some seniors have played out their last years of eligibility, they’ll be looking to enter their names in the PBA draft. Of course, getting drafted is a totally different story. Not only does one have to contend with other stars from the UAAP, but they have to deal with solid prospects from the NCAA and CESAFI. And let’s not forget the ABL (two top 5 picks – Stanley Pringle and Chris Banchero – plied their trade in ABL before entering the PBA) and Fil-foreigners from all over the globe.

That said, it would be prudent for a PBA draftee to honestly look at his strengths and weaknesses to see where he can improve in order to improve his draft stock. Here’s a look at some players who stand a decent chance of hearing their names called out by Commissioner Salud next year.

Almond Vosotros



If there’s one word to describe Almond it would be that he’s a GUNNER. We’re talking about a guy who launched 8 or more 3s six times last season. At 29.4% he wasn’t particularly accurate, but that wasn’t entirely his fault. With Thomas Torres out a majority of the season, Coach Sauler had no choice but to insert Vostoros at the point (more on this later). A lot of times, Almond was forced to throw up poor shots at the end of the shot clock, bringing down his percentages.


Counting just catch-and-shoot (spot-up) 3-pointers, Vosotros shot a very respectable 36.1%. This number goes up to an even 40.0% if left completely wide open. He also shot 38.5% on kick out passes from the post, so he’s a proven floor spacer. If Vosotros can sustain this type of shooting, he could carve out a role as sniper off the bench in the pros.

Room for improvement: As good as he was at making spot-up shots, Vosotros was a poor off-the-dribble pull-up jump shooter. One way to help improve his %s in the eyes of scouts would be to take less pull-up jumpers per game. Barely standing 5’10, Vosotros will have a hard time launching a quality shot against bigger and taller defenders in the pros. Last season, Almond shot just 15/72 on dribble pull-up jumpers for a paltry 20.8%.

As mentioned above, Vosotros was also miscast as a point guard last season. For a guy who had the ball in his hands a lot, he only averaged 2.1 assists per game last season. This is a poor figure considering that he had four other pro prospects on his team – Norbert Torres, AVO, Jeron Teng, and Perkins.

Over the course of the season, Almond only assisted his teammates 6 times (they ended up 6/15) when using a ball screen. With the pro league relying heavily on ball screens, the lack of creativity in the ball screen could put a limit on Vosotros’ stock amongst pro coaches.

If Almond wants to make a serious run at getting drafted, he will have to make a full-time conversion to the point guard position and show that he can setup his teammates.

Troy Rosario


Strengths: Talk about making a quantum leap last season. After averaging just 3.7 PPG and 2.6 RPG last season, Rosario ran away with the Most Improved Player award as he upped his averages to nearly a double-double. Granted he didn’t quite have the opportunity to showcase his talents last season with Ray Parks Jr. and Jean Mbe in town, but nevertheless, the improvement in his numbers are impressive.

Troy’s biggest strengths are that he is a superb athlete who beat other big men down the floor (10/11 in fastbreak situations) or up in the sky for putbacks (54.2% in second chance opportunity plays). He also uses his quick first step to beat other big men off the dribble, registering a Points Per Play (PPP) of 0.78 on drives to the basket on 46.7% shooting.

With National University’s offense also relying heavily on post play, there were several chances for Troy to go 1v1 in the post. Troy delivered, also posting a 0.78 PPP on isolation post plays, finishing 47.1% of such plays.

Some stats that stand out for Rosario was how he was used in ball screens. Over the course of the season, our MIP had 22 ball screen possessions as a roll-man, popper or 3rd party, scoring on 9 of 22 shots for a respectable 42.9%. Standing 6’7” with an above-average athleticism, his versatility would be a major asset for a PBA coach, as he could be deployed at the 3, 4 or 5 positions.

On the defensive end, Rosario would make an easy transition to the pro game, not only because of his athleticism but also due to his basketball IQ. Let’s not forget, while guys like Paolo Javellona and Alfred Aroga were being heralded as the “Kiefer stopper” and the “Block Mamba”, Rosario quietly made the right rotations and was one of NU’s best help defenders. Four years under the meticulous Eric Altamirano will do that for you and surely the PBA will take notice.

Room for improvement: There are two areas that Rosario can work on to improve his draft position.

First is his ball-handling. As good a finisher as he was on drives to the basket, Troy was also rather turnover prone when attacking, turning the ball over at a rate of 20.0%. Being 6’7” made it easy for help defenders to poke the ball away. Being stronger with the ball and making solid moves towards the basket instead of taking useless dribbles could bring this number down.


Second, Rosario needs to make solid improvements on his outside shot. He finished just 5/30 on 3s last season and shot just 57% from the free throw line. The good news is that he actually shot 44.2% from mid-range – a solid figure for a big man. He has good mechanics on his shot, as he gets good lift from his legs when he takes a jumper, so there’s no doubt that some off-season work could help bump up his 3-point and free throw percentages.

Chris Newsome



One half of the dynamic duo for the Eagles, Newsome was a steady presence for Coach Bo Perasol last season. The do-it-all wing only had 3 single digit scoring games last season, while shooting a solid 46.5% from the field and drawing 5.6 free throws per game. That latter figure was boosted by an impressive 33.0% foul drawn rate on drives to the basket.


What stood out for Newsome last season was how he showed he actually had a very respectable outside jumper. In season 76, the knock on Chris was that he was just a very good athlete and nothing more. Last year, he proved all the critics wrong, as he shot 37.9% on pull-up jumpers a league-high 52.0% on catch-and-shoot spot-up jumpers.

Chris also showed that he was pretty effective in using the ball screen to score, as he posted a PPP of 0.91 on 46.2% shooting on those plays. With numbers like this, I can imagine hearing Newsome being a top-5 pick next year.

Room for improvement: Yes, Chris shot 50.0% from 3 last year, but that was on a 28 attempts overall, coming out to just under two per game. Of course, this is a double edged sword. On one hand, this could mean that he’s taking all the right shots and never forcing poor outside shots. On the other hand, it is highly unlikely he can sustain this level once the number of attempts go up.

While Chris did have a huge 33.0% foul drawn rate on direct drives to the basket, he only finished 33.0% of drives when fouls weren’t called. Fouls won’t be as easy to come by in the PBA, which is known as one of the most physical leagues around the world. Newsome will have to develop a floater or be able to finish through contact to make an impact in the pros.

As athletic as Newsome is, he isn’t a great off-ball defender. There were more than a few times that he’s been caught ball watching and his man slipped in for a backdoor cut or an offensive rebound. This may sound like nit-picking, but when its comes to the PBA, every little detail counts. Coaches’ patience will run short for guys who lack fundamentals, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Chris can brush this up.


1 Comment
  • chucker

    i disagree. if there’s one word to describe vostros, it would be CHUCKER


Christian Standhardinger goes perfect from stripe in Hong Kong’s rout of Formosa



After going a horrid 5-for-17 from the stripe during their first loss of the season last January 9, Christian Standhardinger made sure to make good on his free throws to power the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club to a dominant 99-79 rout of the Formosa Dreamers, Thursday evening in Southorn Stadium.

The 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who tallied 37 points and 19 rebounds in the overtime loss to Saigon, went a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line. He finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The contest itself was not close, as the defending champions were able to impose their will on the bottom-ranked squad, leading by as much as 23 points, 93-70, after two free throws by Standhardinger with 2:58 remaining.

If Standhardinger was having a good day with his free throws, the entire Formosa squad could not say the same, going 13-of-27 from the line.

Tyler Lamb had 25 markers as well for Hong Kong, while Ryan Moss grabbed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Lenny Daniel paced Formosa with 25 points and 11 rebounds. World Import Ronnie Aguilar had 14 points and 16 rebounds but went just 5-for-14 from the field.

With the win, Hong Kong goes to 8-1, while the Dreamers fell to 1-8.

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Chooks-to-Go President hopes 3×3 World Cup breaks Philippine Arena record



Last October 27, 2017, Game Seven of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between heated rivals Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Meralco Bolts saw 54,083 people troop to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The attendance broke all records for both the venue and the PBA.

Come June this year, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chooks-to-Go are hoping that the upcoming 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will surpass that record.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream. Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance,” said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas on Thursday afternoon during a press conference held at BGC High Street in Taguig.

“I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times. Because FIBA should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” one of the patrons of Gilas Pilipinas added.

Besides the event itself, the local government of Bulacan has pledged to make the week of the tournament filled with activities to celebrate the Philippines’ 120th year of Independence.

For their part, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help out the SBP in organizing the event and in building the team.

“We are throwing our support not to improve on our finish, but we want to help SBP organize, to win the championship — not just to improve our ranking,” Mascariñas shared.

And the experience he and his company gained after backing the Pilipinas 3×3 team during last year’s tournament will only help.

“In past tournaments, we’ve lost some games na maninipis lang talaga,” he recalled about the team composed of Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quinahan that competed in Nantes, France.

“This time around, with five months to go, we need to organize and put in the best t

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Ilocos United takes leave from PFL



Another one bites the dust

After months of speculation, Ilocos United has formally announced their absence from the Philippines Football League for the 2018 season.

A statement signed by Ilocos Chief Executive Officer Tony Lazaro and posted on the club’s Facebook page broke the big news.

“Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful,” the statement opened. “Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL.

“Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.”

Ilocos finished last during the inaugural season, tallying 1 win, 6 draws, and 21 losses with a -49 goal differential.

Still, Ilocos gave their thanks to those who supported the club during the inaugural PFL season.

“We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.”

While their PFL operations will fold for the time being, Ilocos will continue the grassroots programs they have started within the area. ¨In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.¨

The latest development will be another big blow for the young league. Meralco Manila pulled out of the competition beforehand, and now Ilocos´ absence leaves only six teams in the competition.

Now more than ever, something needs to be done by the PFL or even the Philippine Football Federation to ensure the feasibility of the clubs and the league itself for years to come.

Football is a hard sport to build in the Philippines despite its resurgence since 2010. There are limited corporate boosters for the sport which is in dire need of a financial push to sustain its growth.

Ilocos´ leave and Meralco´s folding now forces local football´s stakeholders to take a step back and examine the next moves to build the sport.

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CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino in unison: D-League is a whole other level



After falling just two games short of copping Lyceum’s first-ever NCAA crown, the Pirates went to the PBA D-League to gain experience. However, in their first foray in the second league, the Lyceans realized that it was a whole different beast.

Going up against the veteran-laden Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burgers-backed squad suffered a slow start as they adjusted to the tougher calls of the league. The Jawbreakers were down by as much as 17 points early in the third frame, 37-54.

“Yung physicality hindi naman ako masyadong nagulat pero sa mental toughness, yung pagod ka na, tapos may babanggga pa sa ‘yo, ang iniisip ko kailangan mas maging tough,” admitted reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez.

“Nangangapa kami nung una lahat kasi first game namin ito, pati dito sa court na ‘to first game din namin,” added Jaycee Marcelino.

It served as a wake-up call. Adjusting on the fly, Perez and Marcelino rallied the Jawbreakers back — even fashioning multiple attempts to take over the contest late in the game. However, they fell short, 92-94.

“Binalik lang namin yung laro namin dati, pass the ball, hindi yung puro dribble, i-run lang namin yung plays,” shared Marcelino, as he and Perez combined to score 16 points in the final frame.

The 21-year-old Marcelino finished with a game-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. The 24-year-old Perez added 19 points, five assists, two steals, and a block.

With their first game in the bag, the duo — and the rest of the Jawbreakers — now have the experience under their belts. And they plan to put in the work to prove that they belong.

“Sa NC naman kasi puro ka-level namin kalaro namin, dito puro beterano ang naglalaro,” said Marcelino. “Hindi talaga namin masabi na yung ginawa namin sa NC magagawa din namin dito.

“Mageextra work pa kami para masustain namin kung ano kami sa Lyceum.”

“It’s a good experience. Ibang iba pala talaga yung laro ng D-League sa NCAA,” expressed Perez, who is a consensus top three pick for the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.

“Sobrang grateful kami na nakalaro na rin kami sa D-League.”

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