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This PBA All-Ateneo team simply has 'a little bit of everything'
by Reynald Magallon, May 29, 2020 12:55pm
Titles and dominant runs in the UAAP and NCAA tell a lot about the school programs' triumphs. However, many believe that one of the gauges of the success of these programs depends on the numbers of the PBA stars and national team players they have produced.
With that, Courtside Philippines took the excruciating task of looking at the current PBA rosters and form the best possible team that can be built from the alumni of the top schools in the country.
The criteria are simple. The player should be in the active roster of the 12 PBA teams and have at least played a one conference in the PBA. (Rookies of this year will not be included since we have yet to see how they would fare in the pro-league)
Let's start with the school with the most number of alumni in the PBA right now - the Ateneo De Manila University.
Throughout the years, the Blue Eagles nest have produced notable players in the PBA. And the tradition continues this year with them having the most number of alumni.
Perhaps, Ateneo's winning tradition in the UAAP was one of the major factors why PBA coaches decide to tap the services of the former Blue Eagles.
Of course, the quality of player will never be a question. An All-Ateneo PBA team is even enough to contend for the PBA crowns.
Courtside Philippines' PBA All-Ateneo Starting Five:
PG: LA Tenorio
SG: Kiefer Ravena
SF: Chris Newsome
PF: Japeth Aguilar
C: Poy Erram
Reserves: Larry Fonacier, Von Pessumal, Juami Tiongson, Justin Chua, Nico Salva, Noy Baclao
The All-Ateneo PBA team simply has 'a little bit of everything'. They got the perfect blend of youth and experience, size and length, speed and athleticism.
Tenorio staring at the point provides the Blue Eagles with the stabilizing presence. His superb playmaking and veteran smarts should also bode well to the young and athletic wings in Ravena and Newsome, two of the up and coming PBA stars. The Tenorio- Ravena-Newsome would also be a pesky combination on the defensive end.
At the frontcourt, this All-Ateneo team boasts national team twin towers in Erram and Aguilar. They can easily assert their size inside on the offensive end and their length should be enough to bother opposing team's offenses in the defensive end. It will be a tough wall to climb against.
Off the bench, sharpshooters in Fonacier and Pessumal are ready to provide scoring for the second-stringers. Fonacier will also be the veteran presence for them with much improved Tiongson and Salva making their presence felt with solid minutes.
If starting big men get into foul trouble, the bench will have enough talent with Chua and Baclao to hold the forth for the team.
No doubt, this team has the talent to contend against the current PBA teams. What makes this team scary however is its winning tradition, counting all of the titles each player had in their collegiate careers, this team has six UAAP championships under its belt.
Tenorio, Aguilar, Pessumal and Fonacier all retained that winning culture after being vital cogs in several PBA championship teams. That was exactly what the likes of Ravena, Newsome, Chua and Erram wants in their pro-career which just made them hungrier for the triumph.
How do you think this PBA All-Ateneo team would fare against the current PBA squads?
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