After a week long hiatus, Court Vision is back to provide you two weeks’ worth of Philippine Basketball goodness from different kinds of media! That means we got stuff from websites, blogs, video sharing websites and even posts from social media. So what happened around the Philippine Basketball scene these past few weeks?
Let’s get it started!
Get to know the best Bacolod basketball product since James Yap
Enzo Flojo, Rivals.Ph
MANILA — We all know who James Yap is. He’s the face of the Purefoods Star franchise in the PBA. He’s a Grand Slam Champion, a two-time season MVP, a four-time Finals MVP, and a 12-time All-Star. He’s also a former UAAP MVP with the UE Red Warriors. Before that, he played for Iloilo Central Commercial HS, and before that, he was a student-athlete at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School.
Surely, that kind of legacy cements Yap, one of the all-time greats in Philippine basketball, as the best Bacolod product ever, right?
Until we begin talking about high schooler Sam Josef, or SJ, Belangel.
SJ’s legend precedes him. I mean, ask anybody who follows basketball in Bacolod and Iloilo and he/she will tell you about how SJ scored a hundred points in a game and 60+ in another.
Pretty awesome, right? Especially when you consider that he did all those things before turning 14 years old. Read more.
Six-foot-three Grade 9 wingman to display versatility with Batang Gilas
Enzo Flojo, Rivals.ph
MANILA — I remember walking on the main walkway of the Ateneo de Manila High School one afternoon early in the 2014-2015 academic year. There wasn’t really anything out of the ordinary — throngs of adolescent males running around and the smell of teen spirit conquering the ambience — save for one.
At 6-foot-3, RV Berjay literally stands out among his fellow high school freshmen (They’re actually Grade 9 students, which means they will “graduate” at the end of Grade 10 in 2016. Yes, K-12 is still confusing even for someone like me who’s swimming in it every day.). He’s easily one of the tallest guys in his batch, and definitely a kid every hoop nut worth his sneakers needs to watch out for in the years to come. Read more.
Top rookie prospect Moala Tautuaa explains meeting with Pangilinan as PBA rules out ‘tampering’ issue
Karlo Sacamos, Spin.ph
THE PBA said there was no “tampering” issue about Moala Tautuaa and Talk ‘N Text owner Manny V. Pangilinan being seen together at courtside last Wednesday in Game One of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
Tautuaa, a top draft prospect, sat beside MVP in the stands behind the Tropang Texters bench in the second half of the team’s 100-94 loss to Purefoods at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Walang kaso kasi walang contract pa si Tautuaa at ‘di pa natin alam kung papasok siya at sinong makakakuha sa kanya,” media bureau chief Willie Marcial told Spin.ph on Friday.
The Tropang Texters own Blackwater’s first-round pick, which could turn out to be the No. 1 overall selection as the Elite are currently in last place with only three wins to show after two conferences this season. Read more.
La Salle recruit Enzo Navarro wants to pattern game after Pistons ‘Bad Boys’ leader Isiah Thomas
Reuben Terrado, Spin.ph
WHILE today’s young players normally emulate the Lebrons and Kobes of their generation, such is not the case for incoming La Salle freshman and former Batang Gilas member Enzo Navarro.
The point guard out of San Sebastian may be too young to be familiar with the NBA stars of the late 80s and early 90s, yet Navarro looks up to Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons’ ‘Bad Boys’ as his idol.
Navarro said he wants to emulate the grit and leadership of the court general who led the Pistons to two straight NBA titles. Read more.
Do we really need Asian imports under 6-foot-3 in the PBA?
Angelo Falcon, Rivals.ph
MANILA — With the Governor’s Cup just around the corner, an ‘Asian invasion’ is already in the works.
By the start of the PBA’s final conference, teams will be allowed to hire an Asian import with a height ceiling of no more than 6-foot-3, in addition to getting the usual imports with a height ceiling of 6-foot-5 for teams ranked 1-8 after two conferences.
Meanwhile, the last four teams get the luxury of selecting an import with ‘unlimited’ height.
At the very least, this makes the Governor’s Cup a little more interesting than usual, but at the same time, the questions are, do we have more space for players below 6-foot-3? And are they even needed in the first place? Read more.
Barangay Ginebra’s Asian Import from Mongolia
Five Frankie Lim disciples Ginebra can take a look at
Dennis Principe, Rivals.ph
MANILA – Crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra remains as one of the teams with the most formidable lineups in the PBA, at least on paper.
For some, it would be foolish for management to conduct a revamp of its current roster, which has failed to figure prominently the last few seasons.
But with Frankie Lim coaching the team for the first time in lieu of Ato Agustin, it won’t be a surprise if the multi-titled former San Beda head coach would tweak the team’s line-up before the upcoming Governors’ Cup. Read more.