Court Vision is back for this week to provide you with the latest in Philippine Basketball! In case you forgot, the HumbleBola team compiles different tidbits and interesting information from blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts and many more and places it for the week’s Court Vision. With the opening of the NCAA and the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs already starting, we have got a lot in store for you.
Let’s get it started!
NCAA Season 91: Starter Pack
Frankie Galledo, Tiebreaker Times
Five-time champion San Beda College looks to annex one more crown for an unprecedented sixth-straight conquest but this may be easier said than done for the other member teams have definitely souped up their rosters. At least until that ball flies up to the air.
Will this San Beda team be reminiscent of that 18-0 juggernaut during Garvo Lanete’s last year in Mendiola? Or will Perpetual finally get over the hump, seeing that it’s their best year to do so? With Letran still in rebuild mode, who else will step up alongside surprise finalist Arellano, that deep Jose Rizal bench, and that Aric Magic squad? Read more!
San Beda Coach Jarin on new job: ‘Of Course There’s Pressure’
Naveen Ganglani, Rappler
MANILA, Philippines — The San Beda Red Lions are one of the oldest and proudest basketball programs in Philippine college hoops, guaranteeing that any head coach who takes over the team will have to deal with a substantial amount of scrutiny.
New Red Lions head coach Jamike Jarin is well aware of this, most especially with the team aiming to extend their dynasty by winning a sixth straight NCAA men’s basketball championship.
“Of course there’s pressure. Any high profile job, any high profile program it’s always going to be pressure,” Jarin told the media during the press conference of NCAA Season 91 on Monday, June 22.
“I’m just happy I’m back with my alma matter and helping these young guys achieve their goal,” he said. Read more!
PBA Mock Draft Round 2
Pio Garcia, HumbleBola
Hey there! Welcome to HumbleBola’s second go-around with the PBA Draft.
Did you miss the first? Well, you can browse it here.
Are you still undecided as to who do you think your team should pick? Do you know what your team ACTUALLY needs and not just firing off blank “I think he’ll do good because…“?
If you don’t, well, let me help you there. How this mock draft is set up is through roster needs (doesn’t apply to Barako) and drafting the best talent available (which applies to loaded teams). Read more!
Naveen Ganglani, Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – If faced with the choice of selecting former UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks or rising star Troy Rosario with the no. two pick in the 2015 PBA Draft, the KIA Carnival are currently set on taking the 6-foot-7 Rosario.
That was what was told to Rappler on Thursday, June 25, by KIA team manager Eric Pineda a day fresh from the Carnival’s season-ending win against the Meralco Bolts.
“Syempre (of course), based on our requirements we need a good center, a stretch 4, or a shooting guard,” said Pineda.
“Marami naman diyan [pero] kung sakali hindi namin ibibigay yung pick namin we’ll pick Troy Rosario.” Read more!
Nike launches ‘Rise’ reality search
Levi Verora Jr, Tiebreaker Times
“The best players are not the most skilled players, they are those that have something special in them,that puso factor,” – Former men’s national basketball team head coach Chot Reyes.
Nike Philippines launched on Tuesday a reality documentary and basketball development program named “Rise” which aims to give a training ground to 24 street ballers from all over the archipelago.
A nationwide search shall conducted to bring opportunity and hope to aspiring ballers aged 16-21 around the country.
Regional try-outs shall be held in four cities: Dagupan (June 27), Manila (June 28), Cebu (July 4), and Davao (July 5). Aspirants may also write to Nike.com for a chance to be invited.
The Rise series will run for six weeks with selected players immersing in a Nike experience which includes technical training, strength, and conditioning. The contestants will have full use of gears, equipment, and a training ground named “House of Rise.” Read more!
What the Falcons Have Lost Before The Season
Toby Pavon, HumbleBola
The Falcons are thirsty for talent, and with recent developments with personnel changes, it seems they will stay parched for even longer.
Matthew Aquino made the news recently as he announced his departure from his alma mater Adamson University, a school which he spent a single season in and was also the platform on which PBA legend Marlou Aquino built his basketball career. With the recent transfer of Axel Iñigoand the firing of head coach Kenneth Duremdes, the Falcons will be heading into Season 78 (or 75) with clipped wings. But given how raw all these sudden lost personnel were last season, it can be difficult to see just how big or small their loss is to the Falcons. Read more!
FIBA Asia 2015 Draw
Courtesy of the Basketball TV (@BTVHoops) Twitter Account