Hey guys! Welcome to this week’s Rookie Ladder for UAAP Season 77! After a very promising first week for this strong batch of rookies, the excitement for the second week of festivities grew even more. Sadly, that excitement came to a halt after the storm cancelled the first set of games for Week 2 of the UAAP. Despite this, the freshmen played better this week compared to  last week.

Let’s get it started!

5. Diego Dario, UP Fighting Maroons


For This Week

1 5 6.00 100.00% 0.00% 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00


2 7 5.00 62.50% 0.00% 1.00 0.00 0.50 0.50

Expect big things in the future for the electric Diego Dario. (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

Actually, the UPIS Standout would have ranked higher if not for UP’s two losses. In fact, the blowout loss of UP last week justified his exclusion from the top five rookie rankings. For this week, however, he was able to sneak his way into the top five.

One has to consider the solid guard rotation of UP before judging the scoring dynamo. He’s only received single digit minutes for the past two games, acting as a hopeful spark off the bench for a UP team which is in dire need of scoring. He was able to do exactly that for this week, scoring six points with hopes of making a run for the Fighting Maroons against the Red Warriors.

Expect him to continue to receive limited minutes because of Mikee Reyes, Henry Asilum and Kyles Lao. In the future, however, expect him to be a key contributor to the Iskos.

4. Rev Diputado, NU Bulldogs


For This Week

1 12 2.00 100.00% 0.00% 3.00 0.00 0.00 1.00


2 10 5.00 66.67% 0.00% 2.00 0.50 0.50 1.00

Rev Diputado produced well again for the Bulldogs. (Photo Credit: Arvin Lim, UAAP)


After a promising showing last week against UST, the former San Beda stalwart was rewarded by Coach Eric Altamirano with more minutes compared to what he received last week. Diputado showed that he deserved those minutes, albeit in a different manner to how he produced last week.

Last week, Rev provided instant offense for National U by scoring two treys tallying a total of eight points. For this week, however, he only scored two, although he did grab three rebounds in the limited minutes that he played, something not exactly expected of a 5’9 guard who plays in a team with two imports.

Don’t expect Diputado to have a drastic increase in minutes any time soon. Gelo Alolino is playing too well for the Bulldogs now, so for now, he’ll have to serve as an important bench player. Why his fall from the rankings despite NU’s immaculate record? Well it’s because of..

3. Renzo Subido, UST Growling Tigers


For This Week

1 15 6.00 50.00% 100.00% 0.00 0.00 1.00 0.00


2 10 4.50 66.67% 100.00% 1.50 0.00 0.50 1.00

Looks like UST has found the heir apparent to Jeric Fortuna. (Photo Credit: Arvin Lim, UAAP)


The Growling Tigers were ice cold in their last game against the NU Bulldogs, and Subido was one of the few bright spots in the offensive end for the España-based squad. He was able to score three points and grab three rebounds in the limited minutes he was given by Coach Bong Dela Cruz. I mentioned last week that Subido’s role could become bigger given his knack for scoring. Increase it did.

The De La Salle Zobel product was crucial in the third quarter of the UST – FEU game, being an offensive spark off the bench for the Tigers. He wasn’t able to grab any rebound for this outing, but he was able to make enough impact to help UST to a win against the raging Morayta squad.

Since Jam Sheriff isn’t exactly known as an elite scorer, expect Subido’s role to increase in upcoming games. He’s not only a scorer, but at the same time, he’s a capable playmaker.

2. Ivan Villanueva, Adamson Soaring Falcons


For This Week

1 28 8.00 30.00% 100.00% 1.00 1.00 0.00 1.00


2 27.50 11.50 47.36% 80.00% 5.00 0.50 0.50 0.50

Ivan Villanueva was limited against the vaunted UE frontline. (Photo Credit: Arvin Lim, UAAP)


The size issue would inevitably catch up to the performance of the Letran Squires standout, and it was no shock that it came against the huge and talented frontline of the UE Red Warriors.

The top rookie for last week was limited to only eight points at an inefficient 3 of 10 shooting clip. He only grabbed one rebound against much taller players like Charles Mammie, Moustapha Arafat and Chris Javier.

After a phenomenal opening weekend, Ivan has been brought back down to earth. He will still continue to receive heavy minutes for the San Marcelino based squad, just don’t expect that he will get monster numbers in every game.

1. Arvin Tolentino, Ateneo Blue Eagles


For This Week

1 27 14.00 50.00% 50.00% 10.00 2.00 0.00 2.00 1.00


2 22 13.00 50.00% 50.00% 5.00 1.00 0.00 1.00 1.50

The Big Chill definitely made a HUGE mark in his very first Ateneo – La Salle game, thus earning him top honors for this week’s Rookie Ladder! (Photo Credit: Raddy Mabasa, Fabilioh)

In order to properly criticize Arvin, one has to realize what position he truly plays. By no means is he a center, although his height can push him into the 5 slot when Ateneo employs a small ball lineup. He’s also not a shooting guard. His ball handling skills aren’t that tight yet for a guard. He’s a combo forward, somewhat like how Carmelo Anthony is to the Knicks. He can stretch the floor and create from the perimeter, and also he can score in the post.

Against La Salle, Tolentino showed why he was such a highly-touted recruit. He displayed ball handling skills that guys his size shouldn’t have. He showed the willingness AND the ability to shoot three pointers, something that Ateneo will need to succeed this season. He was also able to attack inside, and with these, he finished with 14 points on a relatively efficient 50 percen shooting clip. There were also times though where you just wanted to shout at Arvin. He brought the ball down at times with no sense of urgency, and often, he pulled up for a jumper rather than driving to the lane, something he is capable of doing given his size. He displayed more energy in this game, however, as evidenced by his 10 rebounds and two blocks. He may have been late in some close outs, but his performance was promising.

Rookie of the Year? He’s definitely a top candidate. Mythical Five? We’ll see. But for sure, one should expect him to produce even better as the season goes by.  His shooting will get better given the amount of work he has been putting up, and his decision making skills will improve with more work with the coaches. His inconsistent motor and defense will always be issues, but in the end, Arvin is a one of a kind talent who will eventually blossom into a superstar.


Ranking Name Team Status (From Last Week)


Arvin Tolentino ADMU +1


Ivan Villanueva AdU -1


Renzo Subido UST +2


Rev Diputado NU -1


Diego Dario UP NR

Honorable Mentions

Gelo Vito, UP Fighting Maroons: 4 points, 6 rebounds

Prince Rivero, DLSU Green Archers: 4 points, 3 rebounds

Thirdy Ravena, ADMU Blue Eagles: 3 rebounds

Past Editions Of The Rookie Ladder

Week One

Scope Of The Rookie Ladder

What’s the difference between a ROOKIE and a FIRST YEAR PLAYER?

A rookie is a local who is fresh out of high school, which means this is his first year in college. This does not include  players who repeated 1st year college.

A first year player is someone whose first playing year is this season. Some examples of popular first year players from Season 76 are Chris Newsome, Jason Perkins and Charles Mammie.

For this weekly feature, we will be ranking ROOKIES.