Hey guys! Welcome to Week 3 of HumbleBola’s UAAP Season 77 Rookie Ladder! Finally, the first full week of basketball has come upon us, and the parity of the league fully showed during this week’s festivities. What also showed was the depth of the rookie class for this year, as the less popular rookies shined in their respective games. So who made it to our top five this week?

Let’s get it started!

5. Gelo Vito, UP Fighting Maroons


For This Week

2 16.80 4.50 40.00% 50.00% 3.00 1.00 0.50 0.00 0.00


4 16.80 3.80 43.80% 50.00% 3.00 0.80 0.30 0.00 0.50

Can Gelo Vito be one of the building blocks of the UP Fighting Maroons Basketball Program? (Photo Credit: Marlon A. Bernabe, BurnSports)

It has come to a point where the situation of the UP Fighting Maroons isn’t even funny anymore. The team is actually fighting (like their name suggests), but the problem is, coaching is starting to become an issue, plus the never ending lack of alumni support. Despite all of these, however, there seems to be three guys who seemingly give this team hope for the future. Obviously, one of them is sophomore Kyles Lao. The two, however, are Gelo Vito and Diego Dario. We featured Dario in last week’s rookie ladder, so for this week, given Vito’s better statistical output compared to the UPIS standout, we’ll feature Vito.

The truth is, not much is known about Vito. He wasn’t on the level of an Arvin Tolentino or a Prince Rivero in terms of recruitment. Despite that, he was still a former member of the Energen Pilipinas U16 National Team. He’s not that tall, but he does have the body to bang bodies inside. For this season, he has been showing that ability by grabbing three rebounds a game. He’s contributed quite well for a rookie in the offensive end by scoring 3.80 points on a decent 43.8 percent clip.

Will he be receiving more minutes in the future? Considering how Rey Madrid has been towards Kyles Lao and Diego Dario, don’t expect any increase in minutes. Despite this, expect him to improve for seasons to come, and hopefully, this improvement from the former La Salle Greenhills stalwart will result into wins for the Iskos. There’s no way to go but UP after all. Kapit lang.

4. Prince Rivero, De La Salle Green Archers


For This Week

2 11.50 5.00 66.67% 100.00% 3.00 1.00 0.00 1.00 1.50


4 9.80 4.00 63.60% 100.00% 2.50 0.50 0.00 0.50 0.80

Prince Rivero showed everyone why he was such a highly touted prospect during their game against UE. Future King Archer? Not far off. (Photo Credit: Ryan Ong, Go Archers.com)


 I think it’s pretty much established that Prince Rivero is a big time player.

He was able to lead the La Salle Greenhills Greenies to the Finals last year, only to fall short against the Arvin Tolentino-led San Beda Red Cubs. Also, he was crowned NCAA Juniors MVP after averaging monster numbers of 22.8 points and 16.4 rebounds. Most importantly, he was able to help lead the 3×3 Philippine Team to the World Championships along with Tolentino, Thirdy Ravena and Kobe Paras. He is a big time player, no doubt about it. Despite that, however, he’s been pushed to the back of the bench of the DLSU Green Archers, because of an incredibly loaded front line. He actually already expected it.

In DLSU’s game against UE, Prince showed why he really is a big time player.

The DLSU – UE game was incredibly ugly. La Salle committed 36 (!!) turnovers, Jason Perkins was having an incredibly bad game, plus he fouled out along with Arnold Van Opstal. It was Prince’s time to shine, and shine he did. He was able to score eight points, all in the 4th quarter, and add to that five rebounds, all done in 14 minutes. Will he receive more minutes? Pretty unlikely given the depth of La Salle’s front line, but expect him to be capable of putting up points when needed for the Taft based squad.

3. Ivan Villanueva, Adamson Soaring Falcons


For This Week

1 29.10 5.00 16.70% 50.00% 6.00 3.00 1.00 0.00 2.00


3 28.60 9.30 35.50% 71.40% 5.30 1.70 0.30 0.00 1.00

Ivan Villanueva has to adjust fast if he wants to keep his status as a top rookie. (Photo Credit: Pinoy Exchange)


Right now, you can’t properly judge how Ivan will be in the upcoming years. After all, he might end up changing his game into something more fit into his size. For now, it looks like he will be playing as a power forward in the league, and it looks like he’s starting to have difficulty playing into this after a great opening week for the Letran Squires standout.

For the lone game Ivan had this week, he started out strong. Despite the daunting task he had in front of him in the name of Karim Abdul, he performed quite well. He was able to score five points against the UST frontline, which gave Adamson fans hope of things to come for the big man. Napaasa lang sila. He ended up going scoreless for the rest of the game, ending up with an ATROCIOUS 16.7 percent shooting clip (2 of 12 from the field to be specific). Sure he may have had six rebounds and three assists, but if you’re one of the top scoring options of your team, you can’t be that inefficient from the field.

If you’re an Adamson fan, you should hope that this was only a bad game for the budding star. After all, he is one of Adamson’s top scorers (third highest scorer to be exact), and is the second most played player in the team. In order for Adamson to start winning some games, Ivan has to make his shots along with the team.

2. Rev Diputado, NU Bulldogs


For This Week

2 17.40 7.00 66.67% 50.00% 1.50 1.00 0.50 0.00 1.50


4 14.60 6.00 66.67% 50.00% 1.80 1.00 0.50 0.00 1.30

Rev Diputado is showing that Arvin Tolentino isn’t the only former Red Cub to watch out for. (Photo Credit: Raul Quintela)

Diputado’s situation is kind of similar to Gelo Vito’s. He isn’t exactly a highly-regarded prospect, but he’s well known, mostly because of his status as a product of the well-known San Beda Red Cubs Basketball program. In San Beda, he wasn’t as well-known as Arvin, Javee Mocon, and to some extent, Andrei Caracut (who is a senior right now for the Red Cubs). Well, he has been coming into his own this year.

NU has a stacked guard rotation, with Gelo Alolino leading the pack. Since Alolino was having a bad game against the Blue Eagles, Diputado was given considerably heavy minutes. He used those minutes quite well. Diputado scored 10 points, good for second highest for the team in that game. He was also very efficient, scoring on a 66.7 percent shooting clip. Most importantly, he was able to play good defense against superstar Kiefer Ravena, by limiting him to a DISASTROUS (Kailangan talaga all caps) 15 percent shooting clip.

Don’t expect Diputado to instantly replace Alolino in the line up. It was only a bad game for the veteran point guard. What’s good with this is that Diputado will learn from the much more experienced Alolino, and in the future, he’ll eventually surpass what Alolino has done. Looks like NU has their point guard for the future.

1. Arvin Tolentino, Ateneo Blue Eagles


For This Week

2 29.25 18.50 46.15% 100.00% 8.50 0.50 0.00 0.50 2.50


4 26.00 15.80 45.70% 75.00% 6.80 0.80 0.00 0.80 2.00

Arvin has to drive and attack more, not shoot and chuck up shots more if he wants to be even more effective. He’s been good anyway, thus him retaining the #1 spot for this week’s Rookie Ladder! (Photo Credit: Raddy Mabasa, Fabilioh)

Something to take note of: Arvin has arguably been the most consistent guy in the Blue Eagles, given the recent stretch of poor games from Kiefer. Also, he has the fourth highest scoring average and PER (among players who have played 15 mins or more) in the whole league, averaging an impressive 15.8 points and registering a 29.2 PER. Try to let that sink in. A supposed error-filled rookie, is averaging statistics that not even Jeron Teng and Kiefer Ravena could match during their rookie years.

For this week, he pretty much displayed everything which I stated in my scouting report of the rook. He displayed the handles that a guy of his stature isn’t supposed to possess, he was able to show his smooth stroke (scored five three pointers this week, the most for any Blue Eagle), but at the same time, he jacked up too many threes (11!!!!) against the Bulldogs, and obviously, played ATROCIOUS defense against Jeth Troy Rosario. All in all, he had impressive averages of 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds for the week.

It’s pretty much established that Arvin will be a force to be reckoned with in upcoming years. Even as a rookie, he has already been contributing at an absurd rate. Statistically, he is superior among rookies, so it looks like it’s going to take a while before someone usurps him out of the top spot for the Rookie Ladder. Despite that, however, he has so much to work on. He can shoot threes, yes, but, he has to realize that to help the team more, he should focus on driving to the rim to get easier baskets (especially given his size). After all, he has shown the ability to do so. Also, he has to improve defensively. He gets left out every time the guy he defends spins, so he has to place more effort in the less glamorous side of the floor. Once he gets to work on his kinks, expect MVP trophies to pile up for the Angono native.


Ranking Name Team Status (From Last Week)


Arvin Tolentino ADMU


Rev Diputado NU +2


Ivan Villanueva AdU -1


Prince Rivero DLSU NR


Gelo Vito UP NR

Honorable Mention

Renzo Subido: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

Past Editions of the Rookie Ladder

Week One

Week Two

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.