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CJ Perez hailed PBA Rookie of the Year

Mar 08, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Nabbed by Columbian as the top overall pick, CJ Perez did not take long to establish himself as one of the best players in the league

SUPER ROOKIE. CJ Perez makes a splash in his first season in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images

Doncic caps off impressive NBA season with Rookie of the Year plum

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:50 AM

Luka Doncic of Slovenia becomes only the second player in Dallas Mavericks history to win the award

SLOVENIAN WONDER. Luka Doncic shines the brightest among all NBA rookies. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)

WATCH: Zion Williamson wants 'something special' as Pelicans leader

Jun 21, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Nabbed as the first overall pick in the NBA Rookie Draft, the 18-year-old phenom is ready to assume the leadership role for the Pelicans

HIGH EXPECTATIONS. Zion Williamson wants to be known as a winner. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

FAST FACTS: NBA Rookie Draft 2019

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:46 PM

In each of the last 9 years, a college freshman has been selected first overall. Will that streak continue?

DOMINANT DUO. Zion Williamson (middle) and RJ Barrett (left) of Duke University are expected to land in the top 3. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Rookie rampage in UAAP men's football

Mar 17, 2019 - 8:54 AM

A bumper crop of talented freshmen has electrified this year's competition

No pressure for MJ Ayaay as Alaska picks him in 1st round

Dec 17, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The former Lyceum Pirate is one of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft's surprises as the Alaska Aces select him with their 9th overall pick

TAILOR-FIT. MJ Ayaay says he will work hard to earn his spot at Alaska. Photo from Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Desiderio raring to play amid trade rumors: 'Kahit saan mapunta'

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:52 PM

Whether or not Paul Desiderio stays with NLEX, the former UP star is all set to bring that fighting heart to the pros

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Blessing in disguise for Matt Salem as he lands in Ginebra

Dec 16, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The former La Salle and NU marksman gets picked late in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, but it hardly matters as he heads to the league's crowd darlings

MORE TO LEARN. Matt Salem (left) looks forward to learning more from coach Tim Cone and Ginebra's bevy of veterans. Photo from Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

CJ Perez to Columbian as No. 1 pick in PBA Rookie Draft 2018

Dec 16, 2018 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) The former Lyceum Pirate edges Ray Parks and Robert Bolick for the top draft selection

BIG EXPECTATIONS. Columbian seeks to get out of the cellar its has dwelled in for years with CJ Perez on board. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tough guy Mike Calisaan credits Baste system in PBA bid

Dec 16, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Notorious for his physicality in the NCAA, San Sebastian's Mike Calisaan feels he’s ready for more body-banging in the pros

PHOTO FINISH. Michael Calisaan sinks a crucial free throw that solidified the win for the Stags. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA Draft: Bong Quinto hoping to get picked by Rain or Shine

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The former Letran Knight sees himself as a good fit with the Elasto Painters

REUNION. Bong Quinto will be reunited with former Letran coach Caloy Garcia if he gets selected by Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images

Tab Baldwin wants Ateneo to dominate PBA Rookie Draft 2019

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Ateneo head tactician Tab Baldwin hopes to see 6 Blue Eagles in the top 10 draft picks

BACK-TO-BACK. The Ateneo Blue Eagles will remain intact for Season 82. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Gilas experience Tratter's edge in PBA jump

Dec 15, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The former La Salle Green Archer wants to play like Marc Pingris with a mix of Gabe Norwood

TOP PICK. Abu Tratter is expected to land in the top 5 of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft class. Photo from PBA Images

Parks, Perez, Bolick headline 2018 PBA Rookie Draft

Dec 10, 2018 - 5:26 PM

There will be 48 players hoping to get picked by the 12 PBA teams this year

TOP 3. CJ Perez, Robert Bolick and Ray Parks (left to right) are expected to jostle at the top of the draft. Photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler (Perez and Bolick) and Michael Gatpandan (Parks)

Former UP Maroon Kyles Lao ready for PBA

Dec 07, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The former UAAP Rookie of the Year admits there's pressure as he applies for the 2018 PBA Draft

MIXED FEELINGS. Kyles Lao says he has mixed feelings about turning professional. Contributed photo

Pringle, Fajardo in tug-of-war for MVP plum

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:10 AM

June Mar Fajardo finds a strong challenger in his bid for a record fifth PBA Most Valuable Player award

What is Columbian looking for in its top PBA draft pick?

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Dyip head coach Johnedel Cardel bares he already has someone in mind for the No. 1 pick

SUPER ROOKIES. CJ Perez, Robert Bolick and Ray Parks (left to right) are touted to battle for the Top 3 spots in the upcoming PBA draft. File photos by Josh Albelda

Fil-Canadian Job Cariaga sets sights on PBA Draft

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Just like Phoenix's Matthew Wright, Job Cariaga hopes to be the next Fil-Canadian to make an impact in the pro league

HOOP DREAMS. Job Cariaga hopes to bring his talents to the PBA. Photo from PBA D-League

Batang Gilas first-timer Carl Tamayo ready to take spotlight in World Cup

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The versatile 6-foot-7 youngster is finally suiting up for the Batang Gilas squad, just in time for the FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina starting June 30

THREE POSITIONS. Batang Gilas first-timer Carl Tamayo. Photo by John Remil Isaga/Rappler

Standhardinger chooses to respect HK Eastern, refuses to talk about future after Alab sweep

Apr 16, 2018 - 4:27 PM

During the post-game interview, Christian Standhardinger tells the Philippine sportswriters: 'I’m not gonna talk about myself or my future career. If you have questions about us as a team, then I’m gonna answer that. If you have questions about me personally, I’m not gonna answer, and I say that with all due respect'

ABL Alab vs HK Semis Game 2. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

NBA Christmas Eve Rookie Report Card: Lonzo balls out, Simmons stays put

Dec 24, 2017 - 4:42 PM

A report of this season's NBA rookies' performances before the big Christmas Day games

Lonzo Ball passes LeBron James as youngest in NBA history to record a triple-double

Nov 12, 2017 - 1:30 PM

At 20 years old and one day, the LA Lakers rookie's first NBA career triple-double makes him the youngest to reach that milestone, surpassing Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James

YOUNGEST. Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball tosses a jumper of Kyrie Irvin of Boston Celtics in this file photo. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Lauri Markkanen, Jimmy Butler’s replacement in Chicago, the next European sensation

Nov 03, 2017 - 6:32 PM

After recording a career-high 25 points with 8 boards and 2 steals in the Chicago Bulls' close loss against the Miami Heat, the unheralded 7th pick of the 2017 NBA draft is now labelled a 'unicorn'

Saric among record 4 global NBA All-Rookie picks

Jun 27, 2017 - 9:46 AM

Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric is a unanimous selection to the NBA All Rookie team which feature a record 4 players from outside the United States

GLOBAL ALL-ROOKIE. Dario Saric #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers is among the record 4 global NBA All-Rookie members of 2017. File Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James snubbed as MVP award finalist

May 20, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The NBA MVP award will come down to James Harden Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard

DENIED. LeBron James will not be in the running to clinch his 5th MVP award despite setting career-highs in assists (8.7) and rebounds (8.6) this season. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images North America/AFP

Mbala to be named UAAP MVP; Melecio Rookie of the Year

Dec 05, 2016 - 4:14 PM

DLSU s Ben Mbala clinches the honor with 92 4286 statistical points and averages of 20 6 points 16 rebounds and 2 4 blocks in the elimination round

MVP. Ben Mbala is the UAAP Season 79 Most Valuable Player. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FEU, NU boys off to become men in the PBA

Nov 01, 2016 - 11:26 PM

All 7 former FEU Tamaraws get drafted into the PBA together with 6 ex NU Bulldogs

BULLDOGS, TAMARAWS. A total of 13 former NU and FEU players get drafted this year, including (from L-R) Mac Belo, Gelo Alolino, and RR Pogoy. Photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rookies Belo, Banal look to make mark at Blackwater

Oct 31, 2016 - 9:51 PM

Both are top players with the potential to become anchors of the young franchise

NEW BLOOD. Blackwater acquires top players in Ael Banal (C) and Mac Belo (second from right) during the 2016 PBA Draft. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIST: 2016 Regular PBA Rookie Draft applicants

Oct 30, 2016 - 7:31 AM

See the full list of the 41 other draft applicants on top of the Gilas cadets

43-year-old PBA Draft applicant inspired by Helterbrand, Taulava

Oct 26, 2016 - 10:26 PM

Charley Caluya who s nearly twice as old as most PBA Rookie Draft applicants says There s no age limit to dreaming as long as the Lord gave you talent

OLDEST APPLICANT. Charley Caluya, 43, is the oldest aspirant in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Fil-Am Ryan Arambulo, Mac Belo top day 1 of PBA Rookie Draft Combine

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:59 PM

Arambulo finishes in the top 5 of all the tests while Belo showcases his athletic ability

TOP PERFORMERS. (From L-R) Jammer Jamito, Raffy Banal, Mac Belo, and Ryan Arambulo are the top performers from day 1 of the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft combine. Photo from PBA Images

Castro, Romeo lead honorees at PBA Press Corps Awards Night

Oct 18, 2016 - 5:55 PM

Jayson Castro will be honored with the Accel Order of Merit Award while Terrence Romeo is set to become scoring champion for the second straight season

Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo will lead the awardees for the 2016 PBA Press Corps Awards Night. File Photos from Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chris Newsome is 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year

Oct 14, 2016 - 7:36 PM

Newsome has also helped lead the Bolts to the 2016 Governors Cup Finals

Photo courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

Towns, Porzingis unanimous picks for NBA All-Rookie Team

May 20, 2016 - 8:29 AM

Rookie of the Year Karl Anthony Towns and Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis headline this year s All Rookie First Team

TOP ROOKIE. Karl-Anthony Towns was one of 6 players to start every game during the regular season, averaging 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

[Podcast] 'I thought I was too good for my job': 10 first job fails

Apr 04, 2016 - 8:44 PM

A 2 million peso mistake screwing up an important job interview That s not my job – 10 first job rookie mistakes nobody really talks about

TNT rookie Rosario shines in first PBA playoff despite jitters, sprain

Dec 27, 2015 - 4:09 PM

Rookie Troy Rosario overcomes nerves and a sprain to leave a mark in his first PBA playoffs appearance

IMPRESSIVE. Rookie Troy Rosario talks about his impressive PBA playoff debut with Talk 'N Text. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

UP overwhelms Navy, bags third place in Shakey’s V-League

Dec 06, 2015 - 5:02 PM

The UP Lady Maroons finish off the Philippine Navy Coastguards in 4 sets to grab the bronze in the 2015 Shakey’s V League Reinforced Conference

THIRD PLACE FINISH. Rookie Isa Molde contributes 16 points as UP finishes 3rd in the Shakey's V-League Reinforced Conference. File Photo by Rappler

La Salle's Perkins, Sargent top 2015 PBA D-League Rookie Draft

Dec 02, 2015 - 12:21 AM

A total of 53 players out of the record 215 aspirants were selected in the draft that went as far as the 12th round

TOP PICK. La Salle's Jason Perkins is the first overall pick of the 2015 PBA D-League Draft. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Racal eyes Perkins as top pick in 2015 PBA D-League Draft

Nov 30, 2015 - 5:23 PM

Racal Keramix takes the first crack in the draft on Tuesday December 1 and is eyeing Jason Perkins of De La Salle University

FIRST OVERALL PICK? La Salle's Jason Perkins may be the first overall pick of the PBA D-League Draft unless coach Caloy Garcia changes his decision at the last minute. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ravena bags UAAP MVP; Caracut named ROY

Nov 28, 2015 - 3:35 PM

Find out which individuals stood out this UAAP season

DLSU’s Andrei Caracut to win UAAP Rookie of the Year

Nov 19, 2015 - 11:16 AM

The Green Archer just barely holds off UST’s Marvin Lee

FUTURE IS BRIGHT. DLSU's Andrei Caracut tops an impressive first season with the Rookie of the Year award. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme cops NCAA MVP, Rookie of the Year awards

Oct 23, 2015 - 4:37 PM

Oraeme becomes the third player in NCAA history to bag both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards in the same year

Moala Tautuaa goes first overall in 2015 PBA Draft

Aug 23, 2015 - 2:26 PM

See the full results of the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft

HIGHLIGHTS: 2015 PBA Rookie Draft

Aug 23, 2015 - 12:09 PM

There were more than a few surprises at the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft

IN PHOTOS: Day 1 of 2015 PBA Rookie Draft combine

Aug 20, 2015 - 7:52 AM

Fil Canadian prospect Ryan Wetherell stole the show with his impressive performance top scoring in 3 of the drills

Draft applicants stretching before the start of the tests. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo’s Valdez left impressed by UP rookies

Aug 16, 2015 - 5:05 PM

The rookie Lady Maroons pushed the Lady Eagles to 4 sets in the Shakey s V League 12 Collegiate Conference quarterfinals

ROOKIES ON THE RISE. UP rookies (from left to right) Maris Layug, Isa Molde and Justine Dorog in action during the Shakey's V-League 12 Collegiate Conference. Photos by Mark Cristino, Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIST: 2015 PBA Rookie draft applicants

Aug 11, 2015 - 11:45 AM

From a high of 87 last year the list of hopefuls drops to a modest but strong cast of 64

UP makes quick work of PUP for first V-League win

Jul 18, 2015 - 9:42 PM

The Lady Maroons bagged their first victory in the tournament after dropping their opening game against National University in Group A

Rookie middle hitter Maristela Layug goes for a spike against the blockers of PUP. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Banchero keeps growing, Alaska reaps reward

Jul 05, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Alaska coach Alex Compton said he wants nothing more from rookie Chris Banchero than constant growth

ROOKIE ON THE RISE. Point guard Chris Banchero is rising fast for the Alaska Aces. He is seen here attempting to break through the Star Hotshots defense in their semifinals game during the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Andrew Wiggins leads NBA all-rookie team

May 19, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Last year s first overall draft pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers was the lone unanimous choice totaling 130 first team votes

Minnesota rookie Andrew Wiggins throws down a power dunk during the NBA Rising Stars Challenge. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP