So Long, Idols
By: Ivan Angelo L. de Lara
Three weeks since the close of the UAAP, fans still have a difficult time withdrawing from watching games and supporting their favorite teams.
But just how much more difficult is it for the graduating players—the student athletes that dedicated years of their lives to balancing their studies and representing their universities on the hard court?
Several of these graduating players talked to PinoyExchange.com about their thoughts on graduation, their plans after college basketball, and the things they will miss most about the UAAP.
Paul Zamar shares the lessons her learned when he took the leadership role during his final year.
Simon Atkins talks about the possibility of entering showbiz after his stint in the UAAP.
Maui Villanueva explains why fans should not stop watching the DLSU Green Archers play basketball.
Lester Alvarez reveals what he will miss most about the UAAP.
Aldrech Ramos gives his message to his supporters.
Graduating players in numbers:
3 – the number of years—consecutively at that—that Aldrech Ramos has made the Mythical Five, making him perhaps the most awarded individual in his generation not to win a championship.
30 – the number of three-point field goals made by Lester Alvarez during the eliminations, making him the top outside striker of the league in his final year.
4.2 – the average number of assists per game dished out by Emman Monfort, making him the most efficient court general in the league. He also registered 1.6 steals per game, in a tie for 1st place with Alvarez.
27.15 – the average number of minutes played by Kirk Long. He plays the second most number of minutes among the Eagles, next only to rookie phenom Kiefer Ravena.
16 - number of points scored by Simon Atkins in his last game in the UAAP. In that same loss against FEU, fellow graduate Maui Villanueva was scoreless.
10 – number of points scored by Jeric Cañada in just one minute in their Semis Game 2 loss to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.
12 – number of games missed by JR Cawaling since going down with an injury midway into the season.
100% - field goal percentage of Pippo Noundou this season after converting on his lone attempt during the Game 2 of the Finals this year.
0 – the number of Ateneo games this year wherein Bacon Austria started.
Other graduating players:
Jan Colina and Janus Lozada of Adamson
Jens Knuttel and Ping Exciminiano of FEU
Biboy Enguio and Lucas Tagarda of UE
Miggy Maniego of UP