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Philippine High School Basketball Class of 2017 Scouting Reports and Rankings

Welcome to the Class of 2017 Scouting Reports and Rankings. This part of the site provides to you the rankings of the recruits who are part of the aforementioned class, some details regarding them, and most importantly, the school which they have committed to play for in college. Linked to the name of each player is the scouting report that has been written about them in this website. For those without any links just yet, their scouting reports are on the way.

With that, I present to you the rankings for the Class of 2017.

Ranking Name Position Played Height School/Team Committed To 1 Juan Gomez de Liano PG/SG 6’3” UP Fighting Maroons 2 John Lloyd Clemente SG/SF 6’3” NU Bulldogs 3 Troy Mallillin SF/PF 6’3” None (Choosing between NU, UST and Ateneo)
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NCAA S93 Juniors Basketball Morning Rundown: Sometimes, transferring is for the best

I remember receiving a phone call last year around May, with a source telling me that Will Gozum was included in San Beda's line-up for Adidas Uprising. Obviously, I was surprised at what I had just heard. It wasn't because Gozum was likely going to be a Red Cub come the NCAA season. I put down that phone call astonished because of the very fact that the former Batang Gilas standout was going to transfer out of the UP Junior Maroons.

The very concept of transferring schools is something that is frowned upon in the basketball community. Carlo Pamintuan wrote this terrific piece on Soc Rivera a few years back, detailing what Rivera had to go through after countless transfers to schools. Not only did the public look at Rivera with judging eyes, but his overall performance as a player suffered as well.
You don't just become a player who is given raised eyebrows by fans when you decide to transfer. A player puts himself in the risk of losing everything that he had worked for b…

NCAA S93 Juniors Basketball Morning Rundown: Let's get back to business

Getting to see the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament get going just felt right. It's been a while ever since High School basketball was talked about in the country, so just seeing the top Juniors teams slug it out was refreshing. It just felt right. There was a buzz in the air which surrounded the Letran gym as San Beda and San Sebastian opened Juniors basketball action for this season. By all accounts, High School basketball was back.
Fans expected usual High School basketball action. Fast-paced action between two young teams trying their best to run their respective systems. Once play started, that's exactly what we go. Action was incredibly fast. But we also saw some of the warts of High School basketball. The players playing are kids. For this go around, we saw some first game jitters get into players.
When you look at the stat sheet, it's easy to let out a groan once you look at the percentage. Basketball was far from efficient, with all teams in play clearly still t…

FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017: Quick Hits on Kobe Paras

The Gilas Pilipinas team for the 3x3 2017 World Cup kicked off action yesterday in Nantes, France, ending the day with a split. They managed to surprise a Romanian team that was favored by many, but was humbled by the hometown team. 
For Pinoys, the results don't matter as much. What matters is getting to see players like Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng play with each other, as evidenced by the amount of support both players got from fans online. But neither of them shined as the best player for the Gilas Pilipinas. That title goes to the youngest player in the whole tournament, the one and only Kobe Paras.
To be frank, expectations for Kobe were low entering this tournament for a number of experts. Some have called him overrated *looks at a mirror* and some have gone as far as to call him a bust. But as evidenced by how he performed for the first two games of the 3x3 tournament, we may have to rethink those labels *looks at a mirror once again*. 
Here are some quick hits on Kobe: H…

Troy Mallillin is a Blue Eagle. Now what?

Against the JRU Heavy Bombers, Troy Mallillin finally made his much awaited debut as a Blue Eagle. Just seeing him in uniform was already enough for fans of the Blue Eagles to go wild. Seeing a NCAA Juniors MVP wear an Ateneo jersey feels weird, for any fan. Seeing a former La Salle Greenhills player wear the blue and white? It's like an Ateneo High School boy wearing a La Salle jersey. Oh.. wait...

Obviously, any Atenean is brimming with excitement right now after managing to secure (or is it really secure?) the services of the former NCAA Juniors MVP. But what else are the other implications of Troy Mallillin taking his talents to Katipunan?

Let's break it down:
In the short term Right now, don't expect Troy to get a lot of minutes. As mentioned before, Ateneo is filled with a number of forwards in Mike Nieto, Vince Tolentino and Raffy Verano. Shaun Ildefonso is no longer in that fray of forwards after taking his talents to the NU Bulldogs, but that's still a tough …

PHOTOS: Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Ateneo Blue Eagles versus De La Salle Green Archers

The Ateneo Blue Eagles managed to escape against the De La Salle Green Archers, 80-78, with the entire team managing to chip in enough for the team. Saving the day for the Blue Eagles was Thirdy Ravena, who hit a three-pointer late in the game to give the Blue Eagles the lead for good against La Salle. For analysis on that, check out this breakdown on that play by the Blue Eagles.

Otherwise, here are some photos from yesterday's action between the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers:

















Breaking down Thirdy Ravena's game winning three versus La Salle

It was a tight game all throughout between the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers, and with Ateneo facing a one point lead with 18 seconds remaining, the Blue Eagles needed a shot. This has been the issue of Ateneo ever since a certain Phenom left the Blue Eagles after a great five-year run. They could not find a guy to go to in the clutch.
This time around, someone was able to step up to give the Blue Eagles the victory against their archrivals.
It was none other than Thirdy Ravena, who received a ton of flak from fans after a poor performance in last year's Finals series against the Green Archers. Sure, this is just the preseason, but seeing him make such a big shot in a hotly contested game should give him and the Blue Eagle faithful a ton of confidence as we slowly come closer to the UAAP season.
It's easy to give Thirdy lots of credit for that shot, but someone who deserves as much credit for making that happen is Tyler Tio, the former Golden Stallion who's set to pla…

Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Morning Rundown: Remembering what the preseason is all about

I first watched the NU Bulldogs of 2012 durig the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. They were up against the Ateneo Blue Eagles. It was a clash that a number of people were highly anticipating considering the amount of talent which both teams have. At the end of it all, it was the talent of the Bulldogs which reigned supreme, as they thoroughly crushed the Blue Eagles during that very same meeting.

I remember feeling incredibly scared for the rest of the UAAP after that very same meeting between Ateneo and NU. An Ateneo team that featured Greg Slaughter, Nico Salva and Kiefer Ravena received quite the beating against Bobby Ray Parks and crew. It was difficult to imagine such a thing from happening. So much emotions were swirling inside my head.
Fast forward to a couple of months later and Ateneo and NU once again faced off, this time in the Mall of Asia Arena. A blowout was the result of this game, except this time, it was the Blue Eagles doing the beating to the Bulldogs. NU failed to …