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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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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 …

Analyzing Shaun Ildefonso's decision to join the NU Bulldogs

Last night, in a surprising turn of events for many, Shaun Ildefonso announced on his Twitter account that he was leaving Ateneo to join the NU Bulldogs. You can find his entire message below:
Ateneo will always be home. Thank you for the One Big Fight 💙 — Shaun Ildefonso (@ShaunIldefonso) May 29, 2017 The gist of his message is this: He's joining NU to join his dad, and he feels like with the Bulldogs, his athletic potential will be fully realized. The rest of his message has him thanking friends that he made during his stay in college, and the rest of the Ateneo community.

For the case of this piece, only two facts are important: Shaun Ildefonso is going to NU, and a big reason for that happens to be his dad, Danny Ildefonso. So how do these factors affect not only Shaun, but other things as well?

Let's talk about just that.
How the decision affects Shaun It's important that we discuss the primary subject of this entire exercise. The reason t…

Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Morning Rundown: San Beda gives us a reminder of who's king

When you talk about NCAA teams in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, the Lyceum Pirates and the JRU Heavy Bombers are the ones who have stood out thus far.

The Heavy Bombers have shown that they're a team worth keeping an eye on after their opening day upset victory against the heavily favored De La Salle Green Archers. Ever since that victory, they've performed admirably led by their big gun in Teytey Teodoro. 
The Pirates have started to receive comparisons to the Letran Knights team that surprised everyone during NCAA Season 92 thanks to their unorthodox press, and their high-octane attack. They've been extremely tough to stop, and a big reason for that is none other than the Baby Beast himself CJ Perez. 
As both teams continue to make noise, all of a sudden, a loud roar is heard. The Heavy Bombers and the Pirates stand still. San Beda emerges and tells both teams as if they're Madison Montgomery from American Horror Story, "Surprise, bitch. I bet you t…