10 NCAA Greats Who Enjoyed Lustrious Career in PBA for the past 2010s
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has produced a surplus of raw talents and rising stars fir the past decade.
It is no surprise that most promising prospects had fulfilled their potentials in the PBA after enjoying their respective successes in the amateur league.
Let’s take a look and remember these NCAA greats who panned out in the big league since 2010.
Quick Note: FastBreak decided not to rank these stars according to their impact or stats, as these two does not tell the whole story of their journey towards to where they are right now in PBA.
Also, all of these players (apart from RJ Jazul) were given the opportunity and privilege to represent Gilas Pilipinas in all of its tournaments.
In Alphabetical Order
Calvin Abueva – Phoenix Fuel Masters
Known as “The Beast” way back in San Sebastian due to his ability to score and rebound, Abueva entered the PBA in 2012 as the second overall pick and quickly made an impact when he won the Rookie of the Year.
The former 2011 NCAA MVP also earned a lot of accolades as his career progressed –PBA Champion with Alaska Aces (2013 Commissioner’s Cup), two Mythical First Team selection, All Defensive Team, seven-time All Star, and Best Player of the Conference (2016 Commissioner’s Cup).
Although Abueva’s legacy was marred by numerous controversies especially this year — starting with his lewd gesture against Bobby Ray Parks’ girlfriend and his intentional shove to TNT import Terrence Jones — there is no denying that he made a name for himself as a tenacious baller.
Kevin Alas – NLEX Road Warriors
The two-time NCAA Mythical Team Member back with the Letran Knights, Alas saw a lot of promise back in 2014 when he was picked by Talk N’ Text with second overall.
As soon as the crafty guard won his first championship with TNT, he was traded to NLEX Road Warriors a year later and became one of the team’s go-to guy thanks to his ability to finish at the rim.
The only thing that is stopping Alas to reach his full potential right noe is his numerous injuries, including a back-to-back torn ACL. Nonetheless, he still has a lot of years left for him to at least prove himself in the league.
Raymond Almazan – Meralco Bolts
The former Letran MVP also headlined the 2013 PBA Draft ehen he was selected third overall by Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters — only behind by fellow bigs Greg Slaughter and Ian Sangalang who were chosen first and second respectively.
The 6-foot-7 Almazan established himself as a premiere rim protector who could also stretch the floor with his decent outside shooting.
A two-time All Star and PBA Champion, Almazan is currently having a career conference with the Meralco Bolts.
Baser Amer – Meralco Bolts
Known as “The Hammer” back in his San Beda days, Amer was acquired by the Bolts with the 7th pick back in 2015.
The four-time NCAA champion became well-known for his playmaking skills, which allowed him to prosper in the PBA for quite some time now.
So far, Amer has been chosen in the All Star Team thrice, including an All-Star MVP award in 2018 with team Mindanao.
Robert Bolick – NorthPort Batang Pier
Selected by NorthPort at third overall in the 2018 PBA Draft, the former Red Lion Bolick was one of the exciting new faces entering the PBA.
The 2017 NCAA Finals MVP quickly established himself as Batang Pier’s upcoming franchise player when he became the Player of the Week and Rookie of the Month.
Although Bolick is still out with a tear ACL, there is no doubt that his road to superstardom is still ongoing.
Jio Jalalon – Magnolia Hotshots
“The Bus Driver” brought Arellano Chiefs to two Finals appearance in NCAA, which earned him a special selection in the 2016 PBA Draft by the Magnolia franchise.
From there, Jalalon would go on to become a three-time All Star in his first three years in PBA, and he was an integral part in Magnolia’s title run in the 2018 Governor’s Cup.
Indeed, Jalalon can do it all on the court and he has been a huge threat on both ends.
RJ Jazul – Phoenix Fuel Masters
Shooting has come a long way for the former Letran Knight.
Drafted at the beginning of the decade, the sharpshooting guard has been heavily-utilized for his reliable outside range for the past 10 years, and he has yet to cool off, unlike his other peers.
Jazul may not have reached the All-Star level in his playing years, but his longevity in the league that solidified him as a quality player.
CJay Perez – Columbian Dyip
Perez, who brought Lyceum to its back-to-back Finals appearances, was able to follow up his NCAA success in the professional level.
The do-it-all forward was chosen first overall by Columbian, and so far he has been the frontrunner for this season’s Rookie of the Year.
Perez has continuously making waves not just in the local scene, but also in the international stage, and the best part of that is that he is just getting started.
Ian Sangalang – Magnolia Hotshots
Sanggalang is one of the San Sebastian greats who also became a star of his own.
The 2012 NCAA MVP has always been a reliable big man for the Magnolia despite suffering an ACL tear during his tenure.
Still, no one could take away Sangalang’s All-Star recognition and four PBA championships with the Hotshots.
Scottie Thompson – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
From a triple-double machine with the Perpetual Help Altas to a fan-favorite guy in Ginebra.
The 2014 NCAA MVP was not only one of the key players in Ginebra’s three championship runs, but he was also hailed as the Finals MVP in 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.
Expect Thompson to be mentioned as one of the greats in PBA in the future.