10 UAAP Greats Who Enjoyed Lustrious Career in PBA for the past 2010s
THE University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has always made their student-athletes rise to the occasion, and when the spotlight shines on these rising stars, they would always deliver one of the biggest moments that every spectators will surely remember.
The PBA might be a different jungle, but these former prospects from UAAP have continued their legacy as a baller.
With that being said, let’s take a look and remember these UAAP 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.
Just missed the cut: Meralco’s Allein Maliksi (UST), Blackwater’s Mac Belo (FEU), and Meralco’s Chris Newsome (Ateneo)
Mark Barroca (FEU) – Magnolia Hotshots
One of the first faces of Gilas Pilipinas, the Magnolia franchise took a chance on Mark Barroca on 2011 PBA Draft when they acquired him via trade.
The former FEU standout became much more successful in the pro level when he won six championships with the Hotshots and two Finals MVP, and he also became one of the league’s shiftier guards in this decade.
Until now, Barroca has been steady with his productions despite the fact that the team has a frontcourt surplus.
Poy Erram (Ateneo) – NLEX Road Warriors
Of all the greats here in this list, Poy Erram just literally came out of nowhere, considering that he was only picked up in the second round of the 2013 PBA Draft.
The former Ateneo backup center slowly but surely found a niche in the league as years progressed with the Blackwater Elite, and he would get his own break in 2018 when he won the Defensive Player of the Year and Mythical Second Team.
The 6-foot-8 became a revelation not just on the defensive side, but also on the offensive end thanks to his ability to stretch out the floor.
Erram’s improvement earned him a spot on the Gilas roster in 2018 Asian Games, and also an essential role in NLEX’s solid campaigns.
Paul Lee (UE) – Magnolia Hotshots
Paul Lee started the 2010s decade as one of UE’s great players. A year later, he woud also made an immediate impact in the PBA a year later after he was selected by Rain Or Shine.
The “Lee-thal Weapon” made a name out of his scoring prowess and explosiveness on the court, which saw him a lot of success with the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters.
The three-time PBA champion would carry on his greatness with the Magnolia Hotshots, where he solidified himself as one of the league’s best players in the 2010s era.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (NU) – TNT KaTropa
Before Ray-Ray Parks finally took his talemts in the PBA just last year, he went to different leagues like NBA D-League, ABL, and MPBL to legitimize his basketball resume.
The hype for the two-time UAAP MVP was real after his stint with NU, since he also brings the name of the late PBA legend Bobby Ray Parks, and he has always meet everyone’s lofty expectations that were set upon him.
Although Parks has already been with two teams (Blackwater and TNT) in just his rookie season in PBA, he has shown a lot of promise as the league’s future star.
The fact that Parks was considered as the Best Player of the Conference at one point in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup only proves that he is ready to break the league.
Jason Perkins (La Salle) – Phoenix Fuel Masters
In 2017, Jason Perkins was chosen fourth overall by Phoenix over another La Salle great, Jeron Teng, which left most fans shocked during the draft day.
However, the versatile forward proved his naysayers wrong by capturing the Rookie of the Year award, all thanks to his consistent production on both ends.
The former UAAP Mythical team member also got a taste of Gilas stint in 3×3 SEA Games where he also won a gold medal.
Good thing is that Perkins has yet to reach his ceiling as a future star for Phoenix, which makes him more exciting to watch out.
RR Pogoy (FEU) – TNT KaTropa
RR Pogoy was consistent at best for the FEU Tamaraws when he won a championship in his final UAAP season, but his Gilas experience allowed him to elevate his career further in the PBA.
The 6-foot-2 swingman has continuously made a name for himself in TNT with his shooting beyond the arc, while also continuously improving as a rebounder and defender.
This is why Pogoy has always been a good choice for Gilas Pilipinas, and expect him to be picked at any given day.
Kiefer Ravena (Ateneo) – NLEX Road Warriors
As polarizing as Kiefer Ravena is right now, everyone still knew that he could hang with the PBA greats the moment he was selected second overall by the NLEX squad in 2017.
No one could deny that Ravena has also become a legend in Ateneo, thanks to his two UAAP MVPs and two UAAP championships.
Although his 18-month suspension delayed “The Phenom” in showcasing his early brilliance in the pro league, he has immediately picked up his pace and trying to prove once again that he is a superstar in the making.
Terrence Romeo (FEU) – San Miguel Beermen
FEU has never failed to produce numerous guards that became a huge name PBA, and Terrence Romeo benefited from that program.
Romeo has always took pride on being a volume scorer ever since his college days, and he was able to bring that reliable skills in the PBA.
However, his playing style did not translate into team success with Globalport and TNT that time, but when he landed in San Miguel Beermen, not only did he win his first-ever PBA title but also his first Finals MVP.
Whether you love him or hate him, “The Bro” has indeed saw himself as one of the PBA greats in this decade.
Troy Rosario (NU) – TNT KaTropa
Troy Rosario was an integral part in NU’s championship run in 2014, which is why TNT did not waste time in acquiring him the following year in the draft.
Rosario’s 6-foot-7 built was already enough for the fans to believe that he could stay in the PBA, but his versatility and mobility in the frontcourt only proved that he is a star in the making.
This is why the TNT forward has always been a huge asset for Gilas Pilipinas, because truly, height and skills does matter.
Greg Slaughter (Ateneo) – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Slaughter may have only stayed in Ateneo for two years, but he left a huge impact in UAAP.
Drafted by Ginebra as the first overall pick, the 6-foot-11 big man became a huge force in the league all thanks to his towering height and finesse skills.
Although “Gregzilla” has lost his step when suffered an ACL tear in 2016, he was still steady as ever for the Gin Kings.
In fact, he would go on to win three championships and claim the Best Player of the Conference award in 2017.