Standhardinger leads 44 hopefuls in 2017 PBA Draft

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Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger and marquee homegrown talents Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng lead a total of 44 players who made themselves available for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft set Oct. 29at Robinson’s Place Manila.

Raymar Jose and Jett Manuel, who suited up with Chooks To Go Pilipinas with Ravena and Teng in the recent FIBA Asia Cup, also listed up for the coming draft exercise where the Kia Picanto will be No. 1 in the draft order.

Fil-foreign players Jason Perkins from La Salle and Davon Potts from San Beda are among the top prospects.

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What does Christian Standhardinger like about the PBA?

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Fil-German Christian Standhardinger is one of the many hopefuls who have applied for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.

Standhardinger is projected to be a top three pick after becoming a household name because of his outstanding stints with Gilas Pilipinas in three international tournaments — Jones Cup, FIBA Asia Cup and SEA Games.

Many Filipino basketball fans were thrilled to find out Standhardinger decided to join the draft. But for him, it was a no-brainer.

“It was not a tough decision. It’s a goal of mine to play in the PBA so it wasn’t a tough decision. I’m excited for what the future brings,” Standhardinger said in a Skype interview with Sports Desk host Mico Halili on Tuesday evening.

Standhardinger already had an idea about the PBA before he suited up for Gilas, but mentioned it gave him more reason to join the draft when he got more acquainted with his teammates on the national team.

“(The PBA) was obviously a league I was striving to play in one day. Then I played with Gilas and I met my teammates, and you guys all know I love my teammates. Those are great guys and they told me about the PBA and that it’s a great league. That was even more incentive to put my name in the draft,” he explained.

Ever since news came out he applied for the PBA draft, the Fil-German has been receiving a ton of heartfelt messages from his fans.

“It’s crazy how many messages I get saying ‘Please put your name in’ and ‘I’m excited you put your name in.’ My Instagram account is going crazy, my Facebook account is going crazy. I really appreciate all those messages,” he said. “I’m looking forward to connect even more with the fans. The fans in the Philippines are just great.”

Asked what he likes about the PBA, Standhardinger said he digs the up-and-down playing style and the amount of energy players have on the court.

“I like their style of play, it’s very fast-paced. It’s very emotional and very passionate, and I like that. Those are characteristics I try to bring out in myself when I play basketball and I also like seeing on the court,” he said. “That’s what excites me about the PBA.”

And though the next PBA season is still a few months away, Standhardinger said he is ready to leave Germany and start a life here in Manila.

“I know the great things about the Philippines and Manila and all. I’m ready to move forward and I hope to play in the PBA soon, and be part of this country and live in it.”

Gilas standout Standhardinger leads Fil-foreign PBA Draft hopefuls

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A talented batch of Fil-foreign ballers led by Gilas Pilipinas big man Christian Standhardinger have made themselves available for the 2017 PBA Draft on October 29.

The 6-foot-7 Standhardinger, a Fil-German by birth, submitted his application thru email to PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa early Monday.

These shirts will make you miss the PBA of old

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A huge chunk of my childhood was spent watching basketball games on TV. Whether it was the NBA or the PBA, I really enjoyed the competitiveness of the game.

My love for basketball only grew when I hit high school. My classmates and I would talk about the PBA most of the time, and during recess or lunch breaks we’d even play 3-on-3 inside the classroom — with the door as our hoop, emulating our favorite PBA players.

I was a huge Alaska fan growing up, mostly because of Johnny Abarrientos. I was short when I was a kid so I looked up to players who could do wonders on the court despite their size, and Johnny A was the epitome of that. I had an affinity for the way he played the game — he gave it his all and didn’t shy away from bigger opponents. He always seemed to make the right play at the right time, not succumbing to pressure.

Another player I admired watching was Vergel Meneses because of his artistic moves, which at the time were insane. He’d do things on the court that would make you just go, “WOW.” That’s why during the 90s, I rooted for Alaska and Sunkist.

The other day I chanced upon a photo album of shirts from the Epic Wear Facebook page. I had never heard of them before but the photos they posted caught my eye because they were selling shirts that featured monikers of old school PBA stars.

I know these weren’t official PBA merchandise but the shirts looked dope and paid tribute to all the players we miss watching. Nostalgic, right? Reminded me of how exciting and fun the PBA was back in the day.

I just posted a few favorites here, but you can check out the complete collection here. You can cop these shirts at P350 each. Message Epic Wear on Facebook for details.

 

Rookie RR Pogoy playing like a veteran for TNT

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Roger Pogoy may only be a rookie, but the young TNT wingman plays with the confidence of a veteran this season.

The 6-2 former Far Eastern University showed just that on Sunday, firing 17 points, none bigger than his three-point shot with under two minutes left to help TNT beat a rallying Barangay Ginebra side, 100-94 in the opening game of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series.

A deadly gunner, whose confidence grew further with his recent stints at Gilas, Pogoy’s heads-up play earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of June 6-11.

Pogoy, who will only turn 25 this coming Friday defeated TNT teammate Ranidel de Ocampo and Star forwards Allein Maliksi and Aldrech Ramos for the weekly citation.

The Cebuano shooter’s transition to the pros is seamless considering that he is now playing under Nash Racela, his coach back in college where they won a UAAP men’s championship in 2015.

TNT now holds a 2-0 lead over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel after escaping with a 107-103 win in Game 2 on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Pogoy finished with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, to go along with four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Meralco’s Baser Amer continues to elevate his game in Commissioner’s Cup

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In just his second season as a pro, Baser Amer has showed the maturity of a veteran as evidenced by his latest performance last Wednesday.

The former San Beda star fired 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, to go along with 3 assists, leading the Bolts to an 81-66 thumping of Phoenix.

Ginebra stays hot as LA Tenorio earns second PBA Player of the Week nod

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LA Tenorio captured his second Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of Week citation following another stellar performance for the red-hot Barangay Ginebra.

The Ginebra top playmaker played a significant role in the Kings’ current four-game winning streak after rapping winless NLEX Road Warriors, 101-92, last Wednesday, before humbling powerhouse TNT, 101-82, in the battle of streaking squads on Sunday.