Athletes of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) become instant celebrities not only for their playing skills but also for their good looks.
From among the 15 sports events of the 78th season, basketball gets the most focus given its regular telecast on ABS-CBN’s sports channel, and of course, our love for the game.
Some UAAP cagers eventually joined the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and/or did showbiz on the side — Benjie Paras, Chris Tiu and recently Ateneo phenom Kiefer Ravena.
We asked female friends to select a player from each of the eight colleges from this year’s batch of cagers for our random eye-candy poll and they came out with this list:
- Joshua Torralba (De La Salle University Green Archers) is one of Chalk Magazine’s Campus Hotties 2015 contenders. The 6’2 guard idolizes Michael Jordan and is a fan of Ariana Grande.
- John Jordan Sta. Ana (University of the East Red Warriors). Dubbed “The Air Jordan,” Jordy previously played at University Basketball League (UBL) and was part of National University’s Bullpups at the UAAP Jrs.
- Nico Paolo Javelona (National University Bulldogs). One of his Twitter posts includes a photo with Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza) where the Bacolod native wrote in jest: “Meant to be. Kaya di natuloy ang kasal nila!”
- Kent Jefferson Lao (University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers) is 21 years old and has a degree in marketing management.
- Ken Mark Miranda (Adamson University Soaring Falcons) previously played for University of Perpetual Help Las Pinas’ Atlas. He is from Pangasinan.
- Richard Escoto (Far Eastern University Tamaraws) was among young players who competed in the 2014 FIBA U17 Word Championship. This 18 year-old cager stands 6 feet 3 inches.
- Joseph Matthew Nieto (Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles). Ateneo’s point guard stands at 5 ft 11 inches. Along with his twin brother Mike, he also competed at the 1014 FIBA U17 games. He was a member of the FilOil Premier Cup’s Mythical 5.
- Noah Webb (University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons). A De La Salle Zobel high school alumnus, Noah is the younger brother of Joshua Webb who previously played for the Green Archers, and the grandson of PBA icon and former senator Freddie Webb.
UAAP basketball kicks off on September 5.