THREE more Jose Rizal University players hope to follow the footsteps of their well-known coach, Vergel Meneses.
The three --John Paolo Pontejos, Chris Jordan Dela Paz and Jaycee Asuncion -- have applied to join tomorrow’s Annual Gatorade PBA Draft.2016 at Robinson’s Place Manila.
The three mainstays are included in the list of 55 rookie aspirants seeking entry to Asia’s first play-for-pay league.
Pontejos, a 5-11 point guard from Sta. Rosa, Laguna, is one of JRU’s main offensive weapons along with Bernabe Teodoro.
Pontejos, who played high school ball in Collegio de San Agustin and San Beda College, emerged as the team’s second leading scorer with an average of 10.9 per game behind only Teodoro’s 15.6 per game.
De la Paz, a 6-2 forward, was JRU’s leader since his high school days where he led the Light Bombers to several winning moments. He was also one of the key players of the Heavy Bombers’ title campaign in Millennium Basketball League (MBL).
Pontejos and Dela Paz played their last year in the NCAA.
Asuncion, the 5-11 guard from Valenzuela City, is ready to bring his wares to the PBA having played in the D-League and several commercial leagues.
Last year, Michael Mabulac, John Byron Villarias and Phillip Paniamogan joined fellow Heavy Bombers Jeckster Apinan, John Wilson, Marvin Hayes and John Sena as JRU’s contributions to the PBA in recent years.
Meneses, and the whole JRU community, led by athletic director Paul Supan and JRU alumni headed by Cora Rodrigo, are fully supporting the players’ bid to join the PBA.
“We’re excited for our players. They are all capable of playing in the PBA and will surely excel given the opportunity to play,” said Meneses, nicknamed the ‘Aerial Voyager’ during his playing days.
Aside from Meneses, the other prominent JRU players who made their mark un the PBA were n the Phillip Cezar, David Cezar, Manny Victorinio, Angelito Ladores and movie-TV personality Jimmy Santos.