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UAAP players dominate PBA rosters, 2012 draft candidates

August 16, 2012 8:24pm

Forty-five percent of the current players in the PBA came from a UAAP school, with 30 percent of the incoming draft class sharing their roots.

Out of the 153 players that were listed on a PBA roster during the 2012 PBA Governors' Cup, 69 of them came from a UAAP school, compared to just 26 players, or 17 percent, from the NCAA.

In fact, there is a higher percentage of players who came from American colleges, 39 players to be precise, or 26 percent, than those that came from one of the eight NCAA schools at the beginning of the millennium.

The remaining 19 came from non-UAAP, non-NCAA colleges, or institutions that have only recently become members of the NCAA, such as Lyceum of the Philippines University and Emilio Aguinaldo College.

In Sunday's 2012 PBA Draft, players from the UAAP once again fill the ranks of the aspirants, with 21 of the 71 initial prospects coming from that league.

Fifteen players come from the United States, while 14 come from the NCAA.

Surprisingly, 21 do not come from one of the aforementioned sources, equaling the amount from the UAAP.

Going back to the PBA, there are currently 69 UAAP players already playing in the pros, and a solid 20 percent came from De La Salle University, with another 20 percent, or 14 players, hailing from the University of the East.

Ateneo and UST players come a close second, with 11 each from Katipunan and España, or 16 percent.

FEU (10 players), UP, (5 players), NU (3 players) and Adamson (3 players), round out the list.

Meanwhile, a similar break down of NCAA schools shows that most of the players from that league come from San Sebastian College, with 8 of their 26 representatives being former Golden Stags.

Letran is second-most, with six former Knights, followed by San Beda College with four Red Lions, and PCU, prior to leaving the league, sending four Dolphins to the professional ranks.

St. Benilde and Jose Rizal University has two players each, while the University of Perpetual Help and the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals have none. - AMD, GMA News
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