The NBA and the US college hoops scene are filled with eager talks of the freshmen triumvirate of Anthony Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle. They’re on magazine covers, news broadcasts, sports blogs, and the all-encompassing, almighty Twitter feed.
Here in the country, a buzz has also been generating about several youngsters, talented seniors from the high school basketball scene, who have caught the eye of collegiate teams looking for additional firepower. Or in the case of the UP Fighting Maroons, just anyone who can dribble a ball. (Zing!) These up-and-comers will be graduating this March and soon, they’ll land in the UAAP or the NCAA.
There are hundreds of high schools in the archipelago and it’s always difficult to filter out the best players. But as always, we did the tedious work for you loyal readers. We meticulously picked the most touted ones and ranked them accordingly. Honorable mention goes to San Beda’s Rev Diputado, Hope Christian’s John Apacible (committed to Ateneo), and UPIS’ Raymart Sablan for almost making the cut.
Let’s dive into it: Here are FHM's list of the country's Top 10 High School Seniors! Pay attention, recruiters (and fangirls)!
10. JERIC ADORIO
School: Jose Rizal University
Committed to: Undecided
Perhaps the rawest among the bunch, the unassuming guard has the makings of an offensive spitfire and pesky backcourt defender. He relies mostly on his impressive athleticism, which surely worked for him in the last NCAA Juniors season as he finished second in the MVP race (we’ll talk about the winner a little later) and won Rookie of the Year.
Like James Yap, Ronald Tubid, and Emman Monfort, the 6-foot-0 Adorio first honed his skills in Iloilo (Sun Yat Sen High School) before eventually packing his bags to Manila. He was eligible for only a year with the Light Bombers but he made it as worthwhile as spending a night with Heart Evangelista. From an obscure province kid, he’s now one of the more appealing high school prospects. He, however, needs to bulk up if he wants to crack a college squad and keep up with the bigger, heftier guards.
9. CLINT DOLIGUEZ
School: Hope Christian High School
Committed to: Ateneo Blue Eagles
Although a much-touted recruit, Doliguez will be hard-pressed to make an immediate impact for the Blue Eagles. But he sure has heaps of potential and Ateneo sees it. He’s a versatile wingman, who can score in a variety of ways: off the dribble, midrange jumper, lane penetration, put-back, etc. But what impresses scouts the most is his motor. He’ll have the same level of energy from 10:00 of the first quarter to 00:00 of the fourth.
While unknown to most fans after playing for Hope Christian in the Tiong Lian Basketball League, the 6-foot-1 workhorse has surely gotten the attention of the prep hoops scene, winning MVP awards in various leagues, like the Metro Manila Basketball League and the National Basketball Training Center, the country’s version of the McDonald’s All-America. Watching him and fellow energizer Chris Newsome will be as fun as watching re-runs of Jackass, while incredibly plastered with beer.
8. JAY JAVELOSA
School: Reedley International School
Committed to: Ateneo Blue Eagles
The 6-foot-5 pivot will return to Katipunan this year after recently committing to suit up for Ateneo. He actually started his productive high school career with the Blue Eaglets before transferring to Reedley two years ago due to academic complications. He’s the latest addition to the Loyola Heights Aggressive Agency this summer. With the graduation of big men Poy Erram and Frank Golla, Javelosa could see consistent minutes off the bench.
Javelosa (No. 8) working in the paint at the 2011 SEABA
U-16 Championship (don't mind the strange music)