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05-10-2007, 09:47 AM
Is he the next big thing in amateur basketball?


HE ARRIVED in the country only last week and just played for two games for Henkel Sista in the PBL Unity Cup, but this early, Ryan Reyes is already being hailed by many as the next important player in the amateur league.

At 6-foot-1, Reyes is perfect for the role of a point-guard. He’s quick, strong and creative.

In the words of coach Caloy Garcia, the 23-year-old Reyes is manna from heaven.

"Hulog siya ng langit sa amin," said Garcia after Reyes powered the Super Sealers to a 67-61 come-from-behind win over San Miguel-Magnolia last Tuesday.

Playing only his second match, Reyes tallied 20 point on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and was perfect from the stripes, making all five attempts.

But what sets Reyes apart from his teammates is his ability to take over at crunch time. And to think that the guy has yet to trade cell phone numbers with his teammates.

"I just want to bring out the best from my teammates that’s why I played hard. I want to lead the team as long as I can help," said Reyes, a former high school teammate of Jason Kapono of the Miami Heat.

Reyes’ gung-ho brand of basketball has not escaped the attention of PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad.

"May mapupuntahan ang batang ito, masipag at deadly sa perimeter," said Trinidad.

In his debut – also against Magnolia last Saturday – Reyes showed a glimpse of what he can do, logging in 18 points in just 16 minutes of action.

The comparison with PBA stars Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa could not be avoided.

"Pang showtime talaga siya," said Garcia.

But unlike some Fil-Americans whose behavior have raised eyebrows, Reyes appears to maintain an attitude dear to Filipinos.

"Ang bait na bata ito, hindi siya katulad ng ibang Fil-Am, walang reklamo ito sa katawan," said player-agent Charlie Dy.

Reyes is no stranger to the Philippine basketball.

Two years ago, he played for the national team then bankrolled by businessman Henri Jean Lhuillier. When the team disbanded, he went back to the United States to finish a degree in physical therapy at Cal State Fullerton.

When presented with another opportunity to play here, Reyes said he did not think twice and packed his bag to return to the Philippines after Sista made an offer he could not refuse.

"I really like to play here, so when I got an offer, I did not hesitate to come here," said Reyes, whose father hails from Batangas.

The PBA beckons for the talented Fil-Am, but he wants to don the national jersey first before making the big jump.

"If there’s an opportunity, why not," Reyes said.

05-10-2007, 05:57 PM
Sana lang hindi maturuan ng masamang asal ni Charlie Dy.

05-10-2007, 06:16 PM
Buhay pa pala itong si Charlie Dy.

05-11-2007, 12:32 AM
not up to date with player agents.... does charlie have any issues or controversies associated with him? how about the other agents? sino sa kanila ang merong palabra de honor and takes care of their players?

Buhay pa pala itong si Charlie Dy.*

05-12-2007, 05:42 PM
^ Controversies followed him wherever he went. He first gained notoriety while being part of a Junior's team as assistant coach.

06-05-2007, 09:38 AM
not up to date with player agents.... does charlie have any issues or controversies associated with him? how about the other agents? sino sa kanila ang merong palabra de honor and takes care of their players?

Buhay pa pala itong si Charlie Dy.*

Charlie Dy is the reason why all of this player movement has led to conflict and animosity among schools and teams. His last (but certainly not last or only) masterpiece was convincing JR Reyes that a pro ball career trumps a college degree anytime.

At least Ryan Reyes won't be going to school but just playing ball, so I guess that eliminates any conflict with the venerable Mr Dy.

06-05-2007, 09:40 AM
Speaking of Ryan Reyes I wonder what happened top another Fil-Am surnamed Reyes, ROB REYES formerly of Harbor Centre. Nick Stephens, a gameface.ph find thanks to Pachador, is now the designated Fil-Am for the Batang Pier. Whatever became of Rob Reyes?

06-05-2007, 11:09 AM
Rob Reyes went back to the U.S. after he was not drafted or was ineligible to be drafted (I think one has to play a minimum number of games in the PBL). Stephens is a recruit out of Holy Names College in Oakland as per reports..

06-05-2007, 04:51 PM
Itong si Ryan Reyes ewan ko lang kung tatagal sa PBL, o kahit man lang sa bansa. Sa totoo lang gusto ko sanang maniwala na si Reyes ay isa na namang susunod sa mga yapak nina Jay Helterbrand o Mike Cortez.

Pero sa nakikita kong laro niya sa ngayon tila yata mas malapit siya sa mga gaya nina Alex Cabagnot o 'di kaya si Kelvin Dela Pena. Mahusay siya ngunit hindi pa pang-superstar na maituturing ang kanyang galing. Oo nga't umangat naman ang laro ng Henkel sa kanyang pagdating, pero sa binaba naman ng uri ng laro ng Sista wala naman ng ibang pupuntahan ang laro nila kundi paangat, napadali lang siguro ni Reyes ng bahagya.

Madali't sabi mukhang hindi siya ang maituturing na "next big thing in amateur basketball..."