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Kai Sotto bares increases in height, wingspan

The NBA G League Ignite big man posted new "facts" about him on his Twitter account on Thursday morning......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 14th, 2021

10,000 Pasig evacuees return home

Around 10,000 individuals from Pasig City who evacuated at the height of Typhoon Ulysses were allowed to go home as floods have receded, Mayor Vico Sotto said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2020

SMC insures 5,000 Cebu frontliners for P2 M each

Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has provided life insurance coverage for about 5,000 medical front liners from 18 hospitals across Cebu, insuring them for P2 million each. SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang “We started this initiative several months ago, at the height of COVID-19 cases in Cebu, when our medical front liners there were really having a hard time,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang. He noted that, “Many of them were also testing positive for the coronavirus. We wanted to do something to help protect them, and to show our solidarity and support for them.” With the insurance packages, obtained through Cocolife, Ang said that medical front liners in Cebu can now have added security as they save lives and fight the virus. “Saving lives is still our highest priority. Unfortunately, COVID-19 can affect anyone, even our doctors and nurses. As much as possible, we cannot lose any more lives, especially not our medical front liners, because they are the ones tasked to save lives. Through this effort, we hope they feel that their everyday sacrifices are valued and appreciated,” Ang added. Under the program, SMC paid all the premiums for the insurance of medical front liners. Thus far, SMC’s P2 million coverage-each insurance package has benefited front liners in the following Cebu hospitals: Perpetual Soccour Hospital (459), Cebu Doctors University Hospital (254), Southwestern University Medical Center (36), St. Vincent General Shopital (99), Mendero Medical Center (77), Visayas Community Medical Center (62), Adventist Hospital Cebu (189),  Chong Hua Hospital (1,303), Cebu South General Hospital (125), Cebu Velez General Hospital (143), Cebu City Medical Center (12), Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (65), Talisay District Hospital (30), Arc Hospital (44), Cebu North (91), Mactan Doctors’ Hospital (155), Allegiant Regional Care (305), Univeristy of Cebu Medical Center (278). Some 61 Infectious disease specialists and pulmonologists and hundreds of other medical workers were also provided the same insurance coverage......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Kai Sotto in the 'NBA Radar' with G League stint

With Kai Sotto in the G League, all eyes will be on him. That's true for pretty much all local basketball fans as Kai attempts to become the first homegrown Filipino to play in the NBA. With Kai in the G League, NBA eyes will be on him as well. Just how well Sotto plays in the Select Team with other high-profile prospects like 2020 no. 1 Jalen Green could determine whether he gets drafted or not in a couple of years. "For now that was the best option because the people being the G League are also the NBA people. This is an NBA project," former Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes said on Coaches Unfiltered about Kai's most latest move in the US. "It was good strategically for Kai to be there so that he's already in the "NBA radar" and part of the NBA family. It's going to improve his chances of eventually getting drafted," he added. Kai in the G League gives the 7'2" teen the best competition he can get as he prepares for the NBA. Armed with height, youth, and skill, harnessing all that potential really takes priority. Well, that and making sure his body is built for the big boy league. "For me, it's not really the skills. I have no worry about Kai's skills, he has all the skills for a basketball player. I think he's gained 22 or 24 pounds already? [And] there's specific movements that their working on with his bio mechanics. Those are the little things their working on," coach Chot said of Kai. "Being around Jalen Green and all that, that means everyday he's going to get top-level competition. That's what Kai needs. He needs to toughen up, sa tagalog tawag natin kailangan niya mabugbog," Reyes added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2020

'6OAT June Mar Fajardo keeps his eye on 7 2' Kai Sotto

Kai Sotto might as well be the Philippines' greatest chance of having a homegrown talent to play in the NBA. The 7'2" teen phenom took a huge step towards realizing that dream, choosing to forego college in the US and instead play in the NBA G League. In the Select team, Kai will team up with top prospect Jalen Green and will be coached by former Laker Brian Shaw. The basketball-crazy Filipinos will be paying attention, including six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, the best local player today and perhaps even ever. "First yung height niya, sobrang tangkad," June Mar said on Kai's greatest strengths. Fajardo talked briefly about Sotto in an interview with Ms. Dyan Castillejo for Sports U. "Tapos yung skills niya, sobrang ganda ng mga galaw. Napapanood ko mga videos niya, sobrang ganda. Dami ko rin natutunan," June Mar added of Kai. The 6'10" Fajardo always did have good words for Kai. [Related: June Mar on Kai: Grabe yung potential niya] The two behemoths got the chance to meet during Gilas Pilipinas practice over two years ago and June Mar was already in awe of Kai, who was only 15-years-old then. "Grabe yung potential niya, sobrang bright ng future niya," Fajardo said of Sotto.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2020

Kai Sotto-led biggest-ever Batang Gilas, where are they now?

The Philippines paraded its biggest-ever national youth team in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Championships. In 6-foot-7 Raven Cortez, 6-foot-7 Carl Tamayo, 6-foot-8 Geo Chiu, and 7-foot-1 (back then, because he's 7-foot-2 now) Kai Sotto, Batang Gilas had twin towers times two to go toe-to-toe with the rest of the world. Add to that forwards Yukien Andrada and Josh Lazaro at 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-4, respectively, and without a doubt, that Filipino frontline was formidable. In all, the Philippines stood with an average height of 6-foot-5 in the world meet. Ultimately, however, they still fell short and went winless through the group stages against Croatia (75-97), France (54-95), and Argentina (71-74) before being officially ousted by Canada in the Round of 16 by a score of 102-62. In the end, Batang Gilas still salvaged wins in their last two games, both classification matches, at the expense of Egypt (70-69) and then New Zealand (73-51). And in the end, while they still fell short of making any headway in the tournament itself, they still improved on a one-win and 15th-place finish the last time around. Now, the Filipinos sported an overall slate of 2-5 stood 13th out of 16 teams. Moving forward, they remain upbeat about their chances as they now had the size that holds nothing but promise for the future - and all that's left to do is keeping at the skills themselves. Two years later, have the country's most promising prospects done just that? Let's look at where they've gone after the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Championships and where they are going to even farther: FORTHSKY PADRIGAO, 5-11 G Still playing for Ateneo. Won championship and made Mythical Team as Blue Eaglet. TERRENCE FORTEA, 5-11 G Still playing for National U. Won back-to-back championships as Bullpup. GERRY ABADIANO, 5-11 G Played for National U. Won back-to-back championships as Bullpup. Commitment to college yet to be decided. MAC GUADANA, 5-11 G Played for LPU and led them to first-ever Final Four and Finals. Made Mythical Team as Jr. Pirate. Committed to LPU. MIGS PASCUAL, 5-11 G Played for DLSZ. Transferred to and still playing for San Beda. Won championship as Red Cub. RC CALIMAG, 6-1 G/F Transferred to and played for LSGH. Committed to UP. YUKIEN ANDRADA, 6-5 F Played for San Beda. Won championship and made Mythical Team as Red Cub. Committed to San Beda. CARL TAMAYO, 6-7 F/C Played for National U. Won back-to-back championships and Finals MVPs as Bullpup. Commitment to college yet to be decided. JOSH LAZARO, 6-4 F Played for San Beda. Transferred to and still playing for Ateneo. Made Mythical Team as Blue Eaglet. GEO CHIU, 6-8 C Played for Ateneo. Won championship as Blue Eaglet. Committed to and still playing for Ateneo. Won championship as Blue Eagle. RAVEN CORTEZ, 6-7 F/C Still playing for DLSZ. KAI SOTTO, 7-1 C Played for Ateneo. Won championship and MVP as Blue Eaglet. Took talents to US to train with Atlanta-based The Skills Factory. Played in 2020 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp. Featured by Bleacher Report. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 2020

Jamike Jarin s 2014 Batang Gilas, where are they now?

Slowly but surely, the Philippines has returned to legitimate contention in international basketball. That also goes for the national youth team - what with Kai Sotto lifting Filipinos to greater and greater heights. It wasn't that long ago, however, that the blue, red, and white had just played its first game in the FIBA Under-17 World Championships. After missing the first two editions of the world meet in 2010 and 2012, Batang Gilas barged onto the scene in 2014 - and they did so all while boasting an average height of 6-feet. First, the Filipinos re-asserted their mastery over Southeast Asia and swept the 2013 SEA Basketball Association (SEABA) Under-16 Championship before just falling short in the gold medal game against China in the 2013 FIBA Asia Under-17 Championship. Still, that second-place finish booked them a ticket to the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. Once in Dubai, head coach Jamike Jarin and his boys gave their all only to fall victim to the likes of Angola, 72-82; Greece, 65-85; and eventual champion USA, 64-124, in the group stages. The Philippines was officially booted out of contention by France, 57-86, in the Round of 16 and then lost classification matches opposite Argentina and Egypt. By then, they had faced off with future NBA All-Star Jayson Tatum and NBA players Harry Giles, Josh Jackson, and Giorgios Papagiannis. Up against United Arab Emirates in the last classification match, Batang Gilas finally scored a win and finished 15th out of 16 teams. Even so, getting back to the world stage remains a momentous milestone for Philippine youth basketball - and it was all thanks to coach Jamike and his 2014 Batang Gilas. The question is, all of them, where are they now? JOLLO GO, 5-10 G Finished high school in Hope Christian. Committed to and played for La Salle. Now playing for Manila Stars in MPBL. MATT NIETO, 6-1 G Finished high school in Ateneo. Won championship as Blue Eaglet. Committed to and played for Ateneo. Won three championships as Blue Eagle. Named to Gilas Pilipinas pool. Drafted by NLEX. Now playing for Gilas Pilipinas. DIEGO DARIO, 5-7 G Finished high school in UPIS. Committed to and played for UP. Drafted by and now playing for Blackwater. MIKE NIETO, 6-2 F Finished high school in Ateneo. Won championship as Blue Eaglet. Committed to and played for Ateneo. Won three championships as Blue Eagle. Named to Gilas Pilipinas pool. Drafted by Rain or Shine. Now playing for Gilas Pilipinas pool. RENZO NAVARRO, 5-8 G Finished high school in San Sebastian. Committed to and played for La Salle. Transferred to and played for San Sebastian. Transferred to and now playing for LPU. ARNIE PADILLA, 6-1 F Finished high school in FEU-Diliman. Committed to and played for Enderun. JOLO MENDOZA. 5-9 G Finished high school in Ateneo. Won championship as Blue Eaglet. Committed to and played for Ateneo. Won two championships as Blue Eagle. Now playing for Ateneo. MIKE PANLILIO, 5-11 G Finished high school in International School Manila. Migrated to USA. Committed to and played for Fordham. MIKE DELA CRUZ, 6-0 F Finished high school in LSGH. Migrated to USA. CARLO ABADEZA, 6-3 C Transferred to and finished high school in Arellano. Committed to San Beda. Transferred to La Salle. Transferred to and now playing for LPU. RICHARD ESCOTO, 6-3 C Finished high school in FEU-Diliman. Committed to and played for FEU. Played for Iloilo United Royals in MPBL. Drafted by and now playing for Blackwater. PAUL DESIDERIO, 6-1 F Finished high school in UV. Committed to and played for UP. Became "Mr. Atin 'To." Drafted by and now playing for Blackwater. JAMIKE JARIN, HEAD COACH Assistant in Ateneo and Meralco. Head coach in San Beda. Head coach in National U. Now coaching as assistant in UE. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

20 for 20: Pinoy Sports Personalities to Watch in 2020

As we enter a new decade, ABS-CBN Sports takes a look at 20 Pinoy sports personalities destined to shine in 2020.    Kiefer Ravena After an 18-month wait, Kiefer Ravena is finally back in basketball. Despite only playing in the PBA’s third conference, his impact was immediate, leading NLEX to the number 1 seed in the Governors’ Cup. The Road Warriors didn’t advance sure, but if Kiefer can impact a team that way in limited time, wait until you see what he can do with a full offseason.   Alex Eala At just 14 years old, Filipina tennister Alex Eala is already turning heads, and she’s yet to turn pro. With a runner-up finish at the ITF Mayor’s Cup in Osaka, Japan and her first ITF Juniors title in Cape Town, South Africa, Alex has had quite the fruitful year, leading to a career-best 11th-place ranking in the ITF Juniors table to finish the year.  Heading into 2020, Eala now has her sights set on turning pro as she plans to join more professional tournaments to raise her ranking even more. Expect the young tennis star to make even more headlines in the coming year.     Bryan Bagunas A vital cog in the national team’s silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Bagunas is considered as one of the best Filipino volleyball players in this generation. Eyes will be on his blossoming international career playing as an import in the Japan V. Premier League.         Margielyn Didal While already a household name in Philippine skateboarding due to her success in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Margielyn Didal made even more waves in 2019. The 20-year old Cebuana reached the semifinals of the 2019 SLS World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and captured gold in the 2019 National Championships and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.  Didal is currently looking to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and if she can do so, it’s highly likely that the Pinay skater can become an even bigger star in the industry.    Marck Espejo After his spectacular collegiate career with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, Marck Espejo's colorful career as part of the men's national volleyball team and in the club league continues to blossom. Just like Bryan Bagunas, Espejo will be showing his skills internationally with a stint in Thailand following a historic silver medal finish at the 30th SEA Games.   Yuka Saso After a decorated amateur career that saw her  participate in major tournaments such as the Ladies’ European Tour, the Summer Youth Olympics and claim top honors in the 2018 Asian Games, 2018 and 2019 Philippine Ladies Open, and the 2019 Girls’ Junior PGA Championship, 18-year old Pinay golfer Yuka Saso finally made the jump to pro in November of 2019.  With even more competitions in store plus a 2020 Tokyo Olympics berth in her crosshairs, it’s quite likely that we hear more about Saso in the coming months.  Carlos Yulo Perhaps no other young athlete in the Philippines shot to stardom faster than gymnastics phenomenon Carlos Edriel Yulo. After a gold medal finish in the floor exercise at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Yulo hauled in even more hardware in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, taking home two more gold medals and five silvers.  Yulo’s spectacular 2019 earned him a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and if his SEA Games and World Championships performances are any indication, Caloy is bound for another podium finish on the biggest stage there is.   Eya Laure Last UAAP season’s rookie of the year will return as the heir apparent of Season 81 MVP Sisi Rondina. With her national team stint, all eyes will be on the younger Laure as she reunites with older sister EJ as they try to bring University of Sto. Tomas back in the Finals after falling short last year. Hidilyn Diaz 2019 was another big year for Olympic silver medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, highlighted by her first ever gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Diaz also finished with silver medals in the 2019 Asian Championships and a bronze in the 2019 World Championships.  All those podium finishes are crucial in Diaz’s quest for another Olympics berth in 2020. Should the 28-year lock up another spot in the Summer Games in Tokyo, we could see another Olympic medal coming home.    Kat Tolentino  After initially announcing that she would not come back for her final season in the UAAP, Kat Tolentino changed her decision and will suit up for the Ateneo Lady Eagles once last time, providing a great morale-booster in their bid for back-to-back titles. Tolentino’s leadership will be tested as she will be leading a young team.      Joshua Pacio 23-year old Joshua “The Passion” Pacio proved to be the brightest spot for Philippine MMA stable Team Lakay in 2019. After opening the year with a questionnable decision loss to Yosuke Saruta, Pacio silenced any doubts in the rematch and regained the ONE Strawweight World Championship with a highlight-reel headkick knockout. Pacio would follow that up with another masterful performance, this time with a second-round submission win over top contender Rene Catalan before the end of the year.  2020 is shaping up to become another banner year for the rising Pinoy star, as he’s scheduled for another title defense on January 31st in Manila, this time against former champ Alex Silva of Brazil. A win for Pacio will solidify his claim of being the best strawweight ever in ONE Championship history.     Louie Romero The Adamson University freshman displayed great potential during the pre-season when she piloted the Lady Falcons to title win in the PVL Season 3 Collegiate Conference. Romero is expected to be a gem of a setter for the young Adamson squad hoping make a return in the UAAP Final Four. Manny Pacquiao While eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is certainly in the twilight of his professional boxing career, 2019 showed that he is still one of the best around. A successful title defense over Adrien Broner followed by an impressive dismantling of the previously-undefeated Keith Thurman to capture the WBA’s primary world title proved that even at 40, Manny Pacquiao is still a big name in the sport.  With Pacquiao targeting an early return in 2020, more big names are lined up to fight “the People’s Champ”, including names like Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and even a title-unification bout against Errol Spence. Still, the biggest fight that is out there proves to be a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr, granted that “Money” finally bites.    Faith Nisperos A key addition for the repeat-seeking Ateneo de Manila University. The highly-touted rookie hitter will add height and firepower for the Lady Eagles in UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball. In the previous PVL Collegiate Conference, Nisperos flashed her scoring prowess, exploding for 35 points in one outing.   Robert Bolick The two best rookies of 2019 were CJ Perez and Robert Bolick. We know what we can expect from CJ, but Bolick is an interesting case as 2020 will be his return from knee injury. Bolick could still win Rookie of the Year, but even if he doesn’t, his return to Northport could push the reloaded Batang Pier from a Cinderella team to full-on PBA title contender.   Joshua Retamar His playmaking skills as well as his efficiency on net defense during the national team’s silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games makes him a setter to watch out for come UAAP. Retamar is an asset for National University’s three-peat bid.       Kai Sotto The Philippines' 7-foot-2, 17-year-old is opening eyes as he suits up for Atlanta-based The Skills Factory - so much so that he has already gotten interest from quite a few US NCAA schools. Before Sotto continues breaking the glass ceiling for Filipinos, though, he will go home for a while to wear the flag with Mighty Sports-Pilipinas in the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.   Jema Galanza Coming off a great outing to close the PVL Season 3 highlighted by copping the Open Conference MVP award, expectations are high for Jema Galanza as Creamline aims to reclaim the PVL Reinforced Conference crown and complete an Open Conference three-peat.      Kobe Paras Many questioned just what the 6-foot-6 tantalizing talent would bring to the table for UP - but more often than not, he had all the answers as he led the Fighting Maroons to their second straight Final Four. In the end, Paras was actually the steadying force State U needed in what was a hyped up season. They may not have made it back to the Finals, but they still got much more motivation as they run it back for next year.   Pat Aquino What's next for the most decorated mentor in women's basketball? Pat Aquino followed up a six-peat for National U with the Philippines' first-ever gold medal in women's basketball in the SEA Games. Without a doubt, he will only continue steering the sport forward especially as the likes of UST and FEU are already gearing up to put up greater challenges in the new year.   Isaac Go Isaac Go is technically not the no. 1 pick of the 2019 PBA Draft but he is without a doubt, the no. 1 prospect of the year. His top selection from the special Gilas Pilipinas Draft is proof of that. Gilas Pilipinas has the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers on deck in 2020 and as a new era dawns on the national team, all eyes will be on the biggest piece for the future that’s already drafted into the new Philippine squad......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2020

Duterte wants state workers salary increase prioritized

President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent the bill implementing the fifth round of salary increases for government workers. In a 13 December  letter addressed to Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Duterte sought for the immediate enactment of Senate Bill 1219 titled “An Act Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel and Authorizing the […] The post Duterte wants state workers salary increase prioritized appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

UAAP: Who is UST super rookie Mark Nonoy?

Get to know just who UST super rookie Mark Nonoy is by looking back at these stories: HEIGHT: 5-foot-8 AGE: 19-years-old UAAP 81 Juniors: UST rookie Nonoy tallies triple-double as Tiger Cubs get first win UAAP 81 Juniors: Meet Mark Nonoy, UST's point guard of the future UAAP: UST's point guard of the future comes from James Yap's school EYES ON YOU, KID: UAAP 81 Jrs. players to watch UAAP 81: Mark Nonoy's Mixtape UAAP: UST, this is how your future looks like UAAP: Mark Nonoy hoping to bring Jio Jalalon's drive to UST UST trots out Mark Nonoy as first-ever HS baller in PBA D-League Ateneo's Sotto, UST's Nonoy headline historic Mythical Team in UAAP 81 Jrs. Ateneo's Sotto, LSGH's Cagulangan best of the best in NBTC 24 once more UST sends statement in PBA D-League by downing Cignal-Ateneo It's Sotto-Nonoy vs Cagulangan-Tamayo in NBTC All-Star Game Mark Nonoy takes charge as Hustle tops Heart in NBTC All-Star Game 'Best player in HS' Mark Nonoy steals show from Kai Sotto, Jalen Green UST's Mark Nonoy has a new fan in fellow lefty playmaker Alex Cabagnot UST’s Nonoy attends graduation then plays in All-Star Game.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2019

UAAP: Who is UE prized prospect Harvey Pagsanjan?

Get to know just who UE prized prospect Harvey Pagsanjan is by looking back at these stories: HEIGHT: 6-foot-1 AGE: 19-years old In Harvey Pagsanjan, there is hope in Hope Christian Do-it-all Harvey Pagsanjan offers UE reason to hope in UAAP 82 Ateneo's Sotto, LSGH's Cagulangan best of the best in NBTC 24 once more.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2019

2019 elections most accurate – manual audit | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: May 13 elections most accurate, manual audit shows Sotto meets with new, incumbent senators amid Senate leadership issue Robert Downey Jr bares plan to save the planet using technology Hidilyn Diaz, PSC reconcile in support of Olympic gold dream Curry unleashes career night in Warriors' NBA Finals loss Executive Producer / Writer Lilibeth Frondoso Associate Producer / Publisher Marga Deona Jaira Roxas Master Editor / Playback Emerald Hidalgo Jaene Zaplan Jaen Manegdeg Quita Chuatico – Rappler.com.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

Mid-major to millions: Ja Morant’s life is changing quickly

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Here’s how much everything has changed for Ja Morant in the last 12 months: He’s gone from being considered the No. 3 option at Murray State to the possible No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. Put another way, he’s a player from a mid-major and will soon be a multimillionaire. Even Morant doesn’t fully understand how quickly it has all come to fruition. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] “It’s been crazy, honestly,” Morant said. “Coming from being under the radar to one of the most talked-about players now, obviously, it’s been rough. It’s something I’m getting used to. But I’m happy for it.” Morant made his appearance at the NBA’s draft combine Thursday (Friday, PHL time); he wasn’t playing, but has talked with a handful of teams since he arrived in Chicago. With Zion Williamson seeming very much like a lock to go No. 1 overall, a pick held by the New Orleans Pelicans, that would seem to point to Morant going No. 2 to the Memphis Grizzlies. Morant has met with the Grizzlies. If they’ve decided he’s their guy, they haven’t told him yet. “I haven’t heard it myself from Memphis,” Morant said. “But obviously, I’ve seen what was on the internet. I’d really be happy with any team that drafts me. It means they see something in me. It’s just an honor to play this game at the highest level and just to be in the position that I’m in right now.” Williamson is not attending the combine; he met with teams earlier this week and left Chicago before the combine technically started. The NBA invited 77 players to the combine. Of those, 41 are listed on rosters to compete in games through Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Others will go through various testing and have their measurements such as height, weight and wingspan recorded — but won’t be playing any 5-on-5. Morant is hardly alone in that regard; most of the top players who were invited are doing the same thing, including Texas Tech guard and presumed early lottery pick Jarrett Culver. “There are a lot of talented guys here,” Culver said. “To be talked about as one of the top players in this draft, it’s just an honor.” They’re already selling tickets at Murray State for a draft party to watch Morant, so Racers fans can cheer him at least one more time. He helped them to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference championships and a 54-11 record over the last two seasons. He averaged 12.7 points as a freshman, then 24.5 points and 10 assists while shooting 50 percent as a sophomore. His stock soared, and he’s about to go places he’s never been. Morant said he’s never played in an NBA arena and doesn’t know much about most NBA cities. All he really knew about Chicago before arriving this week was Michael Jordan and the Bulls. He played in Detroit as a freshman — not in the Pistons’ building, but rather at Detroit Mercy, before a crowd of 1,107. “Ja Morant, everybody knows about him,” Grizzlies director of player support Elliot Perry said at the draft lottery earlier this week, when Memphis bucked the odds and jumped up to the No. 2 pick. “He was a super-explosive young man, very exciting. I think he has a lot of confidence in himself and his abilities. He’s one of those guys who will be good.” Good, probably. Boastful, probably not. Morant isn’t the type to proclaim himself the best player in the draft, or even the second-best for that matter. He’s a kid from the small town of Dalzell, South Carolina, from a mid-major school like Murray State, who hasn’t even started to fathom that he’s likely a few weeks away from a contract that will pay him somewhere around $8 million next season. “I’m just a pass-first point guard who just loves to get his teammates involved,” Morant said. “I feel like my IQ is the strongest part of my game, being able to make plays for me and my teammates.” Regardless of where he goes, this experience has been a long time coming for his family. Tee Morant, Ja’s father, was a high school teammate of Ray Allen’s and a good college player who had an opportunity to play professionally overseas. When he found out that his wife was pregnant, he scrapped those playing-abroad plans and stayed home. Ja was born, and he had a coach even before knowing what basketball was. Morant doesn’t have NBA players that he idolizes. He just tries to play in his dad’s image. “That’s my motivation,” Morant said. “It’s like I’m living my dream and his dream through me right now.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

Most Read Apr 26, 2018 – 01:29 PM

Most Read as of Apr 26, 2018 – 01:29 PM SC to announce 2017 bar exam results at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday 25.5% of 6,750 pass Bar Exam 2017 University of St. La Salle alum tops Bar Exam 2017 Sotto bares initial list of Senate bets NPC will endorse in 2019 Sunshine Dizon explains why […] The post Most Read Apr 26, 2018 – 01:29 PM appeared first on Inquirer.net......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

Sotto bares role on Senate presidency

Sotto bares role on Senate presidency.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2016

Sotto bares role on Senate presidency - Inquirer.net

Sotto bares role on Senate presidency - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsAug 9th, 2016

Ayala Land bares seven new projects and lot acquisitions

Property developer Ayala Land Inc. said Tuesday it plans to construct seven commercial facilities and acquire more properties in Cavite, Pampanga and Tarlac to boost its landbank......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated News9 hr. 24 min. ago

Vaccine wars

President Duterte and his subalterns, Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez and Health Secretary Francisco Duque, are at loggerheads with the Senate led by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, and Senators Panfilo Lacson, Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon, and Francis Pangilinan, on the anti-COVID-19 vaccines, particularly on three issues: one price; two, volumes, and three, timetable of rollout......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News18 hr. 34 min. ago

Nadine speaks out

In a recent podcast, Nadine Lustre admitted that at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it occurred to her that she might become a showbiz “has-been.”   .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

A closer China-Phl partnership in the new era

On 14 April 2020, at the height of the Philippines’ battle against COVID-19, a “Goodwill Flight” chartered from China fully loaded with anti-pandemic supplies landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport despite temporary commercial flights suspension......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2021

Palace bares price of Sinovac doses

Palace bares price of Sinovac doses.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsJan 18th, 2021