Extremely Early Notes on the 2011 Ateneo Blue Eaglets:

-       I’ve only seen them play three games so far, and of those three, they’ve only won one (a 62-44 win over the Letran Squires).
-       This is CLEARLY a different team from the past few seasons. There is obviously no phenom here, but that doesn’t mean there are no marquee players.
-       I am expecting the following to really step-up and lead the team this season:
o   Cebuano Center Kris/Chris Porter (Senior): He should be the main anchor on offense, and is a double-double threat every game.
o   Tomas Ramos (Senior): At his best, he could pass as a Wesley Gonzales knock-off.
o   Kyle Suarez (Senior): Big man with dribbling skills. Should be a match-up nightmare at the 3 spot. If he played in the Zobel game, perhaps he could’ve contained Gabby Reyes.
o   Lambert Tenorio (Senior): He’s no LA, but his hard work on the floor should give him a leadership role in the team. Outside shooting needs to be spot-on.
o   Kiefer Lim (Senior): The designated floor-general. If Porter is the anchor, then this guy is the spark.
o   Jed Austria (Senior): Undersized, but makes up for it with overflowing amounts of grit.
o   Anton Asistio (Junior): Dead-eye shooter. Jai Reyes redux?
o   Bolek Vitangcol (Junior): He’s gotta grow up, and fast. He takes up a lot of real estate, and, should he continue to improve, he could be our version of Kendrick Perkins.
o   Jay Javelosa (Sophomore): The closest we have to a phenom. He’s 6’5” and still growing too.

-       The Eaglets, despite their lofty summer league billing, will probably not be the top-seed this season. That, however, shouldn’t matter much. They’ll find a way to pull through and definitely make this season one to remember.
-       One BIG Fight! 
(image taken from the Ateneo Blue Eaglets Facebook page)
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