They are all playing for the winningest coach in the PBA.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel are stacked, period.
San Miguel Beermen star Chris Ross helped fans realize that even more after pointing out on X (formerly Twitter) that the five players on the court for Ginebra during one particular stretch in its game against the Terrafirma Dyip on Sunday played US NCAA Division 1 hoops—and that's excluding import Tony Bishop, who was taking a breather.
Ross, who suited up for the Marshall Thundering Herd (also a D1 school), was referring to Maverick Ahanmisi (Minnesota Golden Gophers), Stanley Pringle (Penn State Nittanny Lions), Jamie Malonzo (Portland State Vikings), Japeth Aguilar (Western Kentucky Hilltoppers), and Christian Standhardinger (Nebraska Cornhuskers and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors).
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Bishop, of course, donned the Texas State Bobcats colors from 2009 to 2011, bringing to six the number of Ginebra players now with D1 experience.
The list doesn't end there because there's also Jared Dillinger, who also played for the Rainbow Warriors from 2006 to 2008 before throwing his name into the PBA Draft.
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That's seven in case you haven't been keeping count.
And it seems The Daredevil himself didn’t realize the amount of D1 experience Ginebra can parade at any given night —until Ross' tweet.
“I didn’t even realize. Wow,” Dillinger said in his reply to the said tweet.
Put those players with such credentials in one team under Tim Cone, widely considered the coaching GOAT, and success is always within reach.
Right now, Ginebra is riding the crest of a three-game winning run for a 4-1 win-loss record in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup.