A Proud Member of Team Plipinas

On: 11 April 2009

Team Pilipinas Ryan Reyes

Sta. Lucia Realty (SLR) sophomore guard Ryan Reyes has always been ready to play for the national team and he got what he wanted when national coach Yeng Guiao selected him and SLR teammate Kelly Williams to be part of Team Pilipinas. However, Reyes also wanted to inform his fans that he also wants to see the Realtors winning the 2009 PBA Fiesta Cup title.

"I’m happy that Kelly and I are together in the National team," said the 25-year-old Reyes, who was Sta. Lucia’s first round and third overall pick in the 2007 draft. Only Joe DeVance and Samigue Eman were chosen ahead. The Realtors bypassed J. C. Intal, Doug Kramer, Ken Bono and J. R. Quinahan to tap the 6-2, 190-pound guard who honed his cage skills at the fabled Artesia High School in Los Angeles.

Artesia is known for its quality basketball program under coach Wayne Merino and has produced the likes of Jason Kapono, Ed O’Bannon, Charles O’Bannon and Avondre Jones. In a preview of the 1999-2000 season, Slam Magazine writer Bill Doherty said Artesia was "the best team in the West and the unscientific pick to be the finest team in the land." The previous campaign, Artesia posted a 33-3 record with Kapono, now playing for Toronto in the NBA, and Reyes in the lineup.

Playing for the national team would be an honor, said Reyes.

"I’m excited about it," he said. "I would be happy to play for the Philippines. Playing against teams like China and against Yao Ming would be awesome."

“I’m happy that Kelly and I is together in the National team,” said the 25-year-old Reyes, who finished the last Philippine Cup with a 10.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game last season. “I just need to work hard there.”

Reyes was born in Los Angeles to Filipino migrants who met and married in the US. His father Lito is from Sto. Tomas, Batangas, and works for a mortgage finance company. His mother Evelyn Ignacio, a nurse, traces her roots to Pampanga and Caloocan.

After graduating from Artesia in 2001, Reyes played two years for Cerritos Junior College then took up kinesiology at California State-Fullerton. He is a semester short of earning his undergraduate degree.

Reyes saw action for Cebuana Lhuillier in the NBC and Henkel-Sista in the PBL before he was drafted by the Realtors.

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