Meet the Standout Athletes of This Year's UAAP Men's Basketball

by Cass Lazaro for   |  Jun 3, 2022
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Instagram/carltamayo10, Instagram/ildavefonso
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The sports and fashion worlds might not have plenty of crossovers in the past, yet fans are seeing a major shift in today's basketball stars, from NBA legends to our very own collegiate cagers. Case in point: One quick scroll on the Instagram feeds of this year's UAAP men's basketball stars got us admiring their off-duty outfits, proving that scoring sartorially might just as be as important as scoring on the court!

Got a particular fashionable cager in mind? Scroll down for some proof that their style is as impeccable as their handles.

LOOK: Most stylish UAAP men's basketball players:

1. Dave Ildefonso

It'll be hard to write a list of UAAP standouts without mentioning Dave, who is taking the internet by storm with his impressive shooting skills and charming looks (He has 442K Instagram followers as of writing.) Here, he keeps things cool with a textured white polo shirt, shades, and classic gold jewelry. PHOTO BY Instagram/ildavefonso


2. James Spencer

Fans are head over heels for the Fil-Australian Fighting Maroon's sleeve tattoos, complemented by his penchant for polish and comfort alike. We love how he made sweatpants look classy with the right accessories: man bag, gold blings, and subtle camo kicks.PHOTO BY Vyn Radovan for Slam PH

3. Shaun Ildefonso

Brothers Dave and Shaun might be playing from competing schools, but it's surely their cool-kid style that gives off their strong bond. While the former is into neutrals, his big bro's got a thing for all-black everything, pictured in a cozy shirt-and-pants combo paired with Air Jordan high-cut retro shoes from Nike.PHOTO BY Instagram/shaunildefonso

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4. Benjamin Phillips

With debonair flair, Fil-Am Green Archer Benjamin rewrites the rules with his impressive ability to pull off formal wear like a modern gentleman. Here, he's spotted looking dapper in a suit and tie paired with classic black suspenders and trousers.PHOTO BY Vyn Radovan for Slam PH

5. Jordi Gomez De Liano

The 18-year-old rising star might be following the footsteps of his older brothers Juan and Javi, but with his promising rookie performance, charming curly hair, and boy-next-door style, he'll surely make his mark in the league himself.PHOTO BY Instagram/jordigdl6


6. SJ Belangel

Another promising shooter from the mighty Blue Eagles, SJ's style emphasizes that comfort is key, clad in a brown pullover crew neck sweater.PHOTO BY Instagram/sjbelangel

7. Carl Tamayo

The Rookie of the Year hops on the cozy train too in head-to-toe Jordan, proving that he can do both slam and style dunks.PHOTO BY Instagram/carltamayo10

8. RJ Abarrientos

RJ's uncle Johnny is one PBA's finest players in history, so it's only natural that he's living up to their basketball-laden gene pool. Here, he shows off his effortless style with a white shirt-and-jogger pants pairing.PHOTO BY Instagram/rhonjay_abarrientos

9. Clint Escamis

UE's swingman is a force to be reckoned with his street style look, sporting an all-black ensemble consisting of black button-down shirt and cargo pants.PHOTO BY Vyn Radovan


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