Philip “Papot” Paredes and John Paul “Jaypoy” Erram first battled on the hardcourts of Cagayan de Oro City during their high school days.
The 6’5 Paredes then played for multi-titled Sacred Heart of Jesus Montessori School while the 6’7 Erram donned the jersey for Pilgrim Christan College High School.
In high school, Paredes was considered for the RP Youth U-16 National Team and eventually transferred to Reedley International School in Manila to suit his schedule with the National Team. In 2009, he entered De La Salle University together with fellow RP Youth Fil-Canadian Norbert Torres.
Erram, on the other hand, was also considered for the RP Youth Team but was disqualified due to age restrictions on the tournament date. He ended up with Xavier University (XU) reuniting him with his high school coach Arvin Martinez. During the 2008 Philippine College Champions’ League, XU almost made it to the Final 8 with Erram a defensive force inside, losing a close decision to the FEU Tamaraws. Erram’s inside presence caught the eye of Manila’s talent scouts and last year, transferred to Ateneo de Manila together with fellow XU Crusader 6’4 Paul Siarot.
Both Erram and Siarot played sat out last year’s UAAP due to residency requirements for transferees. Siarot will be on ADMU’s Team B this year.
This year, both Paredes and Erram are now eligible to play in the UAAP and renew their rivalry on the basketball court. It would also be the first time that Cagayanons will see their sons on National TV. With Ricardo Cawaling (FEU) and Carlo Lastimosa (CSB), Cagayanon will have someone to cheer when they watch the UAAP and NCAA on the TV set.
PHOTO: Ateneo’s Erram (#5) and DLSU’s Paredes (#24) with Ateneo hotshot Chris Tiu during last year’s pre-season games.