ALLYN Bulanadi, Mark Nonoy, Joshua Cajucom and Harvey Pagsanjan are the first ambassadors of the Phenom Sports Management, a group which manages the career of rising stars who are trying to take their game to the next level.
Bulanadi is a 6-foot-2 dead-shot forward from the San Sebastian Stags is also a standout of the Valencia-Baste in PBA D-League.
Nonoy, a former junior standout, is now a freshman playing for University of Santo Tomas. He was a basketball sensation from Western Visayas who made everybody’s heads turn in last year’s Palarong Pambansa. He is also considered among the top high school players in the nation.
Cajucom is a point guard from Hope Christian High School and currently included in the Gilas Pilipinas Under-19 squad.
Pagsanjan, a former standout of the Batang Gilas team that won the SEABA Under-16 tournament three years ago, is now a member of the University of the East Warriors squad. The 6-foot-1 guard is included in the top 10 of promising young players by the National Basketball Training Center.
These players will start off Phenom Sports Management’s vision of molding the character of young players who are not only being taught of taking care of their basketball careers but also preparing them on life after basketball.
Jax Chua, the founder of this group, admitted that he drew inspiration of creating this agency when they got involved in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
Chua serves as the assistant general manager of the Basilan Steel headed by Hegem Furigay and ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman.
Chua came the idea of putting up this sports agency while having breakfast during Basilan Steel’s series of tryouts and basketball camps in the province.
His coaches — Jerson Cabiltes, who handles the Basilan Steel in the MPBL and Joseph Guion — were very supportive on the program.
For Coach Guion, he believes making a gamble on these young players would be all worth it despite the uncertain future in basketball.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen whether they will be successful or not,” added Guion. “In every 10 players you’re going to help out, not everybody will become successful. That’s why we set a baseline of P150,000. If a player will get a playing contract or a salary that is below P150,000, we will not get anything from them. Less than P150,000, we’re waiving our commission. We will only get commission once a player gets P150,000 and up.” — Rey Joble