High School: Chiang Kai Shek College Blue Dragons (graduating)
Currently committed to: None so far
Position: Shooting Guard
Player comparison: Peter June Simon
Favorite NBA players: James Harden, Kyrie Irving
Favorite PBA player: Terrence Romeo
Tournaments played: Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC), Metro Manila Basketball League (MMBL), Milcu Got Skills
Expectations on SLAM Rising Stars: “Ine-expect ko na maging masaya ‘to. And siyempre, mataas yung level of competition kasi nandito lahat ng top high school players sa Philippines. Magandang experience to para sa akin, yung makasali dito. [I’ll] Make the most out of it.”
Most memorable game: “Championship game sa PSSBC against an Beda noong nakaraang December. Masakit lang kasi natalo kami by one point. Sayang, dapat champion na.”
Most memorable lesson from coaches: “Kung aapak ka sa court, ibigay mo lang lahat ng makakaya mo. Maglaro ka huwag para sa sarili mo kung di para sa game, para kay God. Naglalaro ka dahil passion mo yung basketball. Enjoy mo lang lagi kapag maglalaro ka.”
That modest demeanor combined with a deadly shooting game. We have seen it before in guys like Dondon Hontiveros and Peter June Simon. Cebuano John Galinato seems to be traversing that path.
At 19 years old, Galinato is already a scoring machine. It doesn’t matter if he starts the game or he comes off the bench. Once he gets his rhythm going, all he needs is a few minutes to torch opposing teams with his shooting.
He has grown from a relative enknown to one of the main guys for Chiang Kai-shek College. He has led his team to a great season, which includes commendable performances at PSSBC and MMBL.
The Blue Dragons finished second at the PSSBC a few months ago, in a finals game where they lost to San Beda by one point. CKSC quickly avenged that loss when they defeated the Red Cubs at the MMBL finals last February. He scored 19 points to lead all scorers in the lopsided victory. With the finals win, the Blue Dragons qualified for the SM-NBTC national high school championships to be played this month.
Galinato is one of the three players selected for this year’s SLAM Rising Stars outside UAAP and NCAA. Joining hin are fellow Blue Dragon Jason Celis, and Hope Christian High School’s Harvey Pagsanjan. Galinato is thankful to be included in the pool of the best high school players in the country. More importantly, he is excited to share the court with the biggest names in the Philippine high school basketball.