Jai Reyes

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Jai Reyes
No. 5 – Meralco Bolts
Position Point Guard
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1987-02-25) 25 February 1987 (age 28)[1]
Quezon City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Career information
High school Ateneo de Manila University
College Ateneo de Manila University
PBA draft 2010 Round: 2nd Round / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Powerade Tigers
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
2010 Cobra Energy Drink Iron Men (PBL[2])
2010–2011 Powerade Tigers (PBA)
2011–2012 Cebuana Lhuillier Gems (PBA D-League)
2012 Bangkok Cobras (ABL)
2012–2013 Saigon Heat (ABL)
2013–2014 Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters (PBA)
2015–present Meralco Bolts (PBA)
Career highlights and awards
  • PCCL Finals MVP (2009)[3]
  • UAAP Rookie of the Year (2005)
  • UAAP Juniors' Mythical Five (2004
  • UAAP Juniors' Finals MVP (2004)[4][5]

Jose Antonio G. Reyes[4] (born 25 February 1987) or Jai Reyes is a Filipino professional basketball player and television personality who is currently playing for the Meralco Bolts in the Philippine Basketball Association. He also previously played for the Powerade Tigers in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the Ateneo de Manila University where he spent his elementary, high school, and college years.

Reyes also hosted of several television programs on GMA Network.[6] He is currently one of the hosts of For the Win, a sports talk segment of GMANews.tv.[7] Prior to joining GMA Network, he also had a hosting stint on Studio 23.[8]

Early life and collegiate career[edit]

Reyes first attended the Ateneo de Manila University in grade school. He then attended the same university in high school, where he played for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets.[4] It was during this time when he first became well known as a scorer due to the two consecutive three-point shots he made which won Game 1 of the 2003 UAAP Juniors' Basketball Finals for the Eaglets. The following year, he led the Eaglets to another title and became a member of the Mythical Five as well as the Finals MVP.[4]

He went on to attend the Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Schools where he obtained a degree in Communications Technology Management[8] and also played for the Ateneo Blue Eagles who he helped win back-to-back UAAP senior men's basketball championships from 2008 to 2009.

Professional career[edit]

He was drafted 18th overall in the 2010 PBA Draft by the Powerade Tigers[9] and played for the team until 2011. Afterwards, he played for the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems in the PBA Developmental League before moving to the Bangkok Cobras of the ABL.[citation needed]

Off the court[edit]


Jai earned the nickname Jainamite[10] during his playing years in Ateneo due to his scoring ability. While playing for the Bangkok Cobras, he also became known as the Bangkok Mamba,[11][12] an allusion to his current team's home city and to the "Black Mamba" nickname of Los Angeles Lakers swingman Kobe Bryant, whose father Joe Bryant is also the current head coach of the Cobras.

Media programs and television shows[edit]

(Includes current and former shows)

Personal life[edit]

He is married[8] to college sweetheart Klaire Yapyuco and together they have a daughter named Cara.


  1. ^ http://tigerlook.blogspot.com/2010/09/meet-newcomers.html
  2. ^ Philippine Basketball League Official Website. Cobra Energy Drink Line-Up. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  3. ^ sunstar.com. Sweep sensation: Fly High Ateneo!. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d The Philippine Star. Eagles on top. 17 June 2005. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  5. ^ UAAP Sports. Eaglets, Tiger Cubs begin title showdown. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  6. ^ pep.ph. Jai Reyes is Kapuso Network's new sports heartthrob. 28 Aug 2010. Retrieved 3 Oct 2010.
  7. ^ http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/reporters/jaireyes
  8. ^ a b c Manila Bulletin. Game on!. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  9. ^ 2010 PBA Draft, PBA.ph
  10. ^ Ateneo Alumni Association. UAAP Season 73 Preview. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  11. ^ ASEAN Basketball League. ABL in a Minute: Jai Reyes. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  12. ^ ABL Twitter page

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ateneo's school colors Mark Intal
UAAP Junior's Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
La Salle's school colors Simon Atkins
Preceded by
UE's school colors Marcy Arellano
UAAP Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
UP's school colors Woody Co
Preceded by
La Salle's school colors JV Casio
Succeeded by
Ateneo's school colors Nico Salva