Ronjay Buenafe

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Ronjay Buenafe
No. 8 – GlobalPort Batang Pier
Position Shooting guard
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1983-05-27) May 27, 1983 (age 31)
Quezon City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Philippine Christian University
College Emilio Aguinaldo College
PBA draft 2007 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Coca-Cola Tigers
Pro playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2009 Coca-Cola Tigers
2009–2011 Air21 Express
2011–2012 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
2012–2013 Meralco Bolts
2013–2014 Barako Bull Energy Cola
2014–present GlobalPort Batang Pier
Career highlights and awards
  • PBA All-Rookie Team (2008)
  • PBA Blitz Game MVP (2008)

Ron Jayson Buenafe (born May 25, 1983 in Quezon City), better known as Ronjay Buenafe, is a Filipino professional basketball player who plays for the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the Philippine Basketball Association.[1]

Coca-Cola[edit]

Being called as the "Steal" of the 2007 Draft, he performed well during his rookie season as a scoring guard. He, with the help of the then newly acquired Asi Taulava led the Tigers past the wildcard and faced the Alaska Aces in the quarterfinals where they lost 3-0. The following conference, their team had a more successful eliminations compiling a 10-8 record. Once again, they ended their run at the quarterfinals, this time at the hands of the Magnolia Beverage Masters. At the end of the season, Buenafe was named to the All-Rookie Team and was among the contenders for Rookie of the Year.

On his second season, he duplicated his performance though it didn't translate to wins for Coca-Cola.

Air21[edit]

For the 2009-10 season, Buenafe was acquired by the Burger King Whoppers. He played alongside "Mr. Pure Energy" Gary David and "The Snatcher" Wynne Arboleda. Despite stellar performances, his team still was not able to make the playoffs.

Rain or Shine[edit]

In the middle of the 2010-11 season, he got involved in a three-way trade where he, Ronnie Matias and Beau Belga were all traded to the Elasto Painters. Though he still provided what the team needed, his numbers went down.

Meralco[edit]

Before the 2012-13 season, he got traded again, this time to the Meralco Bolts in exchange for its 2014 first-round draft pick and provide offensive firepower alongside the backcourt duo of Solomon Mercado and Mark Cardona.

PBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of January 10, 2013[2]

Season[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007-08 Coca-Cola 42 24.6 .369 .317 .816 2.4 2.0 1.0 .2 11.2
2008-09 Coca-Cola 32 23.4 .406 .357 .825 2.8 1.6 .8 .1 11.1
2009-10 Coca-Cola/Burger King/Air21 38 27.7 .358 .291 .818 2.8 2.2 1.2 .1 13.3
2010-11 Air21/Rain or Shine 40 23.0 .415 .382 .777 1.8 1.4 .8 .1 12.4
2011-12 Rain or Shine 53 19.5 .367 .290 .799 1.7 1.1 .7 .1 8.2
2012-13 Meralco 16 25.1 .353 .370 .771 2.3 1.0 .6 .2 10.6
Career 221 23.5 .379 .329 .804 2.2 1.6 .9 .1 11.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henson, Joaquin (4 September 2008). "Uytengsu's inspiring message". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "PBA Profile: Ronjay Buenafe".