|No. 8 – Blackwater Elite|
May 27, 1983 |
Quezon City, Philippines
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Philippine Christian University|
|College||Emilio Aguinaldo College|
|PBA draft||2007 Round: 2 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the Coca-Cola Tigers|
|2011–2012||Rain or Shine Elasto Painters|
|2013–2014||Barako Bull Energy Cola|
|2014–2015||GlobalPort Batang Pier|
|2016||Phoenix Fuel Masters|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ron Jayson Buenafe (born May 27, 1983 in Quezon City), better known as Ronjay Buenafe, is a Filipino professional basketball player for the Blackwater Elite of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Being called as the "steal" of the 2007 draft, he performed well during his rookie season as a scoring guard. With the help of the then newly acquired Asi Taulava, they 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.
For the 2009–10 season, Buenafe was acquired by the Burger King Whoppers. He played alongside Gary David and Wynne Arboleda. Despite stellar performances, his team still was not able to make the playoffs.
In the middle of the 2010–11 season, Buenafe was involved in a three-way trade where he, Ronnie Matias and Beau Belga were all traded to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Though he still provided what the team needed, his numbers went down.
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 Sol Mercado and Mark Cardona.
PBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||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 September 24, 2016
|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||1.2||.7||.1||8.3|
|2015–16||Meralco / Phoenix||22||8.6||.418||.372||1.000||.9||.5||.1||.1||3.7|