Tropang TNT forward and long-time Gilas Pilipinas mainstay Ranidel de Ocampo has gone a long way since becoming the fourth overall pick in the 2004 PBA Rookie Draft.
Compared to 2004 PBA draft batchmates James Yap and Richard Alvarez, de Ocampo didn’t come from a UAAP school that has a long and rich basketball tradition.
The 6-foot-5 De Ocampo played second fiddle to elder brother Yancy during his early years with St. Francis of Assissi College in the NCRAA.
But through sheer hardwork and guidance from coaches like Gabby Velasco, his coach at St. Francis, Chot Reyes when he joined TNT, where he eventually won multiple PBA titles, De Ocampo has emerged into a legitimate star in pro basketball.
Here’s a short video on Ranidel de Ocampo as a TNT stretch-four:
Adding to his glowing pro basketball credentials is the description “world-class” after playing an integral part for a Gilas squad that earned back-to-back silver medals in the last two stagings of the Fiba-Asia men’s championships (2013 and 2015).
And a shining moment in his decorated basketball career was the major role he played in Gilas, which registered its first win in the Fiba World Cup in 40 years following its 81-79 overtime win over Senegal in 2014 in Spain.
Watch Ranidel as he briefly talks about his basketball journey, share life lessons he learned along the way, muses from the coaches who taught him and his closing thought as he inspires people to dream big and never give up.