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San Miguel star Chris Ross graduates from college at 36

Delfin Dioquino
San Miguel star Chris Ross graduates from college at 36

ELITE. Chris Ross has turned into one of the best players in the PBA since finishing his NCAA stint at Marshall University.

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San Miguel guard Chris Ross earns his degree from Marshall University, more than a decade since he last suited up for the school

San Miguel star Chris Ross has put his time amid the PBA hiatus to good use.

Ross officially graduated from Marshall University in West Virginia at 36 years old last May 1, more than a decade since he last suited for the Thundering Herd.

The do-it-all guard played for Marshall University from 2005 to 2007.

“It was a long time coming but I used quarantine as a time to better myself and [finished] some things that I didn’t get to finish when I was first presented with the situation,” Ross wrote on Instagram.

“I’m proud and giving myself a pat on the back for never giving up on myself and finally getting it done!”

After his NCAA stint at Marshall University, Ross pursued a basketball career in the country and played in the Philippine Basketball League, where he won Best Player of the Conference.

Ross got selected the No. 3 overall pick by Burger King in the 2009 PBA Draft before the team traded him to Coca-Cola.

Eventually shipped to San Miguel in 2013, Ross played a key role in turning the franchise to a dynasty.

Ross has helped San Miguel win 8 championships, capturing two Finals Most Valuable Player honors in the process.

He also earned a Best Player of the Conference award, a Mythical First Team selection, and two Defensive Player of the Year plums throughout his 11-season PBA career. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.