Warren Ybañez had a lot of firsts in his ABL career—among the first Philippine Patriots, one of the players to make an appearance in the first ABL game in 2009, a part of the first champions in the league, and the very first ABL Finals MVP.
He has the combination of high basketball IQ, hustle, ball handling, and shooting touch—a recipe for a great point guard. His consistent performances led the Patriots to its early success—becoming the very first top-seeded team in the ABL, and one of the first four playoff teams to battle it out for the top prize, the ABL Championship.
Warren continued to develop his game and stepped up as the leader for the Patriots in their very first postseason run. His use of offensive tactics and sheer hustle assisted the Patriots for their all-out series sweep against the Kuala Lumpur Dragons and Satria Muda BritAma in the 2010 ABL Playoffs. Warren was the key for the Patriots’ dominance as he bagged not only the championship title but the Finals MVP honors as well—etching his name as the first player to win the prestigious postseason award.
The Filipino point guard was the epitome of loyalty to the franchise—playing his entire ABL career with the Patriots. Indeed, he was patriotic in the act as he proudly represented his heritage in front of the Southeast Asian crowd. He helped put the Patriots as one of the country’s biggest basketball teams, and further highlighted the Filipinos’ love for basketball.
He laid out the foundations for the Philippine Patriots since its establishment. The name Warren Ybañez remains to be first of his class of true ABL point guards and serves an inspiration for every guard who suited up for the Philippines in the ABL—from the likes of Avenido, Banchero, Parks and more.