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Arnold Van Opstal

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League  PBA
Listed height  6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
College  De La Salle University
Height  2.06 m
Position  Center
Pro career  2016
Nationality  Filipino / German
High school  De La Salle Zobel
PBA draft  2016 / Special draft
Listed weight  99.79 kg
Education  De La Salle University
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Born  December 15, 1991 (age 25)Germany (1991-12-15)
Similar  Norbert Torres, Almond Vosotros, Kevin Ferrer, Jeron Teng, Von Pessumal

Arnold Van Opstal is a Filipino-German professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Miguel Beermen of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He has also played as part of the Philippine national basketball team in international competitions. Van Opstal played for the De La Salle University in the collegiate-level.


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Early life

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Arnold Van Opstal was born in December 15, 1991 Germany. He was born to Heinz, a German who was the former PAL general manager of Europe and Luzviminda Llantero who works at the Department of Foreign Affairs as head of the Machine Readable Passport Personalization Center of the Office of Consular Affairs. Van Opstal also has a brother named Christopher who is a lawyer by the age of 23 and a graduate of the University of Technology Sydney.

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Arnold Van Opstal studied at De La Salle Zobel from kindergarten to Grade 1 before relocating abroad with his family. His family resided in various places abroad such as in Bonn in Germany, the Hague in the Netherlands, Berlin, and then to Sydney, Australia due to his mother's foreign postings. In 2007, a year after Van Opstal's father died, his family moved backed to Manila after his mother received a Philippine-based assignment.

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He re-enroll at De La Salle Zobel as a high school student and later enrolled at De La Salle University for his collegiate studies to pursue a degree in International Studies.

High school career

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Van Optal was scouted by Jack Rodriguez who was a former La Salle varsity who encouraged him to re-enroll at De La Salle Zobel. Van Opstal managed to earn a place for the school's junior varsity team for the 2008-09 season and was supposed to be named Rookie of the Year but was disqualified after he was ejected for retaliating during a game against the University of Santo Tomas. He spent a year-off from basketball to finish his studies at Zobel due to the non-honoring of his Australian credits.

College career

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Van Opstal played for the De La Salle Green Archers while in college. However, in July 2015, he opted his remaining playing year with the Green Archers due to a recurring Achilles' heel injury. He was a key player when the Green Archers won the UAAP title in 2013.

Professional career

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Van Opstal played at the PBA D-League while still playing with De La Salle. He played for the Hapee Fresh Fighters at the 2014-15 PBA D-League Aspirant's Cup but was later relegated to the reserve list by due to injuries. In May 2015, he signed to Cebuana Lhuillier Gems and left Hapee. He played in five games for Cebuana.

He then went to various places such as England and Thailand to regain form. He also trained in the United States in March 2016. He was part of squad that participated at the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge.

International career

After recovering from an Achilles' heel injury in August 2016, Van Opstal expressed his commitment to play for the Philippine national basketball team. He was part of the squad that participated at the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge.


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