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No pressure for MJ Ayaay as Alaska picks him in 1st round

Dec 17, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The former Lyceum Pirate is one of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft's surprises as the Alaska Aces select him with their 9th overall pick

TAILOR-FIT. MJ Ayaay says he will work hard to earn his spot at Alaska. Photo from Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Desiderio raring to play amid trade rumors: 'Kahit saan mapunta'

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:52 PM

Whether or not Paul Desiderio stays with NLEX, the former UP star is all set to bring that fighting heart to the pros

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Blessing in disguise for Matt Salem as he lands in Ginebra

Dec 16, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The former La Salle and NU marksman gets picked late in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, but it hardly matters as he heads to the league's crowd darlings

MORE TO LEARN. Matt Salem (left) looks forward to learning more from coach Tim Cone and Ginebra's bevy of veterans. Photo from Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


CJ Perez to Columbian as No. 1 pick in PBA Rookie Draft 2018

Dec 16, 2018 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) The former Lyceum Pirate edges Ray Parks and Robert Bolick for the top draft selection

BIG EXPECTATIONS. Columbian seeks to get out of the cellar its has dwelled in for years with CJ Perez on board. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Tough guy Mike Calisaan credits Baste system in PBA bid

Dec 16, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Notorious for his physicality in the NCAA, San Sebastian's Mike Calisaan feels he’s ready for more body-banging in the pros

PHOTO FINISH. Michael Calisaan sinks a crucial free throw that solidified the win for the Stags. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA Draft: Bong Quinto hoping to get picked by Rain or Shine

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The former Letran Knight sees himself as a good fit with the Elasto Painters

REUNION. Bong Quinto will be reunited with former Letran coach Caloy Garcia if he gets selected by Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images


Tab Baldwin wants Ateneo to dominate PBA Rookie Draft 2019

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Ateneo head tactician Tab Baldwin hopes to see 6 Blue Eagles in the top 10 draft picks

BACK-TO-BACK. The Ateneo Blue Eagles will remain intact for Season 82. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Gilas experience Tratter's edge in PBA jump

Dec 15, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The former La Salle Green Archer wants to play like Marc Pingris with a mix of Gabe Norwood

TOP PICK. Abu Tratter is expected to land in the top 5 of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft class. Photo from PBA Images


Parks, Perez, Bolick headline 2018 PBA Rookie Draft

Dec 10, 2018 - 5:26 PM

There will be 48 players hoping to get picked by the 12 PBA teams this year

TOP 3. CJ Perez, Robert Bolick and Ray Parks (left to right) are expected to jostle at the top of the draft. Photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler (Perez and Bolick) and Michael Gatpandan (Parks)


Former UP Maroon Kyles Lao ready for PBA

Dec 07, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The former UAAP Rookie of the Year admits there's pressure as he applies for the 2018 PBA Draft

MIXED FEELINGS. Kyles Lao says he has mixed feelings about turning professional. Contributed photo


What is Columbian looking for in its top PBA draft pick?

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Dyip head coach Johnedel Cardel bares he already has someone in mind for the No. 1 pick

SUPER ROOKIES. CJ Perez, Robert Bolick and Ray Parks (left to right) are touted to battle for the Top 3 spots in the upcoming PBA draft. File photos by Josh Albelda


Fil-Canadian Job Cariaga sets sights on PBA Draft

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Just like Phoenix's Matthew Wright, Job Cariaga hopes to be the next Fil-Canadian to make an impact in the pro league

HOOP DREAMS. Job Cariaga hopes to bring his talents to the PBA. Photo from PBA D-League

Standhardinger chooses to respect HK Eastern, refuses to talk about future after Alab sweep

Apr 16, 2018 - 4:27 PM

During the post-game interview, Christian Standhardinger tells the Philippine sportswriters: 'I’m not gonna talk about myself or my future career. If you have questions about us as a team, then I’m gonna answer that. If you have questions about me personally, I’m not gonna answer, and I say that with all due respect'

ABL Alab vs HK Semis Game 2. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

FEU, NU boys off to become men in the PBA

Nov 01, 2016 - 11:26 PM

All 7 former FEU Tamaraws get drafted into the PBA together with 6 ex NU Bulldogs

BULLDOGS, TAMARAWS. A total of 13 former NU and FEU players get drafted this year, including (from L-R) Mac Belo, Gelo Alolino, and RR Pogoy. Photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rookies Belo, Banal look to make mark at Blackwater

Oct 31, 2016 - 9:51 PM

Both are top players with the potential to become anchors of the young franchise

NEW BLOOD. Blackwater acquires top players in Ael Banal (C) and Mac Belo (second from right) during the 2016 PBA Draft. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIST: 2016 Regular PBA Rookie Draft applicants

Oct 30, 2016 - 7:31 AM

See the full list of the 41 other draft applicants on top of the Gilas cadets

43-year-old PBA Draft applicant inspired by Helterbrand, Taulava

Oct 26, 2016 - 10:26 PM

Charley Caluya who s nearly twice as old as most PBA Rookie Draft applicants says There s no age limit to dreaming as long as the Lord gave you talent

OLDEST APPLICANT. Charley Caluya, 43, is the oldest aspirant in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Fil-Am Ryan Arambulo, Mac Belo top day 1 of PBA Rookie Draft Combine

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:59 PM

Arambulo finishes in the top 5 of all the tests while Belo showcases his athletic ability

TOP PERFORMERS. (From L-R) Jammer Jamito, Raffy Banal, Mac Belo, and Ryan Arambulo are the top performers from day 1 of the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft combine. Photo from PBA Images

Chris Newsome is 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year

Oct 14, 2016 - 7:36 PM

Newsome has also helped lead the Bolts to the 2016 Governors Cup Finals

Photo courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

Moala Tautuaa goes first overall in 2015 PBA Draft

Aug 23, 2015 - 2:26 PM

See the full results of the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft

HIGHLIGHTS: 2015 PBA Rookie Draft

Aug 23, 2015 - 12:09 PM

There were more than a few surprises at the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft

IN PHOTOS: Day 1 of 2015 PBA Rookie Draft combine

Aug 20, 2015 - 7:52 AM

Fil Canadian prospect Ryan Wetherell stole the show with his impressive performance top scoring in 3 of the drills

Draft applicants stretching before the start of the tests. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIST: 2015 PBA Rookie draft applicants

Aug 11, 2015 - 11:45 AM

From a high of 87 last year the list of hopefuls drops to a modest but strong cast of 64

Banchero says he’s ‘worthy’ of top pick but happy to play for anybody

Aug 19, 2014 - 8:00 AM

I believe I’m worthy of a top pick I believe my ability shows that but I wanna go to a team that wants me Chris Banchero says

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chris Banchero tops Day 1 of PBA Rookie Draft combine

Aug 18, 2014 - 8:07 PM

Banchero became the first player to top all tests in the rookie draft combine since it started in 1995

Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

PBA Rookie Rankings Week 4-5: You can’t teach height

Dec 24, 2013 - 6:45 AM

Being 7 feet tall and exploiting that every game definitely has its advantages as Greg Slaughter remains on top of the PBA Rookie Rankings

HEIGHT IS MIGHT. Greg Slaughter still leads all rookies in this week's PBA Rookie Rankings. File photo by KC Cruz/PBA Images

PBA Rookie Rankings Week 3: Greg-zilla

Dec 10, 2013 - 6:56 PM

Bigman Greg Slaughter reaches the top of this week s Rookie Rankings as he stays consistent every game

CONSISTENT. The consistency of Ginebra's prized 7-foot rookie Greg Slaughter helps him land on top of the rankings. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Melton eyes building courts, houses after PBA stint

Nov 09, 2013 - 3:24 PM

At the cusp of his PBA career Justin Melton is already thinking of giving back once he s done playing

GIVE BACK. PBA rookie Justin Melton hopes to be of help to society by building houses, courts and churches after his PBA career. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Slaughter leads 44 hopefuls in PBA draft

Nov 06, 2013 - 8:01 AM

This year’s PBA Rookie Draft went as far as seven rounds selecting from a talented pool of applicants

Life after a dynasty: 5-peat Eagles shoot for PBA dreams

Nov 02, 2013 - 7:03 PM

After a storied basketball dynasty members of the 5 peat Ateneo Blue Eagles team chase bigger dreams in the PBA

Members of the 5-peat Ateneo Blue Eagles squad are well-experienced and ready to turn pro.

Draft applicants begin PBA journey in rookie camp

Nov 01, 2013 - 9:30 PM

The PBA Rookie camp marks the beginning of 85 cagers who hope to make it in Asia s first play for pay league

ROOKIE CAMP. 85 amateur players begin their journey to basketball relevance as they enter the PBA Draft 2013. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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Nov 01, 2013 - 9:14 PM

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Slaughter towers in PBA rookie camp

Oct 28, 2013 - 6:16 PM

When it comes to the strength tests other players share the spotlight

ALL SMILES. Projected 2013 Top overall pick Greg Slaughter enjoying the morning workouts at the PBA Rookie Camp. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Fajardo, Abueva top 2012 PBA draft

Aug 19, 2012 - 6:52 PM

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