MANILA, Philippines – Stressing their need for stability, Racal Motors went with Jason Perkins with the first round pick in the 2015 PBA d-League Rookie Draft.
Mixers’ coach Caloy Garcia has openly revealed his interest in Perkins and he made it official by picking the 6-foot-4 forward, who helped La Salle win the UAAP championship in 2013, the top overall pick on Tuesday, December 1 at the PBA Cafe in Pasig City.
“We need stability at the post. His presence practically solved our concern,” Garcia said.
“We also need not worry about our game plan being disrupted because we have enough bigs in the team,” added Garcia, who also has Mike Parala and Dexter Maiquez manning the frontline.
Jordan Rios was the only other pick by the Mixers in the second round.
AMA Computer Online Education used its first round pick to select Fil-Am guard Julian Sargent – another Green Archer and teammate of Perkins.
Tanduay Light netted Ateneo’s Von Pessumal at no. 3 while Foundation Cup champion Café France used its first pick on Jason Statham, who turned out to be on the Bakers’ protected list. Statham, however, will have to complete the requirements to be eligible to play.
The other first round picks were Fil-Am Avery Scherer (Wangs Basketball), NBA D-League veteran Mike Williams (Mindanao Aguilas), Amar Agustin (UP/Jam Liner), and Richard Escoto (Phoenix Petrolium).
Phoenix Petrolium picked only their two protected players while National University didn’t join the draft. Phoenix is fielding the Far Eastern University Tamaraws while the Bulldogs will be represented by the entire NU team in the league which opens on January 26.
A total of 53 players out of the record 215 aspirants were selected in the draft that went as far as the 12th round. – Rappler.com
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