Columbian to pick No. 1 in PBA Draft 2019

Delfin Dioquino
Columbian beats out Blackwater by a whisker for the top spot in the draft order

BACK-TO-BACK. Former No. 1 overall pick CJ Perez and Columbian get a chance to add more more firepower to their roster. Photo from PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines – For the second straight season, Columbian will select the No. 1 pick  in the PBA Rookie Draft. 

Columbian beat out Blackwater by a whisker for the top spot in the draft order, amassing 10.3 points after finishing 11th in the Commissioner’s Cup and 10th in the Philippine Cup and the Governors’ Cup. 

Blackwater, meanwhile, garnered 10.2 points as it missed out on the chance of picking first for the first time since 2016 despite landing at 12th and last place in 2 of the 3 conferences. 

The rankings in the Philippine Cup account for 40% of the points, while the Commissioner’s Cup and the Governors’ Cup are valued at 30% each.

Among those who have submitted their draft application are Ateneo’s Isaac Go, Mike and Matt Nieto, Vince Tolentino, and Adrian Ong, Letran’s Jerrick Balanza and Bonbon Batiller, and UE’s Rey Suerte. 

La Salle’s Kib Montalbo, Adamson’s Sean Manganti, Lyceum’s Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino, Arellano’s Kent Sallado, and San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi have also declared for the draft. 

Also part of the draft pool are St Clare’s Chris Bitoon, EAC’s William McAloney, CEU’s Cris Dumapig, FEU’s Wendell Comboy, and PCU’s Mike Ayon-ayon. 

Other Filipino-foreign bets who have signed up are Daryl Singontiko, Roosevelt Adams, Mark Taylor, Jason Riley,and Travis Thompson.

Meanwhile, Thirdy Ravena – who led Ateneo to 3 straight UAAP championships and won Finals MVP in all of those title runs – has not submitted his application amid talks of him going No. 1. 

Columbian nabbed CJ Perez as the top pick last season a year after trading the No. 1 pick to San Miguel, which was used to select Christian Standhardinger. 

The deadline of application is at 5 pm on Friday, November 29. –

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.