Slaughter leads 44 hopefuls in PBA draft
MANILA, Philippines - This year’s PBA Rookie Draft went as far as seven rounds selecting from a talented pool of applicants.
Jane Bracher reports.
This year’s PBA Rookie Draft yields 44 talented rookies from 79 hopefuls after going as far as seven selection rounds. As expected, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel picks seven-foot big man Greg Slaughter on round 1.
The Atenean is looking forward to playing for the popular ball club.
GREG SLAUGHTER, BARANGAY GINEBRA: Just the whole experience of it working towards one goal. We’re all working for one thing. And I’m just really excited to get started and work with everyone towards one thing.
Ginebra also selects Arellano standout James Forrester for the fourth pick.
ATO AGUSTIN, HEAD COACH, GINEBRA: Forrester kasi can play 2 and 3. Syempre andyan sila Caguioa and Helterbrand. Pwede siyang support. Tapos syempre scorer kasi siya. Energy guy na kailangan namin. Alam mo naman ang Ginebra run and gun, di ba?
( Forrester can play 2 and 3. Of course we have (Mark) Caguioa and (Jayjay) Helterbrand. (Forrester) He can be the support.
He’s also a scorer. The kind of energy guy that we need.You know Ginebra’s style of play. We run and gun.)
Also a big winner in the draft is Globalport Batang Pier.
Rebuilding its team, Globalport drafts big names Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia Isaac Holstein, Nico Salva, LA Revilla and Jopher Custodio.
ISAAC HOLSTEIN, GLOBALPORT: I’m probably gonna be the best shot blocker in the league. That and rebounding is gonna be my job so I’m just gonna do my job.
Zamboanga's pride Darwin Cordero also comes one step closer to his dream after being drafted by Barako Bull.
Ryan Buenafe went to Alaska followed by Alex Nuyles to Rain or Shine, and Justin Chua to San Mig Coffee.
UAAP stars Nico Salva and Jeric Teng, expected to be snapped up in the first round, slide to the second round.
With the amount of talent available, there are calls for the PBA to consider adding more teams.
TIM CONE, HEAD COACH, SAN MIG COFFEE: That’s really up to the owners. It’s not that easy. It would be nice for the players because we have so many players outside the league that could be playing but again it’s a complex issue that has to be tackled by the owners.
One thing is certain, great things are in store for the PBA.
JANE BRACHER, REPORTING: This PBA Rookie Draft caps off a year when Philippine basketball is experiencing a tremendous resurgence. At the same time, it is also the beginning of a bright new future for the sport Filipinos can’t live without. Jane Bracher, Rappler, Manila.
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