Annual Rookie Draft brims over with new talents

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THE entry of Terrence Romeo of Far Eastern University has made the 2013 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Annual Rookie Draft on November 3, at the Robinson’s Malate, as one of the most talent-laden in recent years.

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Most coaches predicted Romeo to be chosen as early as the first round along with 7’0 Greg Slaughter of Ateneo Blue Eagles, 6’7 Ian Sangalang of San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags and 6’7 Raymond Almazan of Letran Knights.

Ginebra, which acquired the rights for the no. 1 pick from Air 21, San Mig Coffee from Globalport and Rain or Shine from Barako Bull are expected to pick big men like Slaughter, Sangalang and Almazan in the early rolls while Romeo could emerge no. 4 pick by Barako Bull, which gained the fourth, fifth and sixth slots in the first round.

Coach Rajko Toroman of Barako Bull hinted that he would pick Romeo if the three big men were already taken. He said his other prospects are R.R. Garcia also from FEU, Jeric Teng of University of Sto. Tomas (UST) and James Forrester of Arellano University.

A total of 85 players will join the draft. The others notables are Nico Salva, Ryan Buenafe of Ateneo, Jeric Fortuna of UST, PBA D-League stars Justin Chua, Robby Celiz, and Isaac Holstein, 6’0 Nate Matute of Jose Rizal University, 6’2 Forrester, 6’9 Isaac Holstein of West Virginia State, 6’3 Michael Silungan of UP, 5’11 Jens Knuttel of FEU and 6’8 John Usita of Shoreline Community College.

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