Ginebra built up its frontline for the coming 39th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup by selecting seven-footer Greg Slaughter as the top overall pick in Sunday’s PBA rookie draft at the Robinson Place in Ermita, Manila.
San Sebastian College 6’7 Ian Sangalang, as expected, went to San Mig Coffee as its second overall pick. Rain or Shine made 6’7 Raymund Almazan the third overall pick in the annual draft to join Letran mentor and Rain or Shine assistant coach Caloy Garcia.
After making Slaughter the No. 1 pick this season, the Gin Kings improved their backcourt by tapping Arellano University’s shooter James Forrester with the fourth pick, which they received from Barako Bull via a trade.
Ginebra gave up Willy Wilson and forward Rico Maierhofer to Barako for the fourth overall pick.
Global Port team owner Mikee Romero owned the fifth, sixth and seventh overall pick to become the busiest team on draft day.
They chose Far Eastern University’s sweet shooting Terrence Romeo as the fifth pick and Romeo’s teammate Ryan Roose Garcia as the sixth pick.
Global Port got the fifth pick via trade from Petron Blaze for the rights of 6’7 Yousef Taha. Originally, the fifth pick belonged to Barako Bull but traded it to Petron Blaze for veteran Mark Isip and 6’7 bench player Magi Sison.
The Batang Pier added 6’8 Isaac Holstein as their seventh overall pick and Ateneo’s 6’5 Nico Salva as their 11th overall pick to beef up their frontline.
Salva’s Ateneo teammate Ryan Buenafe has been tapped by the Alaska Aces as their eighth overall pick.
After getting Almazan early in the draft, Rain or Shine selected Adamson’s Alex Nuyles as ninth pick overall. The Elasto Paintmasters also got University of Santo Tomas’ Jeric Teng as their 12th overall pick.
San Mig Coffee made Ateneo’s Justin Chua as the 10th overall pick and Justin Melton as 13th pick overall.
JOSEF T. RAMOS