FORMER Ateneo Blue Eagles player Greg Slaughter emerged as early favorite in the 2013 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Draft set on November 3 at the Robinson’s Place in Ermina, Manila.
The 7’0 center Slaughter, who also played with the Gilas Pilipinas that won the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia, is expected to become the top overall pick of Ginebra for the 39th PBA season.
Ginebra edged San Mig Coffee for the rights to pick first in a lottery held at halftime of Game One in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Friday.
If the 25-year-old Slaughter, who started playing basketball as a member of the Don Bosco High School team in Cebu and University of the Visayas Green Lancers, will be picked by Ginebra, then he would be the second Cebuano to emerge as no. 1 pick after 6’10 June Mar Fajardo by Petron Blaze that was the top favorite in last year’s draft.
The other former collegiate players that are expected to send their applications to the rookie draft before the October 18 deadline are Letran’s Raymond Almazan, University of the Philippines’ Mike Silungan and Mark Lopez, Far Eastern University’s Mark Bringas, Adamson’s James Camson, San Beda’s Jose Caram, San Sebastian’s Dave Najorda, Jose Rizal University’s Jeckster Apinan, Arellano’s James Forrester, former Ateneo teammates Nico Salva and Justin Chua, two-time UAAP MVP awardee Bobby Ray Parks of National University as well as San Sebastian College stars Ian Sangalang and Ronald Pascual. The 6’4 Parks, son of late former PBA import Bobby Parks, could rival Slaughter as top favorite.