BARANGAY Ginebra has strengthened its frontline in the coming 39th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup by selecting seven-footer Greg Slaughter as the top overall pick in the PBA rookie draft on Sunday at the Robinson Place in Ermita, Manila.
San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ Ian Sangalang was chosen by San Mig Coffee as the 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.
Ginebra also tapped Arellano University’s James Forrester as the fourth pick, which they received from Barako Bull via trade. Ginebra gave up Willy Wilson and forward Rico Maierhofer to Barako for the fourth overall pick.
Global Port of team owner Mikee Romero owned the fifth, sixth and seventh overall pick to become the busiest team during the draft day.
They picked Far Eastern University’s Terrence Romeo (fifth pick) and Ryan Roose Garcia (sixth), and Isaac Hostein (seventh). Global Port got the fifth pick via trade from Petron Blaze for the rights of Yousef Taha. Originally, the fifth pick belonged to Barako Bull but traded it to Petron Blaze for veteran Mark Isip and Magi Sison.
The Batang Pier added Ateneo’s 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.
Rain or Shine selected Adamson’s Alex Nuyles as ninth pick overall. The Elasto Paintmaster 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.