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gameface_one
06-22-2006, 07:48 AM
Tenorio, Isip join PBA rookie draft
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HARBOUR CENTRE’S LA Tenorio and Magnolia Ice Cream’s Mark Isip, two of the country’s dependable players, will be joining 2006 rookie draft of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) set Aug. 20 at Market! Market! in Taguig City.


After emerging as Finals MVP in the recent PBL Unity Cup championship where Harbour Centre outlasted Toyota Otis in a thrilling encounter, Tenorio’s marketing value has also soared up tremendously, thus making him one of the hottest candidates for the No. 1 pick.

Though wily guard prefers to play with Red Bull so that he will be reunited with former Ateneo teammates – Enrico Villanueva, Rich Alvarez, Paolo Bugia and Larry Fonacier, Tenorio would be glad if other teams would draft him right in the first round.

The 6-foot-5 Isip is one of the courageous defenders in the PBL, having helped the Wizards win two championships. He’s also blessed with a deft touch in the perimeter.

Players who already made themselves available include Fil-Ams Joe Devance, Kelly Williams and Rob Reyes, although the Office of the Commissioner is still awaiting the completion of their respective documents.

"They’ve already given their Draft application, but technically, they still cannot be considered in until upon completion of their documents," said PBA Commissioner Noli Eala, who will also thoroughly interview all three Fil-Ams before they become eligible for the draft.

The rest of the applicants include former St. Benilde Blazer Mark Magsumbol, Angelus Raymundo, Orvie Vivad and Glenn Perseveranda.

Wang-Bu
06-22-2006, 05:57 PM
Hindi ba sasali sina Joseph Yeo, Ronjay Enrile at Arwind Santos sa draft?

Tancha ko lang sila na siguro ang pinakamagaling na mga prospects ngayon para sa PBA. PBA ready na sila lalo na si Da Ninja Joseph Yeo.

Basta wala kang takot na kumalaban ng isang bardagul na PBA player gaya ni Enrico Villanueva handang-handa ka ng lumaban s PBA. Sabi nga sa akin ng isang nagngangalang Johnny Abarrientos, "Inaabangan na nga namin 'yan e, lalo na nila Junthy (Valenzuela) at Lourdy (Tugade)..."

kryptonite
06-23-2006, 02:50 AM
Siguro ang Top Picks sa First Round: Joe Devance, Kelly Williams, Rob Reyes, Arwind Santos, LA Tenorio. Sila Yeo at Isip baka sa 2nd Round. Tingin ko mas magaling pa si Angelus Raymundo kesa kay Isip. Parang slow-footed si Isip. I don't know if he is PBA material.

shyboy
06-23-2006, 02:23 PM
Siguro ang Top Picks sa First Round: Joe Devance, Kelly Williams, Rob Reyes, Arwind Santos, LA Tenorio. Sila Yeo at Isip baka sa 2nd Round. Tingin ko mas magaling pa si Angelus Raymundo kesa kay Isip. Parang slow-footed si Isip. I don't know if he is PBA material.


If Paolo Bugia and Manny Ramos found a place (for now) in the PBA, siguro meron ding kukuha dyan kay Mark Isip.

john_paul_manahan
06-24-2006, 11:21 AM
who does welcoat intend to bring up?

cub
06-24-2006, 11:33 AM
^^ Jay-R Reyes, Samigue Eman and Jun Jun Cabatu. gusto din nila kunin sina Jojo Tangkay, Al Magpayo and Froilan Baguion.

i think Joseph will be picked in the first round together with Arwind, Kelly, Joe and L.A.

kryptonite
06-26-2006, 01:35 AM
Maybe TNT will pick Yeo in the 1st round, remember Asi Taulava heaping high praises for Yeo during UAAP games. Maybe Isip will be picked in the draft just like Ramos to be benchwarmers. I dunno...maybe they'll prove me wrong.

Kid Cubao
06-26-2006, 08:49 AM
what TNT needs is to shore up its forward corps. in their lineup, they only have THREE fulltime forwards: harvey carey, anthony washington, and vic pablo, and for majority of the season, it's ony vic pablo who had to carry the scoring load since the other two have all landed in the IL for prolonged periods of time. they will not draft another guard like joseph yeo when there is a forward prospect available.

5FootCarrot
06-26-2006, 08:59 AM
they will not draft another guard like joseph yeo when there is a forward prospect available.*
And one of those prospects would be...Mark Isip? ;D

Kid Cubao
06-26-2006, 09:14 AM
the pick of the litter in this year's draft are looming to be joe devance, kelly williams, arwind santos, mark isip, and LA tenorio. depending on the draft order, each prospect has his own respective allure and potential. however, i feel joe devance has yet to work certain facets of his game, like his inability to battle rebounders in heavy traffic, while kelly williams has yet to get used to playing the 4 and 5, which i think he will be called on from time to time when he gets to the PBA. arwind has yet to fully learn how to shoot off the dribble, while LA will have some time adjusting to the size of guard defenders as well as the subtle differences in the pro game. rob reyes, former blue eagle eric reyes's nephew, might just be the sleeper in the draft.

Kid Cubao
06-26-2006, 09:15 AM
they will not draft another guard like joseph yeo when there is a forward prospect available.
And one of those prospects would be...Mark Isip? ;D


most probably :) mark isip has the makings of a good forward in the pros.

toti_mendiola
06-26-2006, 03:16 PM
they will not draft another guard like joseph yeo when there is a forward prospect available.*
And one of those prospects would be...Mark Isip? ;D


most probably :) mark isip has the makings of a good forward in the pros.


And would be very comfortable at the pro considering his type of basketball, semi zone!
high posts and one on one plays. fade away jumpers off the dribble.

Posterized
06-26-2006, 04:30 PM
Maybe TNT will pick Yeo in the 1st round, remember Asi Taulava heaping high praises for Yeo during UAAP games. Maybe Isip will be picked in the draft just like Ramos to be benchwarmers. I dunno...maybe they'll prove me wrong.


Hindi naman yata magka-liga si Ramos at Isip sa galing. Ramos was a so-so Archer while Isip was one of the pillars of FEU, Arwind and Denok being the other two. Footwork pa lang for a big man, alam mo ng makukuha si Isip.

Joescoundrel
06-26-2006, 09:15 PM
What pray tell are JR Reyes, Samigue Eman and Junjun Cabatu going to do in the PBA? Bitch and moan like they have so far all throughout their amateur careers? I'd like to especially see Cabatu try to get jiggy with it in front of PBA veterans like he did to UE last season. I'll just bet they'll welcome him the same way they welcome all a--holes to the pros: with a mop dive clear across the court.

Does anybody have any idea who the Top 3 teams are in the draft order? Kelley Williams should be hands down the best player available and will be an asset to any team, regardless of that team's actual personnel needs. Joe Devance won't likely go to team who already have marquee bigmen like Ginebra (Adducul, Menk, Andy Seigle) or San Miguel (Ildefonso, Pena). Arwind Santos may become a hybrid 3/2 in the PBA, although his ballhandling is rudimentary for the backcourt, and barely average for a forward. LA Tenorio may wind up surprising people by becoming no worse than the third overall pick. Joseph Yeo better have a great agent or he'll wind up in the second round and may have to fight for a PBA slot with the way he dissed Enrico in the Dream Games.

shyboy
06-26-2006, 10:12 PM
It's almost certain Kelly Williams and Joe Devance will be the top two picks in no particular order. Arwind Santos will most likely be third pick. Rob Reyes, JR Quinahan and Gabby Espinas are sure first-rounders. LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo's impressive farewell performances in leading Harbour Centre to a PBL crown moved them several notches up in the draft derby and they'll most likely land first round spots as well. Others are Mark Isip, RJ Rizada, Ronjay Enrile, Boyet Bautista.

kryptonite
06-27-2006, 12:32 AM
JR Quinahan and Gabby Espinas might not enter this years draft. However, the roster openings generated by the entry of Welcoat might persuade them to do so.

kryptonite
06-27-2006, 12:39 AM
Maybe TNT will pick Yeo in the 1st round, remember Asi Taulava heaping high praises for Yeo during UAAP games. Maybe Isip will be picked in the draft just like Ramos to be benchwarmers. I dunno...maybe they'll prove me wrong.


Hindi naman yata magka-liga si Ramos at Isip sa galing. Ramos was a so-so Archer while Isip was one of the pillars of FEU, Arwind and Denok being the other two. Footwork pa lang for a big man, alam mo ng makukuha si Isip.


Di ko naman sinabi na mag-kasing galing si Ramos at Isip. Mas magaling nga si Isip nung UAAP at PBL days nila pero sa PBA ibang usapan na yan. Ang ibig sabihin, parehong benchwarmers lang sila. Sa PBA kasi, kapag 6-5 ka, which is Isip's height (with shoes), dapat you can shoot the 3-pt shot with consistency and can bring the ball down with ease. I don't think Isip can do that with consistency to be considered PBA stars.

kryptonite
06-27-2006, 12:59 AM
Mark Isip is in the mold of a Jondan Salvador and Billy Mamaril. Big men who can shoot the medium range jumpers but lack the consistency of converting them. Isip is not really known to be an exceptional rebounder even during his FEU days where he blossomed only in his senior year. He'll play well this game then disappear the next game. To be successful in the PBA, he should play well and rebound well on a consistent basis.

Remember, even Al Magpayo failed to crack a PBA line-up last year. He stands 6-5 with a better offensive arsenal than Isip. Even with a fractured hand, Magpayo created interest among PBA teams due to his size and ability to shoot from the 3-pt range.

On the other hand, Manny Ramos may have been lucky to be getting playing time. Maybe injuries to the other big men on his team could have played a big role. He's just playing to take up space in the shaded lane. He has not been known to be a big time rebounder like Isip.

Kid Cubao
06-27-2006, 08:26 AM
al magpayo's game hasn't been the same ever since he badly broke his forearm last year. that's the reason pro scouts have been overlooking him--it seems he lost confidence going to his left perhaps as a result of some lingering phobia of reinjuring his forearm. given time, however, it won't be long before he finally sees PBA action.

well, if mark isip is in the mold as jondan salvador and billy mamaril, he's in good company. however, mark isip's main strength (at least in the UAAP ranks) is his low-post game and his ability to pass off the double team. the reason why he's not collaring those rebounds is because of arwind santos, his frontline mate. arwind was last season's leading rebounder with 12.7 a game, and it is unusual to have teammates competing for rebound stats.

manny ramos is a welcome sight in ginebra. i agree he made the most of the breaks that went his way, with the injuries to andy seigle, rommel adducul, and even erik menk. sana makita pa nating mas matagal si manny. still he's basically a piano mover for the likes of mark caguioa, jayjay helterbrand, and menk. mark macapagal is a rookie revelation :) kala ko di uubra yung pagka-bwakaw nya when he was still with toyota otis. good thing he was able to understand the team concept playing for a structure-oriented coach like siot tanquincen.

gameface_one
06-27-2006, 09:38 AM
Tenorio looms as early pick
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By REY C. LACHICA

The shortest player may be the hottest in the coming Philippine Basketball Association draft.



L. A. Tenorio, formerly of Ateneo and currently with Harbour Centre, is already being scouted by several interested PBA teams, including expansion squad Welcoat Paints whose owners have expressed interest in acquiring the 5-8 point guard.

That is if Tenorio is still available as the No.10 pick which is what Welcoat has in the PBA draft which will be held on Aug. 20.

Tenorio is among several college and Philippine Basketball League graduates who have made themselves available for the draft.

Tenorio is leaving the PBL with a sterling record, being one of the architects of Harbour Centre’s first PBL title.

"Unlike other playmakers who loves to dazzle the crowd with their crossover skill and spectacular drives, L.A. has a great timing and that’s important for a player," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent. "He’s a thinking player and thrives at crunch time."

Tenorio said he has received feelers from a few PBA teams who said they were interested in acquiring him.

The drafting order has not been finalized except for the No. 1 pick which will go to Sta. Lucia.

"May teams na tumatawag na rin but I’m not yet sure which team will pick me," said Tenorio whose calming influence during Harbour’s showdown with Toyota Otis helped his team win the PBL Unity Cup in five games.

"But I’ll be happy if will be drafted in the first round," said Tenorio who finished among the top five scorers in the PBL.

Tenorio averaged 11.4 points per game and topped the assists department with 3.84 a game. He also had a respectable 3.8 rebounds per game.

Welcoat Paints appears to be a keen suitor though its chances are slim.

The Paint Masters, owned by Raymund Yu and Terry Que, will be picking 10th and 11th .

"We’re very interested to get him, kaso we don’t know kung makukuha pa namin siya dahil for sure he will be drafted by other teams ahead of us," said Yu and Que. "With what he showed in the PBL finals, maraming teams ang kukuha sa kanya."

Though he prefers to be with his former Ateneo teammates who are mostly playing with Red Bull, Tenorio is ready to play his best to whichever team will pick him.

"Kahit sinong team ang kukuha sa akin, I’ll do everything dahil sa tiwala nila sa akin," said Tenorio.

toti_mendiola
06-27-2006, 10:46 AM
How true are rumors that Gabby Espinas will likely follow the route of Leo Najorda by applying for the draft while playing for the NCAA?

Kid Cubao
06-27-2006, 10:48 AM
if sta. lucia gets first dibs in the 2006 draft, then it's highly unlikely they'll pick tenorio since the realtors already have paolo mendoza, alex cabagnot, cesar catli, mac cuan, and former red bull jimwell torion (if he'll still be around next year). on paper, their guards are solid. however, they have to find a way to phase out their aging veterans (marlou, dennis espino, kenneth duremdes) in order for coach alfrancis to execute the uptempo game that he really loves. too bad, marlou signed a contract extension (!!!). thus i correct myself: sta lucia must find a way to phase out buddy encarnado if they are to achieve any semblance of success next season.

chocoks77
06-27-2006, 04:13 PM
if sta. lucia gets first dibs in the 2006 draft, then it's highly unlikely they'll pick tenorio since the realtors already have paolo mendoza, alex cabagnot, cesar catli, mac cuan, and former red bull jimwell torion (if he'll still be around next year). on paper, their guards are solid. however, they have to find a way to phase out their aging veterans (marlou, dennis espino, kenneth duremdes) in order for coach alfrancis to execute the uptempo game that he really loves. too bad, marlou signed a contract extension (!!!). thus i correct myself: sta lucia must find a way to phase out buddy encarnado if they are to achieve any semblance of success next season.


Tama ka Kuya! Bakit hindi ba nila mabitawan si Marlou e paminsan minsan na lang naglalaro ng basketball yan. Takbo at talon lang sa court ang alam niyan. Hindi nagwe weights puro angas lang. Sayang siya, he was highly anticipated sa pros before lalo na kung yung work ethic niya parang kay Danny I. He could have been a very dominant big man.

Posterized
06-27-2006, 09:25 PM
Maybe TNT will pick Yeo in the 1st round, remember Asi Taulava heaping high praises for Yeo during UAAP games. Maybe Isip will be picked in the draft just like Ramos to be benchwarmers. I dunno...maybe they'll prove me wrong.


Hindi naman yata magka-liga si Ramos at Isip sa galing. Ramos was a so-so Archer while Isip was one of the pillars of FEU, Arwind and Denok being the other two. Footwork pa lang for a big man, alam mo ng makukuha si Isip.


Di ko naman sinabi na mag-kasing galing si Ramos at Isip. Mas magaling nga si Isip nung UAAP at PBL days nila pero sa PBA ibang usapan na yan. Ang ibig sabihin, parehong benchwarmers lang sila. Sa PBA kasi, kapag 6-5 ka, which is Isip's height (with shoes), dapat you can shoot the 3-pt shot with consistency and can bring the ball down with ease. I don't think Isip can do that with consistency to be considered PBA stars.


I actually do agree with you that he won't be a starter. Maybe in the future, if he evolves his game. But for now, he will be relegated to the bench just like any other rookie. I think he'll play some minutes regularly though.

Now, back to the point, what I was actually trying to point out was that he was sure to be picked instead of being a maybe. Baka mali lang pagkaintindi ko sa iyo, so tapusin na natin ito. Hehe. ;D

kryptonite
06-27-2006, 10:39 PM
Yup, may poetential naman si Isip. Kaya lang pag naglalaro sya parang si Marlou Aquino sya, parang walang intensity. But I do hope he excels in the PBA para madagdagan naman ang magaling na big men natin.

bigfreeze_bibby
06-29-2006, 07:33 AM
Maka-singit lang regarding Mark Isip. Actually, he's one player that I like having down low because of his "Mr. basic" mentality wherein he doesn't need to have fancy moves down low just to make baskets. Medyo finesse ang laro nitong batang ito down low making shots from medium range and combined with his basic moves towards the basket. Tingin ko he'll get drafted, but the team who'll get him should know his strengths para ma-maximize yung game niya.

As to Sta Lucia, ewan ko kung hanggang kelan nila ilalagay sa roster nila si Marlou, I certainly do feel that wala na siyang impact sa game as this stage. It's time for him to retire I guess and get some new fresh blood in the team. Kahit si Kenneth and Dennis, medyo inconsistent na rin ang laro and I think dapat bitawan na yan ng SLR.

As for Gabby Espinas, I don't know with the NCAA rules if they allow cases wherein a player who applies for the draft can still play at the same time in the NCAA. If Najorda did that, I don't see any reason why Gabby can't do it as well. This is Gabby's last season if I am not mistaken and hinog na rin yung bata to join the draft.

bchoter
07-04-2006, 12:13 PM
The no-Fil-Am stance of some teams will somewhat disrupt the draft order as the 2 of the top prospects are Fil-Ams who are not full-blooded or homegrown. Rob Reyes is a full-blooded but foreign-bred and this may exclude him from the anti-Fil-Am stand of SLR and Fed Ex.

Give the lack of hype, I think Gabby Espinas will be the steal in the draft.

Kid Cubao
07-04-2006, 12:38 PM
i agree, especially in the light of sta. lucia selecting first in the draft. malamang si arwind ang maging no. 1 overall pick. ewan ko lang kay espinas, kasi kahit walang hype hetong si espinas, he'll always be in the radar of coaches and GMs. i think it'll be boyet bautista, if he applies this year, who's the next steal of the draft.

oca
07-04-2006, 02:14 PM
As for Gabby Espinas, I don't know with the NCAA rules if they allow cases wherein a player who applies for the draft can still play at the same time in the NCAA. If Najorda did that, I don't see any reason why Gabby can't do it as well. This is Gabby's last season if I am not mistaken and hinog na rin yung bata to join the draft.


There was no press release that the rule has been changed. We can safely assume that Espinas can apply without prejudice to his current varsity status.

This is one rule, among many, w/c I think makes the NCAA more progressive than the UAAP. But that's for another topic...

bchoter
07-04-2006, 03:06 PM
i agree, especially in the light of sta. lucia selecting first in the draft. malamang si arwind ang maging no. 1 overall pick. ewan ko lang kay espinas, kasi kahit walang hype hetong si espinas, he'll always be in the radar of coaches and GMs. i think it'll be boyet bautista, if he applies this year, who's the next steal of the draft.
Agree with Boyet Bautista, too. With all the PG hype on LA Tenorio, Boyet may still be available by late 2nd round. A true steal in the draft.

gameface_one
07-08-2006, 10:39 AM
FEU’s Santos joins PBA Draft
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THE BEST of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have joined the PBA Draft bandwagon.


Arwind Santos and Jay Sagad, the reigning Most Valuable Players (MVPs) from the country’s leading collegiate leagues, are the latest addition to the list of prospective rookies for the August 20 event to be held at Market! Market! in Taguig.

A total of 23 applicants have so far applied for this year’s Draft and more are expected to make themselves available just before the July 14 deadline.

"We’re very happy to see Arwind Santos and Jay Sagad among the prospective rookies for this year’s Draft, two players who have the potential to become PBA superstars in the future,"said PBA Commissioner Noli Eala.

Santos is a two-time UAAP MVP who powered the Far Eastern U Tamaraws to three straight men’s basketball titles since the 2003 season.

A national team member, the versatile 6-foot-4 forward from Pampanga was also adjudged MVP in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) where he led Magnolia to two championships.

The 23-year-old Sagad was a former volleyball player who shifted to basketball, a move he later justified by running away with the NCAA’s highest individual award while playing for College of St. Benilde.

Another NCAA star, Gabriel Espinas, has also applied for the annual Draft together with Philippine Christian U teammate Robert Sanz.

The two were the 1-2 punch of the Dolphins when they won their first ever men’s basketball championship in 2004, the same year Espinas pulled off the rare feat of being named MVP and Rookie of the Year on the same season.

They also led PCU back to the NCAA Finals last year, but fell short against the Letran Knights.

At least three Fil-Ams — Robert Reyes, PBL MVP Joe Calvin DeVance and Kelly Williams — are included in this year’s Draft list .

But the league still has to scrutinize the documents the Fil-Ams submitted. The three are scheduled to be interviewed by the commissioner himself.

The rest of the rookie applicants include Lewis Alfred Tenorio, Joseph Yeo, Mark Isip, Mark Magsumbol, Glenn Edward Perseveranda, Orvie Vidad, Angelus Raymundo, Jireh Ibanes, Ariel de Castro, Abraham Santos, Chico Lanete, Alfie Grijaldo, Ryan Cristobal, Don Dulay, Philip Butel, Al Vergara and Ernani Christopher Pacana.

gameface_one
07-15-2006, 10:31 AM
54 applicants beat draft deadline


By June Navarro
Inquirer
Last updated 02:10am (Mla time) 07/15/2006

Published on page A24 of the July 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

FROM THE looks of it, there will be no consensus No. 1 pick in the Philippine Basketball Association rookie draft. And until Sta. Lucia announces the name it will tab first overall, the mystery will remain.

A total of 54 applicants beat the deadline for the rookie draft which will be tantatively held on Aug. 20 at the Market! Market! in Taguig.

Among them are Far Eastern’s Arwind Santos and Ateneo’s LA Tenorio -- two players widely considered for the No. 1 position. Joseph Yeo, on the other hand, of La Salle, is a first round shoo-in.

Crowding Santos and Tenorio for the top pick are three blue-collar Fil-Ams in Kelly Williams, Joe Da Vance and Rob Reyes, who managed to submit their documents, which will be heavily scrutinized before they are declared eligible.

Beyond the six players, though, everything’s a toss-up.

Applicants include 2004 NCAA MVP and Rookie of the Year Gabby Espinas, reigning NCAA MVP Jay Sagad, FEU’s Mark Isip and RJ Rizada and the Letran trio of Boyet Bautista, Ronjay and Mark Andaya.

Junjun Cabatu of La Salle and UP’s 6-foot-7JR Reyes could have been first-round shoo-ins also but both are expected to be withdrawn when Welcoat names them as part of the team it will elevate to the pro ranks.

Other notable names in the list are Ateneo’s Magnum Membrere, Christian Luanzon of UST, Mapua’s Erwin Sta. Maria and Ollan Omiping of UE.

Sta. Lucia Realty owns this year’s top overall pick, Air21 will select second and fourth overall while San Miguel has the third and fifth picks in the first round.

john_paul_manahan
07-16-2006, 04:27 AM
Any mock drafts, anyone?

gameface_one
07-16-2006, 07:49 AM
56 amateurs join PBA annual draft
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 07/16/2006

Sta. Lucia Realty has a huge quantity and deep quality of draft pool to choose from as it exercises its rights for the No. 1 pick overall in the 2006 PBA Rookie Draft tentatively set Aug. 20 at the Market! Market! in Taguig.

A total of 56 players beat Friday’s deadline for submission of application for the draft and, at this point, there seems to be no consensus favorite yet on who would become the top pick.

That’s because the list has everything to offer to the Realtors — from prized Fil-Am big men to prolific homegrown talents in all playing positions.

The best and the finest of the country’s premier collegiate leagues head the list with reigning UAAP MVP Arwind Santos of FEU and NCAA counterpart Jay Sagad of St. Benilde among those who made themselves available for the draft.

Also in the list are 2004 NCAA MVP winner Gabby Espinas, UAAP stars LA Tenorio, Magnum Membrere, Joseph Yeo, Mark Isip, Junjun Cabatu, Christian Luanzon and RJ Rizada and other NCAA top guns Robert Sanz, Boyet Bautista, Mark Andaya, John Paul Alcaraz, Jonathan Aldave, Aaron Aban, Frederick Feliciano, Jerome Paterno and Erwin Sta. Maria.

Fil-Am hotshots Rob Reyes, Joe DeVance and Kelly Williams also managed to beat the deadline for submission of draft requirements. Their papers, however, will be heavily scrutinized before they are declared eligible.

Other notable players in the roster are PBL veterans Mark Magsumbol, Chico Lanete, Al Vergara, Dennis Daa, JayR Reyes, Donald Dulay and Ronjay Enrile.

Completing the list are Glenn Perseveranda of Solano College, Orvie Vidad of Newvic College, Ralph Ibanes, Oliver Gavino and Abraham Santos of UP, Ariel de Castro and Alfie Grijaldo of NU, Ryan Cristobal, Ronnie Bughao and Paul Reguera of San Beda, Philp Butel and Ollan Omiping of UE, Chris Pacana of St. Francis, Richard Alonzo of Adamson, Denver Roque and Nicole Marasigan of San Sebastian, Nilo Sta. Cruz of Letran, Manuel Caceres of PSBA, Bob Ilanga of University of Mindanao, Erian Daja of WNC, Marlon Kalaw of MLQU, Alexander Sibug of Dominican College, Christian Arellano of College of Dupage and Christopher Apaitan of Mindanao State University.

Sta. Lucia coach Alfrancis Chua said they’re still studying what kind of player they need the most at this point in time.

Cabatu, Enrile and Reyes are likely to be struck out of the list as they could be the three amateur players Welcoat Paints will automatically elevate to the pro ranks upon its PBA entry this coming season.

While Sta. Lucia owns the first pick, Air21 has the rights for the second and fourth picks and San Miguel the third and fifth picks.

Air21 made Anthony Washington the first pick last year but the Express immediately traded the 6-foot-7 Fil-Am behemoth to Talk n Text. Washington didn’t see much action though due to injuries.

gameface_one
07-16-2006, 07:58 AM
Another Fil-Am sleeper in draft?
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Back in 2001, Mark Caguioa was tipped to be a sleeper in his batch of draftees, and eventually proved it by winning the Rookie of the Year honor in style.

This year, from the 54 hopefuls who beat the deadline for the August 20 draft at Market, Market, a Filipino American who is still anonymous to local basketball aficionados may follow Caguioa’s steps and could be the best available guard in the group.

That is, if he can live up to the records provided by his agent Charlie Dy to Sports Times.

"He’s supposed to be good, but we don’t know what he’ll show us at the Rookie Camp," said Dy.

His name? Alexander Davin, a 5-foot-11 point guard, who was born in Zambales to Filipino parents but was adopted when he was eight years old by his paternal aunt, who then married an American.

"They say he [Davin] plays like Jolas," added Dy, citing the similarity to retired PBA star Jojo Lastimosa, a 6-foot shooting guard.

Dy’s other clients in the draft pool are Far Eastern University’s Mark Isip and RJ Rizada, Nicole Uy of San Sebastian College, Harbour Center’s Robert Reyes and Welcoat’s Jay-R Reyes.

Davin, at 27 one of the older PBA draftees, will arrive at the end of this month.

According to Dy, Davin studied at Tappan Zee High School in New York, where he holds school records for steals, assists and three-pointers, and was named to the All-League, all-county and all-state teams.

Davin went to Dominican College, where he was an honorable mention on the all-freshmen team. He played early this year in Norway, leading his team in scoring, assists and steals and winning the championship. Joel Orellana

AnthonyServinio
07-17-2006, 12:10 AM
ABAN Aaron Abril
ALCARAZ John Paul
ALDAVE Jonathan
ALONZO Richard
ANDAYA Mark
APAITAN Christopher
ARELLANO Christian
BAUTISTA Boyet
BUGHAO Ronnie
BUTEL Philip
CABATU Santiago Jr.
CACERES Manuel
CRISTOBAL Ryan
DAA Dennis
DAJA Erian
DE CASTRO Ariel
DEVANCE Joe Calvin
DULAY Donald
ENRILE Ronjay
ESPINAS Gabriel
FELICIANO Edsel
GAVINO Michael Oliver
GRIJALDO Alfie
IBANES Jireh
ILANGA Bob Cozy
ISIP Mark
KALAW Marlon
LANETE Chico
LUANZON Christian
MAGSUMBOL Mark
MEMBRERE Benedicto
OMIPING Ollan Olivar
PACANA Christopher
PATERNO Jerome
PERSEVERANDA Glenn Edward
RAYMUNDO Angelus
REGUERA Paul Gerard
REYES Jay-R
REYES Robert
RIZADA Ryan Joseph
ROQUE Denver
SAGAD Ernie
SANTOS Abraham
SANTOS Arwind
SANZ Robert
SIBUG Alexander
STA. CRUZ Harold
STA. MARIA Erwin Rommel
TENORIO Lewis Alfred
UY Nicole
VERGARA Al
VIDAD Orvie
WILLIAMS Kelly
YEO Joseph Henry

Note: List subject to revision upon final submission of requirements and scrutiny by the PBA office.

JonarSabilano
07-18-2006, 06:17 PM
ABAN Aaron Abril
ALCARAZ John Paul
ALDAVE Jonathan
ALONZO Richard
ANDAYA Mark
APAITAN Christopher
ARELLANO Christian
BAUTISTA Boyet
BUGHAO Ronnie
BUTEL Philip
CABATU Santiago Jr.
CACERES Manuel
CRISTOBAL Ryan
DAA Dennis
DAJA Erian
DE CASTRO Ariel
DEVANCE Joe Calvin
DULAY Donald
ENRILE Ronjay
ESPINAS Gabriel
FELICIANO Edsel
GAVINO Michael Oliver
GRIJALDO Alfie
IBANES Jireh
ILANGA Bob Cozy
ISIP Mark
KALAW Marlon
LANETE Chico
LUANZON Christian
MAGSUMBOL Mark
MEMBRERE Benedicto
OMIPING Ollan Olivar
PACANA Christopher
PATERNO Jerome
PERSEVERANDA Glenn Edward
RAYMUNDO Angelus
REGUERA Paul Gerard
REYES Jay-R
REYES Robert
RIZADA Ryan Joseph
ROQUE Denver
SAGAD Ernie
SANTOS Abraham
SANTOS Arwind
SANZ Robert
SIBUG Alexander
STA. CRUZ Harold
STA. MARIA Erwin Rommel
TENORIO Lewis Alfred
UY Nicole
VERGARA Al
VIDAD Orvie
WILLIAMS Kelly
YEO Joseph Henry

Note: List subject to revision upon final submission of requirements and scrutiny by the PBA office.


What? No Samigue Eman?

j34dollarz
07-18-2006, 10:12 PM
siguro isa siya sa mga ieelavate ng welcoat.........

Sam Miguel
07-20-2006, 06:15 PM
MY DRAFT

Barring document snafus Kelly Williams should be the consensus top draft pick. At 6'6" and 215 pounds he brings plus athletic ability and superior basketball talent to go with a tall, strong package. He has shown consistent scoring from the post, the perimeter and everywhere else in between. He handles the ball well, sees the floor, passes willingly, involves his teammates, and is very coachable. He can play at least three positions and would create matchup problems even against PBA veterans. At the vey least he could be the next Danny Seigle. Sta Lucia Realty may not be too high on foreign born / bred players but Williams would be a first class upgrade for any franchise, more so the moribund and aging Realtors. Keep in mind that Williams had already technically strutted his stuff in the PBA as a member of one of Chot Reyes's Team Pilipinas selections in a pocket tournament last year, where he sizzled from trey range and also had a couple of thunderous dunks against a foreign team.

Arwind Santos and Gabby Espinas will dispute being the second overall pick with the other likely going third automatically. Both are nearly mirror images of the other, except that Santos has had the benefit of better overall coaching and exposure to the modern game, having been under the cerebral Koy Banal and winning two championships and two MVP awards in the UAAP. This may give Santos an edge for the Number 2 overall selection. Still, Espinas is a very good prospect with a plenty of upside, perhaps as a hybrid 3, and is himself an MVP. Santos, with all of his amateur achievements, may already be nearing his peak, and his rail of a body may turn off some teams. Both are long, wiry strong, highly athletic players who are really more runner-jumper types with good natural instincts for the ball. Neither would be a franchise maker though, although they could both help any team off the bench at the 3 and 4 spots. Santos however may need to convert to the 3/2 spot while Espinas may have to adjust a bit into a 4/3. How they adjust to the strenght, size, speed and overall high skill level of the PBA will determine if they will become stars or role players in the PBA.

Joe Devance looms as the fourth overall pick with his combination of size and brute strength. At 6'7" and a strapping 230 pounds, Devance will not have to change positions in the PBA as a 5/4 who gets rebounds and blocks some shots. He will however have to work on expanding his offense, even from the post, where he just backs down defenses and turns to his strong side for a jump hook or an up-and-under. He'll need to learn one or two counter moves or he'll get in trouble against the tall timber of the PBA down low like Asi Taulava and Dorian Pena. Some have also questioned his willingness to work and win, as he was often loafing about while his Toyota Otis teammates were rushing down on defense. This hopefully is not indicative of a lack of stamina and endurance on his part. With the speed of the modern game lead feet have no place.

Either LA Tenorio or Joseph Yeo will wind up as the fifth pick, with the one not picked likely winding up in the second round and thus fighting for a roster spot. Tenorio could be the next great homegrown PBA pointguard following the footsteps of The Flying A, or at worst he could become a career backup with occasional brilliant games on a contender. Tenorio however will have to find a way to get stronger, because his lack of size and mass will be put up against the banging in the pros. Yeo must find a way to rein in his hardcore tendencies and stop listening to his own press releases or he will get knocked on his can by veterans annoyed by his act, and he won't get any breaks from the officials either. His athletic abilities are unquestioned, but his character remains suspect and heaven help him if he winds up on a team of hard dispositions like San Miguel or Ginebra; he'll be flayed in practise before he even plays a single PBA minute. Certainly the entire Red Bull crew is dying to have at him.

joelex
07-21-2006, 12:32 AM
tenorio or yeo?? fighting for a roster spot?? 2nd round? no way.

chocoks77
07-21-2006, 01:01 AM
Ey, as far as I know, Sta.Lucia holds the first pick. They normally get homegrown talents except for Alex Cabagnot. Same goes for Air 21 who has the 2nd and 4th pick. San Miguel picks 3rd and 5th. Hindi ko na alam yung order ng 6-10. Sta. Lucia will pick Arwind Santos kasi tingin ko kelangan nila ng ganitong athlete ngayon. I hope they send Marlou to extinction na. 2nd pick will be Gaby Espinas. 3rd will be LA Tenorio, 4th will be I don't know na... Guys just correct me kung meron maling information dito.

cub
07-21-2006, 07:16 PM
^ arwind would likely be the first pick pero HINDI si espinas ang 2nd pick. hindi kailangan ng air21 ng isang payat na powerforward na walang shooting. air21 needs a point guard and that is LA Tenorio.

Howard the Duck
07-22-2006, 10:52 AM
anybody knows the draft order?

kryptonite
07-23-2006, 04:36 AM
First Round:
Sta Lucia: Arwind Santos, Realtors likes homegrown talent and Santos is the most athletic and versatile.
Air 21: Kelly Williams, probably the best talent available.
SMB: LA Tenorio, needs a PG and Tenorio is the best PG available.
Air 21: Joe Devance, best big man available to complement weak frontline.
SMB: Gabby Espinas, best defensive big man in the draft.

Good Chances of being picked in the 1st 2 rounds:

ALCARAZ John Paul - 5-10, Letran
ALDAVE Jonathan - 5-10, Letran
ALONZO Richard - 6-3, Adamson
BAUTISTA Boyet - 5-8, Letran
BUGHAO Ronnie - 5-9, SBC/ADMU
CABATU Santiago Jr. - 6-3, DLSU
DEVANCE Joe Calvin - 6-7, TEXAS
ESPINAS Gabriel - 6-5,PCU
ISIP Mark - 6-5, FEU
LANETE Chico - 5-8,Lyceum
LUANZON Christian - 6-3, UST
RAYMUNDO Angelus - 6-4,UE
REYES Jay-R - 6-5, UP
REYES Robert - 6-6,Harbour Ctr
RIZADA Ryan Joseph - 6-2,FEU
SAGAD Ernie - 6-3, CSB
SANTOS Abraham - 6-3, UP
SANTOS Arwind - 6-4,FEU
SANZ Robert - 6-3,PCU
TENORIO Lewis Alfred - 5-8,ADMU
WILLIAMS Kelly - 6-5, Magnolia
YEO Joseph Henry - 5-10, DLSU

kryptonite
07-23-2006, 04:42 AM
I don't think Arwind Santos and Gabby Espinas are mirror-images of one another. Santos has better range compared to Espinas. Santos can play the two forward positions at ease and may slide to the shooting guard position due to his good ball-handling skills and 3-point range. He is an athletic rebounder and a good shot-blocker. Espinas, on the other hand, is at best a skilled bigman with a great defensive presence. At the present, Santos is head and shoulders above Espinas.

gameface_one
07-24-2006, 09:40 AM
Sta. Lucia wants Santos as No. 1 draft pick
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 07/24/2006

Far Eastern U’s Arwind Santos is going to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 PBA Rookie Draft.

Sta. Lucia coach Alfrancis Chua has made known their choice this early, saying it’s "no-brainer" considering the 6-foot-6 forward is easily the best player in the draft pool.

"He easily stands out among the draft hopefuls. He’s the best choice," said Chua of Santos, the biggest name in the list of 54 players who made themselves available for the 2006 PBA draft set Aug. 20 in Market! Market! in Taguig.

"He’ll easily fit with the team since we badly need a big man to shore up our frontcourt," Chua also said.

What the Realtors are still giving a thorough study on is their choice at No. 6 overall. They acquired the rights for this pick in a previous trade deal with Barangay Ginebra.

Among the other big names in the list are LA Tenorio, Joseph Yeo, Gabby Espinas, Mark Isip, Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban and Mark Andaya. Fil-Ams Rob Reyes, Joe DeVance and Kelly Williams applied for the draft but it’s doubtful whether they can complete the necessary documents to be eligible for draft day.

Other notable hopefuls are Jay Sagad, Junjun Cabatu, Magnum Membrere, Christian Luanzon, RJ Rizada, Robert Sanz, John Paul Alcaraz, Jonathan Aldave, Frederick Feliciano, Jerome Paterno, Erwin Sta. Maria, Mark Magsumbol, Chico Lanete, Al Vergara, Dennis Daa, JayR Reyes, Donald Dulay and Ronjay Enrile.

Completing the partial list are Glenn Perseveranda of Solano College, Orvie Vidad of Newvic College, Ralph Ibanes, Oliver Gavino and Abraham Santos of UP, Ariel de Castro and Alfie Grijaldo of NU, Ryan Cristobal, Ronnie Bughao and Paul Reguera of San Beda, Philip Butel and Ollan Omiping of UE, Chris Pacana of St. Francis, Richard Alonzo of Adamson, Denver Roque and Nicole Marasigan of San Sebastian, Nilo Sta. Cruz of Letran, Manuel Caceres of PSBA, Bob Ilanga of University of Mindanao, Erian Daja of WNC, Marlon Kalaw of MLQU, Alexander Sibug of Dominican College, Christian Arellano of College of Dupage and Christopher Apaitan of MSU.

Marlou Aquino, Dennis Espino, Kenneth Duremdes, Paolo Mendoza, Alex Cabagnot and Cesar Catli are among key players with a live contract at Sta. Lucia.

The Sta. Lucia coaching staff is likely to infuse new blood into the team following a poor showing in the 2005-06 PBA campaign. The Realtors failed to make it past the wildcard phase in both the Fiesta and Philippine Cups.

With almost half of the Sta. Lucia lineup now without an existing contract, the team may well skip the Sultan Cup Invitational tourney in Brunei where it is scheduled to compete together with the PBA-backed national training pool next month.

While Sta. Lucia owns the first pick, Air21 has the rights for the second and fourth picks and San Miguel the third and fifth picks.

All-Filipino champion Purefoods will pick at No. 9 and coach Ryan Gregorio said they will opt for a big man.

time1513
07-24-2006, 02:17 PM
First Round:
Sta Lucia: Arwind Santos, Realtors likes homegrown talent and Santos is the most athletic and versatile.
Air 21: Kelly Williams, probably the best talent available.
SMB: LA Tenorio, needs a PG and Tenorio is the best PG available.
Air 21: Joe Devance, best big man available to complement weak frontline.
SMB: Gabby Espinas, best defensive big man in the draft.

Good Chances of being picked in the 1st 2 rounds:

ALCARAZ John Paul - 5-10, Letran
ALDAVE Jonathan - 5-10, Letran
ALONZO Richard - 6-3, Adamson
BAUTISTA Boyet - 5-8, Letran
BUGHAO Ronnie - 5-9, SBC/ADMU
CABATU Santiago Jr. - 6-3, DLSU
DEVANCE Joe Calvin - 6-7, TEXAS
ESPINAS Gabriel - 6-5,PCU
ISIP Mark - 6-5, FEU
LANETE Chico - 5-8,Lyceum
LUANZON Christian - 6-3, UST
RAYMUNDO Angelus - 6-4,UE
REYES Jay-R - 6-5, UP
REYES Robert - 6-6,Harbour Ctr
RIZADA Ryan Joseph - 6-2,FEU
SAGAD Ernie - 6-3, CSB
SANTOS Abraham - 6-3, UP
SANTOS Arwind - 6-4,FEU
SANZ Robert - 6-3,PCU
TENORIO Lewis Alfred - 5-8,ADMU
WILLIAMS Kelly - 6-5, Magnolia
YEO Joseph Henry - 5-10, DLSU


no Aaron Aban??

paralusi
07-24-2006, 02:35 PM
tenorio. san miguel beer.

has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

freak
07-24-2006, 08:37 PM
tenorio. san miguel beer.

has a nice ring to it, don't you think?


yes it has.. it may be also good if they get him.. he'll learn a lot from Olsen.

..but still.. there's something in me wanting him to go to red bull.. :D

easter
07-24-2006, 08:43 PM
tenorio. san miguel beer.

has a nice ring to it, don't you think?


Since walang pick and Red Bull sa first round sana makuha siya ng Air21. Tapos ibibigay din sa Red Bull :D.

Posterized
07-24-2006, 08:56 PM
Trade Najorda (that useless fool) and Topex (although gusto ko siya pero kung para makuha si LA, sige na) for one of SMB's picks. Kung gusto rin nila itapon si Wesley our way, pwede rin.

bluewing
07-24-2006, 11:30 PM
Trade Najorda (that useless fool) and Topex (although gusto ko siya pero kung para makuha si LA, sige na) for one of SMB's picks. Kung gusto rin nila itapon si Wesley our way, pwede rin.




personally, i want junthy valenzuela traded. kahit na nakaka-topscore sya paminsan-minsan, hindi ko pa rin type ang playing style nya. masyadong buwaya. pag nagpipilit, lalong lumalala ang lagay ng team. kahit na naka-tsamba pa sya sa san miguel, wala akong pakialam. ayoko sa kanya. sa tingin ko kaya rin ni wesley yung mga ginagawa ni junthy. kung pakapalan din lang ng mukha, aba, hindi rin mahihiya si wesley. plus, i don't think wes is happy in san miguel. kitang-kita sa mukha nya. i'm sure he'll jump at any opportunity to play with rico and the gang. i-trade na rin si najorda. isa pang basura yon.

pero wag si topex. okay yon. kung makuha pa ng red bull si LA, grabe ang bilis ng backcourt nyan...

cub
07-25-2006, 12:07 AM
wlang draft ang redbull sa first round kasi un ang kapalit ni Rich Alvarez. meaning, there's no chance for Redbull na mkuha si Tenorio. Santos would be the first pick, and LA would be the second. :P

time1513
07-25-2006, 02:16 AM
PBA Mock Draft 2006

1st Round

Sta. Lucia Realtors – Arwind Santos – Why? Because they really want him and with all the possible big men in the draft he seems to be the most versatile. He is a good defender and a true athlete. He has a good outside shot and most importantly he follows all his shorts, giving him a lot of offensive rebounds. Can play all 3 frontcourt positions.

Air21 – Kelly Williams – I think Kelly can be a really good pro. Has to develop his jump shot and be more consistent with his J. I see him as a second coming of Sonny Alvarado or a Rob Parker. If Air 21 drafts him, imagine a frontcourt of Yancy, Kelly and Ranidel. Scary with Telan and KG coming off the bench.

SMB – Joe Devance – Watching SMB during the semis, they really, really lack a big man off the bench. With Pena and Danny I starting and trading away Nic Belasco, Joe would be a good pick for the beermen. Joe can be a really post player in the pro ranks and what the heck height is still might in the PBA. Joe also has the quickness and a decent outside shot to be an effective center and a quality power forward in the PBA.

Air21 – LA Tenorio – with Air21 running and gunning LA Tenorio seems to be a perfect fit with this ball club. And without a true backup point guard to Aborleda, LA would be a perfect fit. And besides LA is the best PG in his class. Has to improve on his outside shooting to be effective in the pros.

SMB – Joseph Yeo – too much talent to pass on. Has the potential to be the next great scorer in the PBA. Has improved his scoring and shooting as the years goes by and can drive past opponents with his quickness and upper body strength. Can learn a lot from veterans Don- Don and Chris.

Sta. Lucia – Gabby Espinas – With the twin towers starting to fade away I think the Realtors needs to start thinking BIG. Espinas brings to the team an energy guy, which the team sorely lacks, that can defend multiple positions and can rebound really well. Has to have a more consistent jump shot in order to be a threat on both sides of the floor.

Alaska – Rob Reyes – Soft hands and quick enough for his position, do I hear triangle for Rob? Alaska sorely needs a good center and I think Rob is a quality big man who can contribute right away in the pro ranks.

Alaska – Boyet Bautista – the next best point guard in the draft. Extremely quick and is a true point guard which can fit Alaska’s system. Lack of height can be overshadowed by solid outside shooting.

Purefoods – Mark Isip – with the injury of Salvador, the Chunkee Giants needs a big man that can replace soon to retire Limpot. Solid jump shot and is one the most fundamentally sound big men in this day of age. Can benefit from the familiarity of former college coach Koy Banal.

Welcoat – RJ Rizada – with the Paintmasters elevating 3 big men from the PBL, the Paintmasters might need some backcourt help in Rizada. A solid shooter and athletic enough to go strong to the hoop. Had a good college background and could help Basketball IQ as he elevates his game to the PBA.

2nd Round
(except for the 11th pick of welcoat. i dont know the draft order. so i basically based the order of picks by their potential and if they would make a good pro or not.)

Welcoat – Ronjay Enrile – with his familiarity with the team and the system Ronjay might be picked this high. Enrile is a proven scorer wherever he goes and can provide a spark to the Rookie team. His quickness and outside shooting proves him to be a solid contributor to the team. Might have to adjust playing the PG, which might cause him some adjusting as he elevates his game to the PBA.

Abby Santos – had a good showing in the recent Jones Cup and proved valuable to his stock in this year’s draft. Has a decent jump shot however lacks the height to play his natural position in the PBA. Can bring a lot of energy coming off the bench in any teams in the PBA. Can be a solid rebounder and a solid defender as well.

Aaron Aban – could have made the 1st round if he had a consistent jump shot. A tremendous athlete and could be a sleeper in the draft. A good defender and decent offensive player. Should improve on jump shots from the perimeter and from beyond the arc.

Robert Sanz – a scorer in college and could be potentially a mismatch at the 2 position. Can score from the perimeter, beyond the arc and can drive strong to the basket. Should improve on his ball handling skills to be an effective player in the PBA. Should also improve on the defensive end.

Richard Alonzo – a big body that can bang in the pros. A dependable defender and a good rebounder. Very physical and is usually used to defend best post up player of opposing team. Averaged almost a double-double in his last year in college and can be a help to any team in the PBA.

Chico Lanete – an excellent shooter, which proved to be very valuable to the recent champion harbour center. Could be a big help right away with his solid outside shooting. Might play a bigger role when given the chance in the PBA. Think Mark Macapagal.

Mark Andaya – a big man who will be willing to do the dirty work inside. Have long lanky arms, which could lead to being a good help defender. Can rebound well and has improved post moves and outside shots. Well height is still might.

Christian Luanzon – could be another sleeper in the draft. Couldn’t play his natural position in the amateur league because of his size but can prove them wrong when he steps up in the PROS. A typical point-forward who can dribble and pass for a man his size. Can be a decent rebounder and should improve his outside shot in order to survive in the PROS.

Ronnie Bughao – a PG with potential. Failed to have a debut with the Blue Eagles, however showed flashes of potential in the PBL. Could be a solid Point in the PROS and can be a true playmaker. Must adjust to the speed of the PBA.

Al Vergara - a true PG and has natural ballhandling ability. very good court general and rarely makes poor decisions. although talented, his 5-5 frame might scare away GM's. Regardless, he is still on top of the remaining hopefuls. Check him in for the final spot.

joelex
07-25-2006, 02:24 AM
but then again, it is widely speculated that air 21 will once again "trade" (sell?) its draft rights (or picks) showing that basketball is not their top priority. here's sensing joseph yeo will end up in a talk and text uniform.

joelex
07-25-2006, 02:26 AM
cant wait for a yeo-caguioa match up!! lets see which airhead will prevail here.hehe

toti_mendiola
07-25-2006, 12:53 PM
Singit ko lang si jerome Paterno. the only downside will be his built nonetheless his attitude and basketball sense and skills would negate the lack of physicality.

joelex
07-25-2006, 01:40 PM
Singit ko lang si jerome Paterno. the only downside will be his built nonetheless his attitude and basketball sense and skills would negate the lack of physicality.


agree with you...with the demand for the tall and athletic 3 postiion, the new tweener spot popularized by the likes of pingris and canaleta, he could be a mid-late 2nd rounder.

Sam Miguel
07-25-2006, 06:15 PM
I believe the draft will also hinge on the business side of basketball. This is where the UAAP players have an edge over everyone else in the draft. Unless we're talking about exceptional talents like Kelly Williams, teams sometimes draft thinking about how to bring more fans to their side i.e. getting a player with good PR potential because of his fans. Guys like Arwind, LA and Yeo fall into this general category. Of course the fact that they are truly gifted ballers is a supreme bonus. Still, these guys won't just help their teams on the court, they'll be great PR people for their mother corporations wherever they may be. Arwind and Yeo however may have a tough time living down their unforgettably ridiculous appearance on Eat Bulaga couple years back. But the bottomline remains the same: for the corporations getting good PR mileage from these future stars is just as important as their stat lines and box scores.

NCAA and PBL stars would be a harder sell in this respect, unless they're already known commodities who have been getting plenty of ink and pictures in all media like Gabby Espinas and Ronjay Enrile. As talented as Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban are, and even though they come form a traditional college basketball powerhouse, I seriously doubt they have the name recall of an Arwind, LA or Yeo. Case in point: Jay Sagad, the reigning NCAA MVP. I once had a serious hoops discussion with a couple of hoops nuts. When I mentioned the NCAA they immediately associated it with Espinas and Enrile. They never heard of Jay Sagad and they did not even know his school.

LION
07-25-2006, 07:07 PM
I once had a serious hoops discussion with a couple of hoops nuts. When I mentioned the NCAA they immediately associated it with Espinas and Enrile. They never heard of Jay Sagad and they did not even know his school.

Hey Sam. I doubt if they were really hoops nuts. If they don't know Jay Sagad or CSB, then they are not. True hoops nuts would know even the name of a team's benchwarmer or the towel boy. Ok the latter was an exaggeration.

freak
07-25-2006, 07:34 PM
PBA Mock Draft 2006

1st Round

Sta. Lucia Realtors – Arwind Santos – Why? Because they really want him and with all the possible big men in the draft he seems to be the most versatile. He is a good defender and a true athlete. He has a good outside shot and most importantly he follows all his shorts, giving him a lot of offensive rebounds. Can play all 3 frontcourt positions.



.. and because Alfrancis Chua already said so in the papers.. hehe ;)

time1513
07-25-2006, 09:18 PM
Singit ko lang si jerome Paterno. the only downside will be his built nonetheless his attitude and basketball sense and skills would negate the lack of physicality.


agree with you...with the demand for the tall and athletic 3 postiion, the new tweener spot popularized by the likes of pingris and canaleta, he could be a mid-late 2nd rounder.


i see you. jerome paterno can ba a sleeper in the draft but i see jerome as a poor mans Najorda caught between playing the 3 and the 4 which as you all can see had a hard time adjusting to Red Bull. but i see you the last part of the draft is a little bit tricky. thanks for your comment. :)

Posterized
07-25-2006, 10:15 PM
i see you. jerome paterno can ba a sleeper in the draft but i see jerome as a poor mans Najorda caught between playing the 3 and the 4 which as you all can see had a hard time adjusting to Red Bull. but i see you the last part of the draft is a little bit tricky. thanks for your comment.* :)


I disagree a wee bit with Paterno being a poor man's Najorda. I do think that they play the same but that Paterno has more brains on the court than Najorda. The latter seems too simple-minded and cannot adjust his play with what the defense throws him. He has sh!t for brains.

I-trade na sana siya. ;D

MVBA
07-26-2006, 12:16 AM
* * *Center Philip Butel played eight games for Montana Pawnshop-Davao in the recent ML Kwarta Padala Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association First Conference, averaging 9.6 points per game.

* * *We wish him the best of luck in the coming PBA Draft as the first ever applicant from the MVBA!



Related Links:

Gameface MVBA Forum (http://www.gameface.ph/forums/index.php?board=30.0)
:) MVBA Friendster Account (http://www.friendster.com/mvba)

kryptonite
07-26-2006, 06:01 AM
Center Philip Butel played eight games for Montana Pawnshop-Davao in the recent ML Kwarta Padala Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association First Conference, averaging 9.6 points per game.

We wish him the best of luck in the coming PBA Draft as the first ever applicant from the MVBA!



Related Links:

Gameface MVBA Forum (http://www.gameface.ph/forums/index.php?board=30.0)
:) MVBA Friendster Account (http://www.friendster.com/mvba)


I don't think Philip Butel is PBA caliber, if he is really good, he should be at least playing in the PBL as a starter.

paralusi
07-26-2006, 10:24 AM
PBA Mock Draft 2006

1st Round

x x x

Air21 – LA Tenorio – with Air21 running and gunning LA Tenorio seems to be a perfect fit with this ball club. And without a true backup point guard to Aborleda, LA would be a perfect fit. And besides LA is the best PG in his class. Has to improve on his outside shooting to be effective in the pros.

x x x


for LA's sake: o please, God, no!

Kid Cubao
07-26-2006, 01:35 PM
arboleda is the perfect fit for air21, wala nang iba. itanong nyo pa sa asawa nya ;D

jembengzon
07-26-2006, 01:58 PM
arboleda is the perfect fit for air21, wala nang iba. itanong nyo pa sa asawa nya ;D


please lang, may back up PG na si arboleda...yung anak niya ;D

person
07-26-2006, 02:35 PM
look...najorda does not deserve all the criticism you guys are giving him...paterno never made san beda a winning team..but najorda always made ssc-r a contender.najorda has won numerous awards and championships with ssc-r, welcoat and he did contribute to red bull's fiesta conference championship..its a shame that he isnt being utilized well by red bull..actually i think enrico's influence on red bull getting his former buddies was the start of the fall of red bull..najorda always outplayed bugia and alvarez when he got the chance...but because of the ATENEO influence, he just watched as bugia took his minutes...bugia never had player of the game awards with red bull..najorda had about 5 his whole first year as a pro...i know alot of people who think bugia was a useless pick and the reason for the fall of red bull...bugia aint even a rebounder or a blocker..so i disagree that najorda is useless for red bull...they should keep fonacier cause he proved he could play..its bugia who they should get rid of...trade alvarez and hrabak for a filler and first round pick and try to pick up espinas when he's available either in the first or second round...

Jaco D
07-26-2006, 03:07 PM
...the start of the fall of red bull
...the reason for the fall of red bull


And this is based on the team winning the previous conference and losing the recent conference?

Hmm.* Two conferences.* Isn't that too small a sample size to generalize into a trend?

toti_mendiola
07-26-2006, 03:34 PM
look...najorda does not deserve all the criticism you guys are giving him...paterno never made san beda a winning team..but najorda always made ssc-r a contender.najorda has won numerous awards and championships with ssc-r, welcoat and he did contribute to red bull's fiesta conference championship..its a shame that he isnt being utilized well by red bull..

Two players for you who falled short of individual awards and helping their teams to be winning teams in the NCAA but played big time in the pros, Alvin Patrimonio (Mapua) and Vergel Meneses (JRC) two of the most dominant players in their time in the PBA.
Najorda is a gifted athletic player but thats about it. IMO.
Paterno is a multi dimensional player with the smarts to play the game. Hindi lang pataasan ng lundag at paramihan ng puntos ang kinukonsidera sa pagkilatis ng isang manlalaro.

Sam Miguel
07-26-2006, 04:35 PM
Jerome Paterno is without a doubt a basketball talent. He has good athleticism and instincts, seems to be very coachable and most of all comes from a reputable program. My main concern with him is that he might not have a PBA position. Leo Najorda at least has the size, skill and athletic ability to be a productive 4/3 off the bench for Red Bull. Paterno is one of those guys who might lose a numbers game in the pros. He's not quite as big as Najorda at the 4 spot, and not quite athletic enough to match up versus PBA 3's fulltime. I think Paterno will make a PBA lineup but he'll have to fight for that roster spot. I see him as ideally a 4/3 like Najorda, although I am concerned how he will fare as a PBA 4.

Paterno will have to expand his shooting range and learn to handle the ball better, dribble lower and move without the ball from the perimeter to the baseline to have a chance in the pros. He will also have to get stronger if he is to match up against the likes of Eric Menk, Nic Belasco, Mark Telan and Danny Ildefonso, the guys at his more natural 4 position. Either that or he will have to become a specialist on defense like Freddie Abuda and Art Dela Cruz in their day.

person
07-26-2006, 04:48 PM
are there any trades going down??when is the draft???

toti_mendiola
07-26-2006, 05:05 PM
arboleda is the perfect fit for air21, wala nang iba. itanong nyo pa sa asawa nya ;D


please lang, may back up PG na si arboleda...yung anak niya* ;D


Perks of having a wife who's dad owns the ball club?

toti_mendiola
07-26-2006, 05:21 PM
Jerome Paterno is without a doubt a basketball talent. He has good athleticism and instincts, seems to be very coachable and most of all comes from a reputable program. My main concern with him is that he might not have a PBA position. Leo Najorda at least has the size, skill and athletic ability to be a productive 4/3 off the bench for Red Bull. Paterno is one of those guys who might lose a numbers game in the pros. He's not quite as big as Najorda at the 4 spot, and not quite athletic enough to match up versus PBA 3's fulltime. I think Paterno will make a PBA lineup but he'll have to fight for that roster spot. I see him as ideally a 4/3 like Najorda, although I am concerned how he will fare as a PBA 4.

Paterno will have to expand his shooting range and learn to handle the ball better, dribble lower and move without the ball from the perimeter to the baseline to have a chance in the pros. He will also have to get stronger if he is to match up against the likes of Eric Menk, Nic Belasco, Mark Telan and Danny Ildefonso, the guys at his more natural 4 position. Either that or he will have to become a specialist on defense like Freddie Abuda and Art Dela Cruz in their day.


As i have earlier posted, his built will be taken into consideration by the ball clubs.
When he was still part of Gallent's rotation in harbour center, he was in fact utilize on the offensive as a perimeter shooter on top ok the key which was effective. He was in fact given a play during a previous (season before HC won the championship) an eliminations game to shoot a three for the win, which in fact he made.
He do dribble the ball high and he must improve on that, but from last year during his RL season he was used by coach nash and coach koy to break the full court press. he is most effective in the offense if his defensive man is as tall or is taller than him.
I assume that he is shifting from a 3 spot rather than to a 4 and he would do more effectively with this spot.
Just a little conditioning and a little beefing up will earn him considerations come draft time.

joelex
07-26-2006, 08:16 PM
no way can paterno play the 4 in the PBA, not even part time. but he can mold himself into a 2/3, such as the adjustment made by players like pingris, and can be a defensive player tasked to guard the opponets best perimeter guy. height is might and along with his versatility, gives him an edge among all the other applicants.

the scavenger's arwind santos. :)

joelex
07-26-2006, 09:02 PM
just to comment on the comong pba draft, i really think yeo's performance in the recent jones cup has raised his stock as d-day approaches. i am really amazed at this guys toughness and determination. ibang klase and tapang at kitang kita buobg buo ang loob pag sumaksak. sa tingin ko, kung may points per minute, lamang na lamang siya. he alwasys seized the opportunity whenever he was given playing time, and if remember correctly, he even lead the team in scoring one game.

this is what seperates those who succeed and those who do not. to be honest, i never liked this guy during his uaap days. mayabang talaga saka barumbado. pero on the court, wala naman ako masabi. yeo's heart can be compared to iverson in the nba. all of thses guys have talent, no question, but some guys just have more confidence and heart. i believe he will immediately make an impact this season and could be the 2nd coming of mr. excitement bong alvarez.

oca
07-27-2006, 08:40 AM
no way can paterno play the 4 in the PBA, not even part time. but he can mold himself into a 2/3, such as the adjustment made by players like pingris, and can be a defensive player tasked to guard the opponets best perimeter guy. height is might and along with his versatility, gives him an edge among all the other applicants.

the scavenger's arwind santos.* :)


He is and will not be anybody else, but Jerome Paterno.

Though at present I am not very familiar with the roster of players of the PBA teams, hence I have no idea kung ano yung mga kailangan nilang punuan. But I cannot imagine him not being drafted at all. I wouldn't consider it a surprise if he gets picked late in the first round.

Anyone who saw Paterno play, not just in one game or conference, but over the past 3 or 4 years, will agree this kid has great basketball sense.

His biggest short coming is his not being assertive on court. "Tahimik maglaro", kaya di gaano napapansin. Pero totoong magaling.

IMO, he can easily shift to a 2 or 3 because he has very good dribbling skills, and he is quick and agile for his size. Hindi pa error prone.

The type of a player you can have on the floor in an end game situation.

gameface_one
07-27-2006, 09:41 AM
Draft sleeper under microscope
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 07/27/2006

In sports lingo, a sleeper is a potential star, untested and a darkhorse in the race for recognition.

Chris Pacana, 24, fits the description like a glove. He’s one of 56 applicants for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) draft at Market! Market! in The Fort on Aug. 20 and his agent Chris Tan swears the six-foot, 195-pound guard is for real.

Tan used to play in the PBA so he should know what he’s talking about. He’s also coach Norman Black’s stepson.

Last season, Tan got involved in the business of recruiting imports for PBA teams and brought in Omar Thomas, Omar Weaver, Damien Owens and Kwan Johnson. Now, he’s into representing local cagers as a full-fledged agent.

Yesterday, Pacana showed up for the two-hour morning open tryouts conducted by San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra at the Green Meadows gym. He was among 30 players sized up by coaches Joseph Uichico, Siot Tanquingcen, Juno Sauler, Boybits Victoria and Kirk Collier.

Some of the rookie hopefuls were Christian Luanzon, R. J. Rizada and Don Dulay. Veterans Chris Calaguio, Kiko Adriano and Migs Noble also joined the 3-on-3 drills and 5-on-5 scrimmages.

"I think Chris did okay," said Tan who watched from the sidelines. "It’s really difficult to evaluate your skills in an open run because you don’t get a chance to show everything you can do. But I spoke with Kirk who mentioned Chris is fundamentally sound. Chris needs to work on his jumper but overall, he’s ready to play in the PBA."

Tan said the Ginebra coaches were particularly interested in checking out Pacana and Dulay. A Fil-Am guard, Dulay has played in the Philippine Basketball League and National Basketball Conference and is also ripe for the pros.

Tan likened Pacana’s style to Jay-Jay Helterbrand’s. "Chris plays one or two," said Tan. "He makes good decisions on the court, handles the ball well and is solid from medium range. One of the things he’s working on is his shooting from the PBA three-point line."

Pacana was born in the US to full-blooded Filipino parents from Manila. His father Ernani is from San Miguel and mother Elizabeth Mendoza from Sampaloc. An only child, he came to Manila three years ago to look for basketball opportunities after playing at Concordia College in the US Golden State Athletic Conference. Pacana’s father is unemployed and suffering from scoliosis. His mother works for a Honda dealership in West Covina and is the family breadwinner.

"Chris came here to get a job doing what he does best, playing basketball, so he can help out his father who’s in line to receive a pension but hasn’t gotten it yet," said Tan.

Pacana got a Filipino passport in 2003 and qualifies as a local player in the PBA.

In 2004, he went back to the US and played for Purefoods in the Fil-Am summer Dream League in Las Vegas. He compiled 34 points, nine rebounds and three assists for Purefoods in the Class AAA title game but the Bay Area Heads won, 63-57.

Back in Manila, Pacana was spotted playing in pick-up games by St. Francis of Assisi varsity coach Gabby Velasco who recruited him for the Doves. Pacana made it to the league mythical first team in his only year with the Doves last season.

"Coach Gabby would fetch Chris in his uncle’s house in Blue Ridge every morning to bring him to school," said Tan. "Then, Chris would commute going home. He lived on a P40 daily allowance and an athletic scholarship at St. Francis."

Pacana’s uncle, in whose house he stays, is a session guitarist who has worked occasionally in Regine Velasquez’ back-up band.

Tan said he guarantees that Pacana will work his butt off game in, game out because what motivates him to succeed in the pros is a promise to his parents. It’s a promise to give them a better life.

gameface_one
07-27-2006, 09:42 AM
Pro-bound Santos eager to prove worth in PBA
mb.com.ph




ARWIND SANTOS, the consensus top pick in the coming PBA Draft, has contemplated on joining last year’s rookie class.


"Gusto ko na sana last year kaso natalo kami sa championship against La Salle nung 2004," Santos said in interview yesterday.

He’s talking of Far Eastern University’s loss to De La Salle in the finals of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines two years ago.

"Mas masarap syempre ‘yung umalis ka na champion," said Santos.

The 6-foot-4 Santos, 25, accomplished his mission the following year as the Tamaraws exacted revenge on the Green Archers.

Santos also anchored Magnolia to two titles in the Philippine Basketball League, winning the MVP award once. His versatility, athleticism and appetite for winning set him apart from the other draft hopefuls.

Santos, who learned to play basketball at the age of 13, is a gifted ball handler with a soft touch from the perimeter and a nose for the ball.

His long wingspan and amazing vertical leap helped make him one of the top shotblockers and rebounders in the UAAP and the PBL.He must have developed his timing on blocking shots by playing volleyball during his younger years.

By the way, his mother, Araceli Anaya-Santos, is a former national volleyball player.

Taking into account his track record and enormous potential, many believe he would have been the top pick in either of the last two rookie drafts in the play-for-pay league.

That includes the batch of reigning PBA Most Valuable Player James Yap of Purefoods Chunkee.But Santos doesn’t have any regret.

"Hindi naman sa lahat ng pagkakataon pera ang mahalaga eh," he said. "Sa FEU nagsimulang umangat ang career ko kaya gusto kong suklian ng championships ‘yung binigay nilang break sa akin."

Note that what he wants to give in return is plural. He did just that, leading the Tamaraws to two titles and three finals appearances in the UAAP. He started in 2002, winning the Rookie of the Year award while helping the Tamaraws reach the Final Four.They went all the way on his sophomore season, claiming the championship at the expense of the Ateneo Blue Eagles. He was part of the Mythical Five and was the league’s Best Defensive Player that year. The skinny forward won the MVP award the next two seasons, capping a fruitful collegiate career with his second UAAP title.

Nothing’s going to hold him back now.

"Wala na akong ipag-dadalawang isip pa. Excited na nga akong marinig ang pangalan ko sa draft eh."

Santos felt humbled by reports that the Sta. Lucia Realtors are keen on making him this year’s No. 1 overall pick.

"Malaking karangalan ‘yun para sa akin. Ibig sabihin hindi nasayang ang mga paghihirap ko sa amateur."

Can he live up to his billing?

"Tatrabahuhin ko ‘yan," was his response.

Ghostrider
07-27-2006, 10:56 AM
he will immediately make an impact this season and could be the 2nd coming of mr. excitement bong alvarez.


I just hope Yeo will emulate Mr. Excitement's prowess on court and not his off-court antics lest he:

1. Get shot in the butt in a massage parlor;
2. whip out his "talong" in the popular bar (faces ata); and
3. have an adultery case filed against him for allegedly doing the wife of Alfred Lopez in their conjugal home in Magallanes village.

Pwede na din yung going 7 rounds with Vivian Velez the night before his 71 point outburst. ;D

Bennie Bangag
07-27-2006, 02:09 PM
There's a world of difference between being dubbed "Mr. Excitement" and "Mr. Excited" ;D

bluebruiser90
07-27-2006, 02:47 PM
There's a world of difference between being dubbed "Mr. Excitement" and "Mr. Excited"* ;D


Di ba meron ng Mr. Excited sa PBA dati? Clue: Atenista siya.

Bennie Bangag
07-27-2006, 02:55 PM
... and he played for Ginebra together with two other Ateneans, one of which is the coach's son.

bluebruiser90
07-27-2006, 03:11 PM
Mukhang nadale mo na...

joelex
07-27-2006, 09:11 PM
who is this?? vince hizon? gayoso? hahaha

bluebruiser90
07-28-2006, 08:39 AM
Yung mahilig mag dribble sa paa pag nag cross over. Masyado kasing pinilit ni Jawo yung big point guard experiment niya. Sayang tuloy. Mas effective na 2 or 3 pa naman sana sa pros. Dami din palang Atenista dyan sa Gunebra dati. Si Chuatico pa.

gameface_one
07-28-2006, 09:15 AM
Yeo looms as one of top picks in PBA Draft



By REY LACHICA
mb.com.ph



JOSEPH YEO, former Harbour Centre top gunner, is one misconstrued soul. His competitive fire is oftentimes mistaken for roughness. And his volatile temper is taken as arrogance.


Even his toughness on the court was questioned several times, with not a few condemnations raised over his spur-of-the-moment "excesses."

Remember the Ateneo-La Salle exhibition match last year?

Yeo sparked a near benchclearing melee when he bloodied Ateneo’s Enrico Villanueva in the mouth at the height of their heated battle.

That action almost ruined his cherished dream of playing in the PBA as officials of the league, including PBA commissioner Noli Eala, mulled deferment of his impending drafting.

But that’s history and he has apologized to Villanueva in person.

Despite his temper, Yeo, known as "Ninja" in the UAAP and PBL, still looms as one of the top picks when the PBA holds its Annual Rookie Draft on Aug. 20 at Market! Market!

A close confidante of Yeo revealed several teams have already sent feelers for his services.

Even newcomer Welcoat Paints has also shown interest in acquiring Yeo since the team badly needs a player of his caliber – exciting and explosive.

This early, he already has huge following.

The subject of all the unwarranted speculation remains as cool as a cat though.

Asked about his temper, Yeo, who was discovored during the PBL junior tournament while playing for Hapee, said he won’t allow himself to be provoked.

"I’ve been counseled and warned by my friends to check my temper when I start playing in the PBA. Naka-set na ang mind ko dyan, I have to be patient this time," said Yeo.

"Siyempre, I regret some of the things I did. Minsan lang kasi nadadala ako sa emotion ko kaya nakakagawa ako ng hindi tama," said Yeo.

Welcoat owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que sing praises for Yeo.

"Ang maganda kay Joseph ay matapang at buo ang loob. He’s one of the best guards around," the Paint Masters duo said. "We’re really interested in getting him into the team. He’s a big asset considering his talent."

That is if Yeo is still available by the time they pick at 10th in the first round, an unlikely possibility of course. They also owned the 11th pick overall.

"If we can’t get him in the drafting, then we’ll try some other means," said Yu, who also expressed his desire to enlist LA Tenorio, an Atenean and Yeo’s backcourt partner at Harbour.

"It’s our wish to get the two of them, if we have them in the line-up, I’m sure we’ll become a competitive team right away," added Que.

This early, Yeo is being trumpeted as heir apparent of Samboy Lim for they both love to dazzle the crowd with their aerial acrobatics.

Being mentioned in the same breath with the Skywalker, one of his idols, is a major achievement, said Yeo.

"Nakakataba ng puso yan, I’ll do my best and perhaps follow the footsteps of Samboy. He’s a true gentleman on the court," said Yeo who like former UAAP and PBL MVP Arwind Santos are expected to provide more vigor to the pulsating pro league.

In the deciding Game 5 of the PBL Unity series against Toyota Otis, he knocked in four triples in the fourth quarter to key the team’s runaway win.

In his last stint in the PBL, Yeo normed a league best 15.76 points, 4.83 rebounds and 3.62 assists per game.

Though he prefers to play alongside former La Salle teammate Mark Cardona at Talk ‘N Text, Yeo doesn’t mind playing in other teams as long as he gets ample playing time to showcase his stuff and prove that he’s the rightful successor to Lim’s throne.

Meantime, Welcoat is going to elevate 6-foot-7 JR Reyes, Jun Jun Cabatu and former NCAA MVP Jay Sagad. Both Sagad and Cabatu stand 6-foot-5, ensuring Welcoat a tall line-up.

Aside from the three, Welcoat is eyeing prolific guard Jojo Tangkay and Eddie Laure.

Dave the Barbarian
07-28-2006, 11:06 PM
Gentlemen,

I read the comment of WANG BU about Joseph Yeo joining the draft. If i remember correctly, after waht he did to Enrico Villanueva in the Dec 8, 2005 event, a PBA resolution was made that he cannot be drafted in the first round. I also know that several coaches will not consider him due to his unsportsmanlike or uncivilized conduct.

For sure Arwind. Ronjay and L.A. will be picked in the first round. Mark Isip - will most probably be picked late first to early second round.

Dave the Barbarian

joelex
07-29-2006, 03:24 AM
if a draft applicant doesnt get picked during the draft, does he automatically become a free agent? ???

Kid Cubao
07-29-2006, 07:32 AM
yes, and at times it works to the advantage of the unpicked draft aspirant. ganito kasi yan: supposing you get selected by a team but you do not get signed to a contract, the said team holds your draft rights and has the final say on your fate. by the time they eventually let you go, it'll be too late for you to make the rounds of open tryouts in other teams. on the other hand, if you don't get picked at all, pwede kang mag-attend ng mga tryouts ng ibang team. halimbawa, kung di ka makuha sa san miguel, pwede ka pang magtryout sa santa lucia, purefoods, atbp. sa konting tyaga at tiis, may nakakapirma ng kontrata bago magsimula ang PBA season. siot tangquincen comes to mind. he was undrafted coming out of UST, but eventually made the roster of san miguel as backup point guard, later became a coaching assistant, and now is the head coach of ginebra.

brian
07-29-2006, 02:50 PM
Gentlemen,

I read the comment of WANG BU about Joseph Yeo joining the draft. If i remember correctly, after waht he did to Enrico Villanueva in the Dec 8, 2005 event, a PBA resolution was made that he cannot be drafted in the first round. I also know that several coaches will not consider him due to his unsportsmanlike or uncivilized conduct.

For sure Arwind. Ronjay and L.A. will be picked in the first round. Mark Isip - will most probably be picked late first to early second round.

Dave the Barbarian


baka nag-iba na ang pananaw nila....because if otherwise, he wouldn't have been picked to play for the national team in the recent jones cup considering it is coach chot reyes who picked him, same coach of ateneo during the unfortunate incident..

Bennie Bangag
07-31-2006, 12:49 PM
I think Joseph Yeo is too talented a player to overlook come draft day. Yun lang, there's a standing threat of suspension hanging on his head after the November incident. Let's see.

Wang-Bu
08-01-2006, 08:29 PM
Maraming PBA team ang hindi makakatanggi sa isang Joseph Yeo. Sa ayaw natin at sa gusto malakas ang hatak niya sa fans. Kahit gaano pa ka-bad boy ang dating niya, dumog pa din siya ng fans. Siempre hindi naman puro pagpapa-cute si Yeo, muli sa ayaw natin at sa gusto hindi maitatatwang may kakaibang galing sa laro si Yeo. Matagal ang kanyang bitin sa ere, kaya mahirap siyang sabayan kahit ng malalaki. Malakas ang pangangatawan niya at magaling mag-control, kaya hindi siya pwedeng daanin sa simpleng pisikalan. Marunong magdala ng bola, marunong pumwesto, may pukol sa labas at magaling sumalaksak. Sa madaling sabi magaling na manlalaro na maraming fans. Para sa isang PBA team masasabing perfect package si Joseph Yeo.

Raging Blue
08-01-2006, 11:20 PM
Wang-Bu, ikaw ba manager ni Yeo?

gameface_one
08-02-2006, 08:01 AM
Williams cleared, but not 2 other Fil-Ams


By Francis Ochoa
Inquirer
Last updated 02:52am (Mla time) 08/02/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 2, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

KELLY Williams, one of the top amateurs seeking a stint in the Philippine Basketball Association, has been cleared to join the rookie draft, but two other highly touted Filipino-Americans may have to wait next year for their turn.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala sounded optimistic that Williams would be eligible for the draft after his office received word from the justice department that the Magnolia standout’s documents have already been approved.

“We’ve heard from Williams’ handlers that his papers are OK,” said Eala.

But PBL Unity Cup Most Valuable Player Joe da Vance and Rob Reyes, two blue-chip players who could easily land among the top five rookie picks, are in danger of missing the draft after both failed to comply with the league’s requirements.

“I don’t think they (Da Vance and Reyes) are going to make it,” said Eala.

Their absence is going to seriously alter the depth of the pool, especially for the teams in the lower part of the draft, according to coach Tim Cone, whose Alaska squad will be picking seventh.

It could also force teams with options to deal away their first-round selections so they could take a second look at the draft tentatively set on Aug. 20.

“All of a sudden, the draft is leaner and the players we would have wanted at No. 9 might go earlier,” said Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio, who has the option to assign his No. 9 pick to Red Bull by virtue of an earlier trade.

Cone said that several coaches have been waiting for word on the three Fil-Ams’ eligibility. The absence of Da Vance and Reyes could affect the teams in the lower section of the draft two ways, he added.

“First, it denies the teams up there [in the draft] the chance to get quality talent like Da Vance and Rob Reyes and gives teams in the lower part of the draft the chance to grab them maybe next year,” said Cone.

“But on the other hand, the draft pool has suddenly become thin and leaves very little options for the teams in the lower part of the pool,” said Cone.

Sta. Lucia Realty picks first in the draft and the Realtors look headed toward tabbing Arwind Santos in keeping with the franchise’s honored tradition of selecting only pure Filipino talents.

gameface_one
08-02-2006, 08:02 AM
Controversy looms ahead of draft day



By TITO TALAO
mb.com.ph



THE HOWL of the wild is set to get stronger as "D" Day in the Philippine Basketball Association approaches and San Miguel Beer and Air21 complete a trade coup in the draft.


With four ball clubs, led by Sta. Lucia Realty, raising a furor over a seven-player deal reached by the Beermen, Express and Coca-Cola Tigers a couple of days ago, the Aug. 20 rookie draft could be the focal point of another dispute.

A source said San Miguel and Air21 have agreed in principle to a mutually beneficial exchange that would give the Beermen three of the first four picks in the draft.

With the Realtors holding the first pick and debating whom to grab — Far Eastern’s Arwind Santos, Fil-Am Kelly Williams or Ateneo’s L.A. Tenorio — the Express have the second and fourth picks while the Beermen have the third.

The source said Air21 will draft whoever San Miguel wants in return for future picks and possibly cash, though the amount couldn’t be independently verified.

San Miguel and Air21 officials wouldn’t confirm or deny the said trade, but the source, who is close to one of the ball clubs, guarantees the deal is good as closed.

If the Realtors pick Santos, a long-limbed forward who can play four positions except center, the Beermen could wind up with Williams, Tenorio and possibly De La Salle’s Joseph Yeo or one of two other Fil-Am candidates Joe DeVance and Rob Reyes.

Williams, who gave a glimpse of his potential in coach Chot Reyes’ RP training team, has reportedly been given the green light by the PBA Commissioner’s Office to join the draft.

DeVance and Reyes were given until the 20th to complete the league’s eligibility requirements, although both will be allowed to suit up for the rookie camp this weekend.

paralusi
08-02-2006, 09:11 AM
now that chot will be calling the shots for the beermen (http://newsinfo.inq7.net/inquirerheadlines/sports/view_article.php?article_id=12963), LA's chances of becoming a beerman just got a few notches better.

;)

easter
08-02-2006, 09:36 AM
now that chot will be calling the shots for the beermen (http://newsinfo.inq7.net/inquirerheadlines/sports/view_article.php?article_id=12963), LA's chances of becoming a beerman just got a few notches better.

;)


Hindi lang yan.

"A source said San Miguel and Air21 have agreed in principle to a mutually beneficial exchange that would give the Beermen three of the first four picks in the draft."

"The source said Air21 will draft whoever San Miguel wants in return for future picks and possibly cash, though the amount couldn’t be independently verified."

http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT2006080270706.html

joelex
08-02-2006, 10:19 AM
now that chot will be calling the shots for the beermen (http://newsinfo.inq7.net/inquirerheadlines/sports/view_article.php?article_id=12963), LA's chances of becoming a beerman just got a few notches better.

;)


Hindi lang yan.

"A source said San Miguel and Air21 have agreed in principle to a mutually beneficial exchange that would give the Beermen three of the first four picks in the draft."

"The source said Air21 will draft whoever San Miguel wants in return for future picks and possibly cash, though the amount couldn’t be independently verified."

http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT2006080270706.html


ayan nanaman ang air21...so ginebra and san miguel seems to have bolstered their lineup. smb especially, 3 out of the first 5 picks. kawawa naman ang welcoat. ;D

paralusi
08-02-2006, 01:53 PM
"tenorio to gonzales to yeo."

;D

Posterized
08-02-2006, 02:22 PM
^ more of:

Tenorio to Gonzales.

Tenorio to Gonzales.

Tenorio to.. Oops Yeo steals the pass intended for his teammate Gonzales.

;D

time1513
08-02-2006, 03:18 PM
thats crazy.. i heard from a friend that smb and air21 had a trade... and now seeing is believing.. thats crazy!! smb with the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th ba? or 4th? grabe naman... mdyo nagiging kalokohan na toh ah.. so now ginebra and smb will not only have powerhouse teams but its like an all star team.. kawawa naman ang mga ibang teams.... too much politics in a supposedly fun sport. sad sad

kryptonite
08-03-2006, 02:48 AM
Mga tsong kahit nangyari pa yung trade sa GSM, e, may salary cap na tinatawag. So kung hindi mag-fit sa salary cap yung mga players, e, di bale wala rin. Papakawalan rin nila yun. A star-studded line-up does not guarantee winning a championship. Look at the line-up of the Portland Trailblazers during the time of Pippen, Wallace, Schrempf, Steve Smith, Bonzi Wells, Jermaine O'Neal, Damon Stoudamire, Sabonis, and Brian Grant, star-studded pero di rin nag-champion.

With regards to the Draft, wala naman magagawa ang ibang teams kasi prerogative naman ng mga involved teams yun e. Nangyayari rin sa NBA yun. Look at this year's NBA draft, Chicago Bulls landed the players they want thru maneuverings in the draft.

kryptonite
08-03-2006, 03:08 AM
Singit ko lang si jerome Paterno. the only downside will be his built nonetheless his attitude and basketball sense and skills would negate the lack of physicality.


agree with you...with the demand for the tall and athletic 3 postiion, the new tweener spot popularized by the likes of pingris and canaleta, he could be a mid-late 2nd rounder.


i see you. jerome paterno can ba a sleeper in the draft but i see jerome as a poor mans Najorda caught between playing the 3 and the 4 which as you all can see had a hard time adjusting to Red Bull. but i see you the last part of the draft is a little bit tricky. thanks for your comment. :)


Nagtataka lang ako bakit parang pinipilit ibenta si Paterno...I think kung makalaro man sya sa PBA, e, role player lang sya. He stands somewhere between 6-2 1/2 to 6-3 1/2, medyo maliit ang katawan. He plays like a big man but has a small man's physique. He has to develop a consistent long range jumper, better defensive skills, bigger physique and a little bit of luck to get picked in this years PBA draft.

It doesn't necessarily mean that if you're a star in the collegiate ranks e PBA material ka na. (hint: Eric Altamirano)

Kid Cubao
08-03-2006, 05:55 AM
it doesn't also necessarily mean that if you were a no-name in college you had no chance to make it in the PBA (hint: olsen racela).

magkaka-alaman yan sa rookie camp ng PBA. that's the chance for outside hopefuls to strut their wares before scouts and coaches. never mind the sure first rounders, kahit di sila pumunta ay siguradong makakakuha pa rin ang mga yan ng guaranteed rookie contracts.

person
08-03-2006, 10:54 PM
im not sure about the rookie camp of before but paterno will have to really impress guys cause he's gonna go up against the likes of santos,tenorio,yeo,williams,espinas and the list goes on...i dont seem to see anything special about his game..i preferred aljamal over him when he was at beda..and what is the chance nicole uy will impress the teams??i havent heard from him in a while...can you gus update me on uy...thanks

AnthonyServinio
08-04-2006, 02:32 AM
THE applicants have been divided into five teams for their Rookie Camp:

WHITE TEAM
ALCARAZ John Paul
ALDAVE Jonathan
GAVINO Michael Oliver
OMIPING Ollan Olivar
SANTOS Arwind
STA. MARIA Erwin Rommel
TENORIO Lewis Alfred
UY Nicole
YEO Joseph Henry

RED TEAM
BUGHAO Ronnie
CRISTOBAL Ryan
DAA Ferdinand Dennis
MAGSUMBOL Mark
MALLARI Rodel
REGUERA Paul Gerard
RIZADA Ryan Joseph
RODRIGUEZ Frederick
WILLIAMS Kelly

YELLOW TEAM
ALONZO Richard
DE CASTRO Ariel
IBANES Jireh
ISIP Mark Gracer
KALAW Marlon
LANETE Chico
MEMBRERE Benedicto
PERSEVERANDA Glenn
SANTOS Abraham
VIDAD Orvie

BLUE TEAM
ABAN Aaron Abril
BAUTISTA Boyet
CACERES Manuel
DAJA Arian
DULAY Donald
ESPINAS Gabriel
GUTIEREZ Christian
ILANGA Bob Cozy
PACANA Ernani Christopher

GREEN TEAM
ANDAYA Mark
APAITAN Christopher
BUTEL Philip
ENRILE Ronjay
GRIJALDO Alfie
LUANZON Christian
PATERNO Jerome
ROQUE Jayson
SANZ Robert
STA. CRUZ Harold
VERGARA Al

easter
08-04-2006, 07:10 AM
Sir AnthonyServinio, paano po ba yung camp maglalalban laban tung bawat teams or yung members ng teams ang maglalaban among themselves? Para ba siyang summer league ng NBA na napapanood natin sa Solar Sports ngayon?

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razor
08-04-2006, 07:30 AM
^^ who will run the camp. Coach Black once again?

gameface_one
08-04-2006, 08:17 AM
Arwind doesn’t care for ranking

The Philippine Star 08/04/2006

Whatever happens in the coming draft, whether or not he lands as the top pick, will not change the way Arwind Santos feels about his entry into the PBA.

Santos, the finest amateur player in the country today, said it doesn’t really matter if he is picked first, second or third in the annual draft scheduled Aug. 20.

"Of course, I’ll be more proud of myself if I end up as the top pick. But even if I don’t, what’s important is how I could be of help to the team that picks me," he said in a recent interview.

The 6-foot-4 forward, winner of two MVP titles in the UAAP and one in the PBL, will be an asset to any team in the PBA. He carries a lot of promise with his deadly all-around game.

Santos, who is currently in Qatar with Team Philippines, would have been a shoo-in as this year’s top pick. But things may change with the possible entry of Fil-Americans Kelly Williams, Joe Devance and Rob Reyes in the draft.

Again, the 24-year-old stalwart from FEU said he doesn’t mind.

"Not because you’re the top pick means you have to be content with yourself. Like the others you have to work harder. I want to be of help to the team. And I want to be needed by that team," he said in Filipino.

Sta. Lucia, San Miguel and Air21, the teams picking first in the draft, have all shown interest in Santos.

"Sta. Lucia? It’s fine with me. This team has a good PBA showing and if they pick me, I’m sure it’s because they believe that I can help them in the PBA," he said.

Santos said he grew up idolizing Kenneth Duremdes, a former MVP now playing for Sta. Lucia. He said it’ll be something if he ends up playing alongside the streak-shooting forward.

"Yes, he’s my idol. But if I end up with Sta. Lucia, I won’t get to wear my favorite number which is 19. Duremdes wears that number, too. But I’ll be happy to be his teammate," he said.

Santos said he’d have no problem either playing for San Miguel.

"It’s really difficult if I were to choose. But San Miguel has somehow been part of my amateur career so I’d be happy playing for them, too. It goes for any other team where I think I can find a role," he added. — Abac Cordero

Kid Cubao
08-04-2006, 08:27 AM
Sir AnthonyServinio, paano po ba yung camp maglalalban laban tung bawat teams or yung members ng teams ang maglalaban among themselves? Para ba siyang summer league ng NBA na napapanood natin sa Solar Sports ngayon?

the rookie camp is divided into modules. the first module is reserved for a series of basketball drills in which draft aspirants are tested for basic offensive and defensive skills. the drills progressively become more elaborate and complicated, and here you will see those who have the fundamentals and the aptitude for high level coaching.

the second module is designed to measure one's natural athletic ability. here they are measured for vertical leaping ability and timed for their 30 meter sprints and other related speed tests with and without the ball. they're also timed for their lateral quickness. by this stage, the candidates are working up a mighty good sweat. dito na nagpapakitang gilas yung mga unknowns na may mga natural speed, quickness and explosiveness. *

the third module is for intercolor scrimmages. of course, we all know what goes on here :)

gameface_one
08-04-2006, 08:32 AM
PBA aspirants to undergo skills, endurance tests
mb.com.ph





JUST HOW ready the 53 rookie hopefuls are for the physical and mental pressure of playing professional basketball will be put to test tomorrow when they undergo skills and endurance tests at the Moro Lorenzo gym.


Multi-titled coach Norman Black will supervise and conduct the half-day activity from 1-6 p.m.

The proceedings are aimed at gauging the athleticism of all rookie applicants, whose skills, agility, quickness, shooting, jumping ability and vertical leap will be put to test through the simple drills prepared by Black.

Basic individual components such as height, weight, wingspan and reach will also be measured.

"It’s actually an informal activity to showcase the individual capacity of every rookie applicants. Yung how they adopt under team plays, sa Rookie Camp na natin makikita ‘yun. Right now, more concentrated ito sa individual abilitites nila," said Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) technical supervisor Perry Martinez Martinez.

The Rookie Camp has now been expanded, making it a week-long event where the 53 applicants have been divided to five teams of 11 and 10 players each.

Now on its fourth year, the camp is set Aug. 7-11 at the PhilSports Arena.

Two games will be held every day beginning at 3 p.m. The camp is free to the public.

Arwind Santos, Lewis Alfred Tenorio and Joseph Yeo have been grouped together to lead the White team while highly-touted Fil-Am Kelly Williams is at the forefront of the Red team.

Prospective first round pick Mark Isip banners the Yellow team, NCAA Rookie/MVP Gabriel Espinas heads the Blue team while Ronjay Enrile shows the way for the Green team.

Santos, Tenorio and Yeo are currently in Qatar as part of the RP team seeing action in the Al-Emadi International Basketball Tournament. They will not be able to participate in the skills and endurance tests and are likely to miss the first day of the Rookie Camp, according to PBA commissioner Noli Eala.

"But they will have to undergo the Rookie Camp. One day lang naman sila mawawala since the RP team will be back by Monday," said Eala when he appeared in the recent session of the PSA Forum.

With Santos, Tenorio and Yeo in the White team are Michael Gavino, Nicole Uy, Jonathan Aldave, Olan Omiping, Erwin Sta. Maria and John Alcaraz.

Aside from Williams, others on the Red team are Rodel Mallari, Ferdinand Daa, Mark Magsumbol, Paul Reguera, Ronnie Bughao, Ryan Rizada, Frederick Rodriguez and Ryan Cristobal.

The Yellow team meanwhile, will be composed of Ariel de Castro, Abby Santos, Richard Alonso, Jireh Ibanes, Magnum Membrere, Marlon Kalaw, Chico Lanete, Orvie Vidad, Glenn Perseveranda.

Mark Andaya, Alfie Grijaldo, Christian Luanzon, Harold Sta. Cruz, Jerome Paterno, Robert Sanz, Christopher Apaitan, Al Vergara and Jayson Roque composed the Green Team while Philip Butel, Aaron Aban, Erian Daa, Chris Pacana, Manuel Caceres, Boyet Bautista, Donald Dulay, Christian Gutierez and Bob Cozy Ilanga make up the rest of the Blue team.

The 2006 PBA Rookie Draft is set on Aug. 20 at the Market! Market! in Taguig.

gameface_one
08-05-2006, 11:27 AM
2 Fil-Ams given chance to make it to Rookie Draft


BY JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
abs-cbnnews.com



On the shelf, but not totally out. Filipino-American pro hopefuls Robert Reyes and Joe Devance can still make it to the Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft set on August 20 at the Market! Market! Mall in Taguig City.

But they have to produce their requirements a week before the draft or else wait for another year to fulfill their PBA dream.

PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said Reyes and Devance are still invited to join the Rookie Camp that starts Saturday at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center.

Marcial said Friday the league allowed the two Filipino Americans to participate in the five-day training camp to become eligible for the coming draft. But they need to submit their certificates of Filipino citizenship from the Department of Justice a week before the August 20 activity.

Trade gets OK

Meanwhile, a source told Sports Times that PBA commissioner Noli Eala has approved the controversial trade among Barangay Ginebra, Coca-Cola and Air21.

The source, who requested anonymity, added that the board of governors was also satisfied by the league office’s explanations on the 11-player trade that drew howls from different PBA personalities.

The trade saw Rafi Reavis and Billy Mamaril joining the already potent frontline of the Kings, while the Tigers received Ginebra’s two second round picks for the coming draft and a future first-round selection plus role players Manny Ramos and Kalani Ferreria.

The Express, who served as the conduit to the trade between the San Miguel Corp. teams to satisfy league rules, got Ervin Sotto and Aries Dimaunahan from Ginebra and sent Ryan Bernardo to Coke.

Marcial said that if Reyes and Devance manage to secure the certificates, their case will still be appealed to the PBA board if they can join the draft.

"But they have to submit it on a reasonable time for the coaches to study the draft list," Marcial said.

Attending the Rookie Camp is one of the major requirements imposed by the league for the aspirants to be eligible on Draft Day.

Among the three blue-chip Filipino Americans who are applying for the PBA draft, only Kelly Williams was cleared by the Department of Justice.

Reyes, a nephew of former PBA player Eric Reyes, is actually a Philippine passport holder. He’s just waiting for his papers to be released by the Bureau of Immigration.

gameface_one
08-05-2006, 11:33 AM
Fil-Ams still have shot at annual draft


By June Navarro
Inquirer
Last updated 02:01am (Mla time) 08/05/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WITH ONLY 10 days left before the deadline, the clock is fast ticking for Rob Reyes to complete his citizenship papers.

One of three foreign players with Filipino roots projected to make waves in the Philippine Basketball Association, Reyes has to beat the Aug. 14 time limit to secure the necessary documents that will prove his Filipino roots.

Failure to do so would mean shelving his PBA aspirations for another year and skipping the annual rookie draft on Aug. 20 at the Market! Market! Shopping center in Taguig.

Of the three, only Kelly Williams, a 6-foot-5 slasher with a decent touch from the outside, satisfied the requirements of the league on Fil-for applicants.

Joe De Vance, a hulking 6-foot-6 inside operator, has yet to present his citizenship documents and was also given a week before the draft to complete the prerequisites.

Last week, PBA commissioner Noli Eala wasn’t optimistic that Reyes and Da Vance would meet the deadline for the draft.

According to Charlie Dy, Reyes’ agent, they are hoping that the clearance from the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation and the recognition from the justice department would come out sooner than expected.

“Rob has a Filipino passport and I guess having a Philippine passport is enough proof that you are a citizen of this country,” said Dy.

With Williams already qualified for the freshman lottery, a shakeup on how the teams would use their picks is expected.

Sta. Lucia Realty, owner of this year’s top overall pick, seems decided on getting Arwind Santos of Far Eastern University.

Air21, which will select second and fourth overall, and San Miguel Beer (third and fifth) are now thinking long and hard on whom to exercise their draft rights.

Ateneo de Manila University’s Lewis Alfred Tenorio, Joseph Yeo of De La Salle University, Philippine Christian University’s Gabby Espinas and Mark Isip of FEU are almost sure to be selected ahead of the rest sans Reyes and De Vance.

“It’s a terrific pool talent,” said Eala.

“Out of the 51 hopefuls, at least 11 will make an impact. And when I say impact, I mean some of them will become franchise players.”

Other aspirants who have the potential to make it big in the PBA are Chico Lanete, Magnum Membrere Ryan Rizada, Ronjay Enrile, Olan Omiping and Robert Sanz, Jonathan Aldave, Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban, Al Vergara, center Mark Andaya.

Three other promising rookies -- Jay Sagad, JunJun Cabatu and JR Reyes -- have automatically been elevated to the pro by Welcoat Paints as part of a concession given to the rookie team by the PBA Board of Governors.

The rest of the first round draft order are Sta. Lucia at no. 6, Alaska (7th and 8th), Purefoods (9th) and Welcoat (10th).

gameface_one
08-05-2006, 11:35 AM
PBA sets deadline for top Fil-Am picks
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 08/05/2006

The PBA has given Fil-Americans Rob Reyes and Joe Devance until Aug. 13 to comply with all the league requirements that would make them eligible for this year’s rookie draft.

Reyes, according to his agent Charlie Dy, already carries a Philippine passport, but is still being required to secure confirmation from the justice department.

The player agent said he is confident that Reyes, a former PBL player who was born and raised in Florida, would make it to the draft where he is expected to be among the early picks.

Reyes, nephew of former PBA player Eric Reyes, left for the US shortly after helping Harbour Centre win the PBL Unity Cup crown last month, and returned to Manila last week.

The 6-foot-6 product of Flagler College in Florida was hoping for a smooth entry into the PBA, only to find out that carrying a Philippine passport is not enough to get him in.

"That’s why he’s disappointed," said Dy. "In fact, he was already planning to go back to Florida this weekend. There are so many things in his mind right now. There’s a lot of pressure."

Reyes was prevailed upon giving up when the PBA allowed him more time to secure the needed documents. Now he even plans to join the PBA rookie camp scheduled Aug. 7 to 12.

Commissioner Noli Eala said the PBA has given the two Fil-Americans more time since the delay in the acquisition of the needed documents is no longer their fault.

Another Fil-Am player who applied for the coming draft but was already given the go-signal is Kelly Williams, a high-leaping 6-foot-5 from Michigan.

Devance, born in Hawaii, played for the University of Texas El Paso, a US Division I team. He made his presence felt with Toyota Otis in the recent PBL conference where he was named MVP.

The entry of Williams, plus the possible inclusion of Reyes and Devance in the coming draft, might disrupt the previous plans of the different teams as far as their choices are concerned.

gameface_one
08-05-2006, 11:36 AM
Star-studded rookie batch
mb.com.ph




THE 2006 PBA Rookie class could well be the most talent-laden in recent memory. The rookie batch is so full of potential that Commissioner Noli Eala predicted that from its rank will arise several future franchise players.



"It’s a terrific pool talent," said Eala.

"Out of the 51 hopefuls, at least 11 will make an impact. And when I say impact, I mean some of them will become franchise players."

Versatile big man Arwind Santos, a many-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) awardee in the Philippne Basketball League and the UAAP, head this year’s talented cast of rookies.

The others are Lewis Alfred Tenorio, Joseph Yeo, Chico Lanete, Magnum Membrere, Gabby Espinas, Mark Isip, Ryan Rizada, Ronjay Enrile, Olan Omiping, Robert Sanz, Jonathan Aldave, Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban, Al Vergara, Mark Andaya and Fil-Am Kelly Williams.

All will be trying to emulate Benjie Paras?

Paras set a standard of excellence that to this day has been unmatched when, in 1989, he was drafted top pick and won Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors.

Six other No. 1 picks, from Dondon Ampalayo in 1986 to Danny Ildefonso in 1998, went on to win the top rookie award.

Of the three foreign-bred players, only Williams have so far complied with the citizenship requirements needed by the league. The other Fil-foreign aspirants are Joe Devance and Robb Reyes.

Three other promising rookies – Jay Sagad, JunJun Cabatu and JR Reyes – have been elevated to the pro ranks by Welcoat Paints as part of a concession given to the rookie team by the PBA Board of Governors.

Perhaps not since the ‘Class of 89’ has there been an abundant talent available in the draft.

That bunch produced, besides Paras, the only second round pick to win an MVP in Renato Agustin. The others were Nelson Asaytono, Bong Alvarez, Eric Altamirano, Elmer Cabahug, Bobby Jose, RicRic Marata, Zaldy Realubit, Peter Aguilar and Tony dela Cerna.

This year’s Rookie Draft will be held on Aug. 20 at the Market! Market! in Taguig.

Sta. Lucia owns the No. 1 overall selection this season, and the Realtors have not concealed their choice of choosing Santos as the top rookie pick.

Air 21 owns two first round picks at Nos. 2 and 4, while San Miguel has Nos. 3 and 5.

The rest of the first round draft order are Sta. Lucia at no. 6, Alaska (7th and 8th), Purefoods (9th) and Welcoat (10th).

Meanwhile, Air21 board representative Lito Alvarez denied reports that his team will draft whoever San Miguel wants in return for future picks and/or certain amount.

"We’re going to pick the player that we want to be in the team at No. 2," he said. "But since we have enough players with existing contracts ‘yung No. 4 pick namin posibleng maging trade bait na lang."

gameface_one
08-07-2006, 07:54 AM
PBA wannabes in rookie camp today
mb.com.ph








Sta. Lucia’s Adonis Tierra, Nash Racela of Coca-Cola, Air21’s Ricky Dandan, Dickie Bachman of Alaska and Juno Sauler of Ginebra had been tapped to handle each of the five teams culled from among the 51 rookie hopefuls vying for this year’s Draft.

All five coaches will be calling the shots on different teams every game day to enable them – and other PBA teams and scouts – to evaluate the rookie applicants under varying team systems.

The rookie candidates were divided into Red, Yellow, White, Green and Blue teams.

Each team will have to play a total of four games for the duration of the week-long activity that ends on August 11.

Two games are to be played every game day beginning at 3 p.m. The camp is free to the public.

Potential No. 1 pick Arwind Santos, Lewis Alfred Tenorio and Joseph Yeo are together to spearhead the White team. NCAA stars Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban and Rookie/MVP Gabby Espinas are at the helm of the Blue squad while Mark Isip, Magnum Membrere and Chico Lanete star for the Yellow five.

Bannering Team Green are Ronjay Enrile, Robert Sanz and Mark Andaya while Fil-Am Kelly Williams and Ryan Rizada lead the Red team.

Red team, to be coached by Dandan, takes on Yellow, with Sauler at the helm, on opening day (Aug. 7) followed by the match between Green (Tierra) and Blue (Racela).

The rest of the schedule is as follows: (Aug 8) Yellow vs White and Red vs. Green; (Aug 9) White vs. Blue and Green vs. Yellow; (Aug 10) Red vs. White and Yellow vs. Blue; (Aug 11) Blue vs. Red and White vs. Green (Bachman).

This marks the first time the Rookie Camp, now on its fourth straight year, has been expanded to make it a weeklong affair.

"We want to give all rookie hopefuls the fair chance to showcase their talent and ability that’s why we deemed it best to conduct a longer and more significant camp this year," said PBA commissioner Noli Eala.

The busy sked for all rookie hopefuls – that began by having them undergo skills and endurance tests – will be capped by the Aug. 20 Draft at the Market Market in Taguig.

gameface_one
08-07-2006, 07:55 AM
PBA’s top assistant coaches to oversee 2006 rookie camp

The Philippine Star 08/07/2006

Five of the PBA’s top assistant coaches will personally oversee the league’s 2006 Rookie Camp that gets going today at the Philsports Arena.

Sta. Lucia’s Adonis Tierra, Nash Racela of Coca-Cola, Air21’s Ricky Dandan, Dickie Bachman of Alaska and Juno Sauler of Ginebra had been tapped to handle each of the five teams culled from among the 51 rookie hopefuls vying for this year’s Draft.

All five coaches will be calling the shots on different teams every game day to enable them — and other PBA teams and scouts — to evaluate the rookie applicants under varying team systems.

The rookie candidates were divided into Red, Yellow, White, Green and Blue teams.

Each team will have to play a total of four games for the duration of the weeklong activity that ends on Aug. 11.

Two games are to be played every game day beginning at 3 p.m. The camp is free to the public.

Potential No. 1 pick Arwind Santos, Lewis Alfred Tenorio and Joseph Yeo are together to spearhead the White team. NCAA stars Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban and Rookie/MVP Gabby Espinas are at the helm of the Blue squad while Mark Isip, Magnum Membrere and Chico Lanete star for the Yellow five.

Bannering Team Green are Ronjay Enrile, Robert Sanz and Mark Andaya while Fil-Am Kelly Williams and Ryan Rizada lead the Red team.

Red team, to be coached by Dandan, takes on Yellow, with Sauler at the helm, on opening day (Aug. 7) followed by the match between Green (Tierra) and Blue (Racela).

The rest of the schedule is as a follows: (Aug 8) Yellow vs White and Red vs Green; (Aug 9) White vs Blue and Green vs Yellow; (Aug 10) Red vs White and Yellow vs Blue; (Aug 11) Blue vs Red and White vs Green (Bachman).

This marks the first time the Rookie Camp, now on its fourth straight year, has been expanded to make it a weeklong affair.

"We want to give all rookie hopefuls the fair chance to showcase their talent and ability that’s why we deemed it best to conduct a longer and more significant camp this year," said PBA commissioner Noli Eala.

The busy sked for all rookie hopefuls — that began by having them undergo skills and endurance tests — will be capped by the Aug. 20 Draft at the Market Market in Taguig.

gameface_one
08-08-2006, 10:56 AM
Isip shines in PBA rookie camp



Inquirer
Last updated 06:40am (Mla time) 08/08/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

MARK ISIP scattered 20 points to power the Yellow squad to a 99-98 win over the Red Team in the first day of the Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Camp at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Isip’s performance caught the attention of newly installed Ginebra coach Jong Uichico, who declared that the 6-foot-5 forward is a first round draft material.

The PBA Draft Day is on Aug. 20 at the Market! Market! mall in Taguig City.

“He’s got good post-up moves and good footwork. Very impressive. He’s definitely a first round material,” said Uichico.

Kelly Williams, the lone Filipino-American aspirant who played for the Red squad, was also impressive. He tallied 17 points but his offense was overshadowed by his defensive skills.

The 6-foot-7, 215 lb forward, who was given a lot of playing minutes by assistant coach Art dela Cruz, highlighted his game with nine rebounds, three steals and two shot blocks.

Magnum Membrere and unheralded Ronnie Bughao, two guards with contrasting styles, also hugged the limelight.

Membrere, who played for the Yellow Team, had a poor start but picked up his rhythm in the second half and went on to score 14 points including 4-of-8 shooting from the three-point range. He also had six assists and seven rebounds.

Bughao, a certified playmaker, turned in 14 points that went with his nine assists and nine rebounds.

The scores:

YELLOW 99 -- Isip 20, Membrere 14, Kalaw 13, Perseveranda 13, Santos 11, Llanete 11, Ibanes 6, Vidad, De Castro 5.

RED 98 -- Rizada 22, Williams 17, Bughao 14, Reguera 13, Magsumbol 12, Mallari 12, Alonzo 2, Daa 6, Cristobal 0.

gameface_one
08-08-2006, 10:57 AM
Isip impressive in rookie camp
mb.com.ph




MARK ISIP tallied 20 points to power the Yellow squad to a 99-98 win over the Red Team in the first day of the PBA Rookie Camp at the Philsports Arena.



Isip’s performance caught the attention of newly-installed Ginebra coach Jong Uichico, who declared that the 6-foot-5 forward is a first round draft material.

The PBA Draft Day is on Aug. 20 at the Market! Market!

"He’s got good post up moves and good footwork. Very impressive. He’s definitely a first round material," said Uichico.

Even coach Al Chua of Sta. Lucia Realty and Alaska mentor Tim Cone agreed that Isip will be selected in the first round.

"I’ll take him if he’s got no takers. But I don’t think he’ll be available when our turn comes," Chua, whose team owns the first and sixth picks in the first round.

Chua has openly declared that they are set to exercise their No. 1 draft right on Isip’s Far Eastern U teammate Arwind Santos.

Kelly Williams, the lone Fil-Am aspirant who played for the Red squad, was also impressive. He tallied 17 points but his offense was overshadowed by his defensive skills.

The 6-foot-7, 215 lbs forward, who was given a lot of playing minutes by assistant coach Art dela Cruz, highlighted his game with 9 rebounds three steals and two shot blocks.

Magnum Membrere and unheralded Ronnie Bughao – two guards with contrasting styles – also hugged the limelight.

Membrere, who played for the Yellow Team, had a poor start but picked up his rhythm in the second half and went on to score 14 points including 4-of-8 shooting from the three-point range. He also had six assists and seven rebounds.

Bughao, a certified playmaker, turned in 14 points that went with his nine assists and nine rebounds.

"He’s the type of guy that we need. But we’ll see," said Uichico with a smile.

The weeklong camp, sponsored by ACCEL, resumes tomorrow with the Yellow Team taking on the White Team led by Arwind Santos, LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo at 3 p.m. The other game pits the Red Team against the Green Team at 5 p.m.

5FootCarrot
08-08-2006, 01:07 PM
Isip impressive in rookie camp
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Magnum Membrere and unheralded Ronnie Bughao – two guards with contrasting styles – also hugged the limelight.

Membrere, who played for the Yellow Team, had a poor start but picked up his rhythm in the second half and went on to score 14 points including 4-of-8 shooting from the three-point range. He also had six assists and seven rebounds.

Bughao, a certified playmaker, turned in 14 points that went with his nine assists and nine rebounds.

"He’s the type of guy that we need. But we’ll see," said Uichico with a smile.

I'm very glad to hear about Magnum and Ronnie putting up a good showing thus far. Naks, muntik nang mag-triple double ang Bughao... 8)

gameface_one
08-09-2006, 08:40 AM
Santos, Isip both eyed by Sta. Lucia
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ARWIND SANTOS and Mark Isip have been into many classic battles before – be it in the UAAP or PBL.


Now that they’re turning pro, Santos and Isip might end up as teammates again at Sta. Lucia

One of the most impressive draft aspirants on the first day of Rookie Camp, Isip is reportedly being eyed by the Realtors.

A source said coach Alfrancis Chua had already sent feelers to Isip’s agent Charlie Dy.

"Initially pinagpipilian ni coach Al sina Rob (Reyes) at Mark (Isip) para sa No. 6 pick," the source said.

Reyes, who played for Harbour Centre in the PBL, has earlier backed out of the draft because of the delay in his Filipino citizenship application.

The Realtors, who will most likely exercise their first pick on Santos, have long been looking for fresher legs in the middle to spell Marlou Aquino and Dennis Espino.

Santos and Isip led the Tamaraws to two titles in the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines and another two for Magnolia Ice Cream in the PBL.

The Air21 Express and the San Miguel Beermen, picking in between the Realtors’ turns, are already loaded with young and talented big men. —Noli CRUZ

gameface_one
08-09-2006, 08:43 AM
PBA ROOKIE CAMP
Prolific Santos stars for Whites



Inquirer
Last updated 03:57am (Mla time) 08/09/2006

Published on page A23 of the August 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ABY SANTOS turned in the first double-double performance in the 2006 PBA Rookie Camp to lead the White Team to a 61-51 victory over the Yellow Team yesterday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The 6-foot-4 Santos, a top forward from the University of the Philippines, scattered 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the White Team, who missed the services of amateur stars Arwind Santos, LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo.

Arwind Santos, the prospective No. 1 pick, Tenorio and Yeo were part of the Philippine Team that saw action in an invitational tourney in Qatar.

The trio, who arrived late yesterday, are expected to suit up for the White Team when it collides with the Blues at 3 p.m. today.

“He’s got the height and the built,” said Red Bull coach Yeng Guiao of Aby Santos.

The scores:

WHITE 61 -- Santos 20, Bautista 14, Sta. Maria 10, Aban 9, Uy 4, Omping 4.

YELLOW 51 -- Isip 10, Membrere 9, Kalaw 8, Lanete 8, De Castro 6, Perseveranda 6, Ibanes 0,

Reyes 0.

Quarters: 16-10, 27-21, 46-30, 61-51

gameface_one
08-09-2006, 08:51 AM
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Rizada shines in PBA rookie camp
By Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan
sunstar.com.ph



DAVAO City-born Ryan Joseph Rizada, who sizzled with 22 points as the Red Team suffered a 98-99 defeat at the hands of Yellow Team, admitted they need to be more aggressive in their next game in the ongoing 2006 PBA Rookie Camp at the Philsports Arena.

"Sayang talaga. We lost by just one point. Our team lacks something. We need a point guard. But we really just have to be aggressive in both ends of the floor," Rizada said.

The Red squad was set to play the Green team as of Tuesday.

Rizada, who was with the champion teams Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws in the UAAP and Magnolia in PBL, said he expects himself to step up more in their future games.

"I need to be more aggressive in both offense and defense," the former Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) Blue Knights cager told Sun.Star Tuesday.

Rizada said most PBA coaches were around to witness their game since their assistant coaches were handling the teams competing.

Ricky Dandan of Air21 coached the Red Team in its debut game and was also set to coach Red's second game.

"The assistant coaches will rotate. Our team will have another coach in our third game," Rizada said.

He said they did not feel any nervousness playing in the presence of the PBA coaches, adding, "They (coaches) already know our skills and capabilities."

"They're looking at attitude and if we fit into the system of their teams," Rizada added.

The boxscores

Yellow 99 - Isip 20, Membrere 14, Kalaw 13, Perseveranda 13, Santos 11, Llanete 11, Ibanes 6, Vidad, De Castro 5.

Red 98 -- Rizada 22, Williams 17, Bughao 14, Reguera 13, Magsumbol 12, Mallari 12, Alonzo 2, Daa 6, Cristobal 0.

canmaker
08-09-2006, 01:41 PM
Kanya kanyang PRAISE release na ang mga agents para ma build up ang mga "alaga" nila ...

gameface_one
08-10-2006, 07:36 AM
Santos shows why he's probable top draft pick
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ARWIND SANTOS gave the small crowd that showed up at the PhilSports Arena a glimpse of what he’s got when he powered the White Team to a 77-69 win over the Blue Team yesterday in the 2006 PBA Rookie Camp.


Santos, the probable No. 1 pick who just arrived from a forgettable stint in Dona along with fellow aspirants Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio, scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter in leading the White Team to its second straight win.

After a lackluster start, Santos got his game going in the fourth and teamed up Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio as the White Team turned the complexion of the game.

It was the first day at Rookie Camp for the trio, who planed in Tuesday night from Qatar as member of the SMC-Philippine Team.

Santos, who led Far Eastern University to two UAAP championships and another two in the PBL, highlighted his game with 13 rebounds for a double-double effort. He also had three assists and three blocks.

"He’s a sight to behold," said Red Bull assistant coach Roehl Nadurata of Santos.

Yeo was also splendid.

The 6-foot- off guard from La Salle, scored 14 points and caught the attention of some coaches with his ball handling ability and peripheral vision.

"Coach Yeng would have love Yeo to be with our team. But we know we can’t have him because we’re drafting 18th," Nadurata said.

Led by Chris Pacana and Manuel Caceres, who tallied 16 points apiece, the Blue Team appeared to have the game well under control until Santos, Yeo and Tenorio asserted their skills and experience.

With White trailing 52-53, Santos sank four straight free throws, Yeo scored a short stab and Tenorio hit an eight-foot fallaway jumper to put their team ahead, 61-55.

Santos capped his breathtaking fourth quarter performance with a two-handed dunk that made the count 73-61, with 1:22 left.

The game was close in the first three quarters only because Cholo Martin, who called the shots for the White Team, used Santos, Yeo and Tenorio sparingly in that stretch.

The scores:

White 77 – Sta. Maria 17, Santos 16, Yeo 14, Tenorio 13, Uy 9, GAvino 5, Omipig 3.

Blue 69 – Pacana 16, Caceres 16, Dulay 12, Butel 10, Alcaras 5, Daja 5, Gutieres 2, Aldave 2, Ilanga 1.

Quarters: 20-15, 37-37; 52-53; 77-69.

gameface_one
08-11-2006, 09:51 AM
Bughao gets noticed in rookie camp
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IT WAS the turn of Ronnie Bughao to make an impression yesterday as the 5-foot-10 guard came through with big numbers in leading his team to victory in the 2006 PBA Rookie Camp at the PhilSports Arena.


Bughao banged in 22 points as his Red Team hammered out a 77-73 over the White squad bannered by prospective No. 1 draft choice Arwind Santos.

Bughao was at his best in the fourth quarter scoring 10 points including eight straight as the Red Team turned a 63-66 deficit into a five point lead with 2:26 remaining and held on to it the rest of the way.

A pure point guard, the former San Beda Red Lion impressed observers and coaches who spent time watching the games with his shooting and ability to create situation.

"Magaling. He’ll be a good choice for any team in need to shore up its backcourt," said Air21 Coach Bo Perasol.

"I would love to have him in the team but we have no place for him following the arrival of Aris Dimaunahan," he lamented.

Newly-installed Ginebra Coach Jong Uichico have also expressed interest in netting the 24-year old if he is not picked in the Draft set on August 20 at the Market, Market in Taguig.

The Red Team also got huge contribution from Ryan Rizada (14 points) and Paul Reguera (10 points). Kelly Williams, the lone Fil-Am aspirant in the Draft, appeared out of sync and managed just six points.

Arwind Santos, who is likely to be netted by the Sta. Lucia Realtors as their first round pick, had another double-double performance but came up short in the closing minutes when the White Team needed a spark.

The Far Eastern U Tamaraws stalwart led all scorers with 23 points but scored just five points in the fourth while committing three costly turnovers. He also had 14 rebounds.

Joseph Yeo scored 15 points and LA Tenorio added 14 and five assists for the White Team which picked up their first loss in three games.

Both Yeo and Tenorio are also probable first round picks.

gameface_one
08-11-2006, 09:51 AM
An afternoon with the future
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O IT really looks like the PBA is finally on a roll again. Last week we all read about how attendance was up 63% and gross earnings eclipsing last year’s take by P26M.


This week, discussions have shifted to the seeming bumper crop expected in this year’s draft which will happen at the Market, Market in Taguig on Aug. 20, a Sunday.

Long before they submitted applications for the PBA, the names of Arwind Santos, Kelly Williams, Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio, Gabby Espinas and a bunch of other talented amateur players had been figuring prominently in discussions about who the next Filipino basketball superstars would be.

The fact that fans nowadays cross school and tournament lines to follow the action in the UAAP, NCAA and the PBL has provided these young guns the exposure that erased their anonymity. And in this age of blazing speed communications via television, Internet and texting, instant name recall is guaranteed.

It used to be that if you went to a school that was in the UAAP or NCAA, you only followed the tournament where your school was involved. It doesn’t seem to be the case now as everyone seems to be interested in what is happening in every ongoing tournament.

And with sustained television coverage, our young players have had all the more reason to hone their craft and to try and play hard every time. The so-called exuberance of youth translates into breath-taking action on the hard court whenever they are given a chance to give it what they got.

Last Tuesday, I had some time to kill, so I decided to drop by the Philsports Arena to watch the PBA rookie camp where the draft applicants had been divided into five teams playing against each other.

I arrived at past 3 p.m., thinking I was just in time to see the first quarter between the White and Yellow teams. I was particularly curious to see Arwind Santos, Yeo and Tenorio play for the White squad. It turned out their flight from Qatar where they played for the SMC Pilipinas team was delayed and was also the cause why the scrimmage couldn’t start on time. The White team only had 4 players on the court!

Eventually, it was decided that some of the players of the Yellow team would be "lent" to the White team so the game could start.

I was curious about a player of the White team who moved well under the basket and had a decent medium range shot. I consulted the line-up given me by ABC 5’s Sharleen Tan, but couldn’t find his jersey number (#2) in the team’s list. I asked Biboy Ravanes, who was seated behind me but he too, was clueless. Luckily, Air 21 Coach Bo Perasol, seated across the aisle, overheard us and pointed out he was Abby Santos, one of those loaned out by the Yellow team. He played for the U.P. Maroons in the UAAP.

Colleague Tito Talao and I, although a little uncomfortable at the absence of air-conditioning (I was on my way to an important meeting and didn’t want to show up reeking of sweat), enjoyed the play-making and shooting displayed by Letran’s Boyet Bautista (if only he were a little taller!).

Mark Isip, Magnum Membrere and Aaron Aban played as expected, but in the short time we were there (I left after the 1st half) we saw some impressive moves by little-known Fil-Am Glen Perseveranda, Mapua’s Erwin Sta. Maria, Chico Lanete of Lyceum and Ollan Omiping of U.E.

Some of those names are not exactly shoo-ins and it would be interesting to find out how they and other hopefuls figure on August 20 which is why they fire on all cylinders every time they play. They know the PBA coaches are watching intently for potential surprises.

And from experience, it is not far-fetched to surmise there could be someone picked later who could make an impact on the league. Ato Agustin invariably comes to mind. Chosen in the 2nd round, he went on to win the MVP award and became a prized player of San Miguel. In more recent times, Larry Fonacier was also over-looked but was a vital cog for Red Bull’s vibrant campaign last season, earning for the ex-Atenean the Rookie of the Year plum.

No regrets then, for an afternoon well spent with the future.

christian
08-11-2006, 08:14 PM
Whatever hppeend to Jerome Paterno?

person
08-11-2006, 09:21 PM
if yeng liked what he saw in yeo, maybe a trade might get him to red bull.say like valenzuela and cruz for yeo....and how come the other players like paterno and luanzon are not being featured in the practice games...

tamarawz_14
08-11-2006, 09:38 PM
it seems our FEU guys are doing well in rookie camp... good luck arwind,r.j and mark....

razor
08-12-2006, 12:56 AM
Bughao gets noticed in rookie camp
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xxx

A pure point guard, the former San Beda Red Lion impressed observers and coaches who spent time watching the games with his shooting and ability to create situation.





Pure point guard? ???

Baka pure shooter is the more appropriate description hehehe ;)

Out_Of_The_Blue
08-12-2006, 03:47 PM
Bughao gets noticed in rookie camp
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xxx

A pure point guard, the former San Beda Red Lion impressed observers and coaches who spent time watching the games with his shooting and ability to create situation.





Pure point guard?* ???

Baka pure shooter is the more appropriate description hehehe* ;)






He is more of a scorer than a shooter. There's a big difference between the two. He can also shift from 1 to 2 and vice-versa.

MonL
08-12-2006, 03:57 PM
Bughao gets noticed in rookie camp
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xxx

A pure point guard, the former San Beda Red Lion impressed observers and coaches who spent time watching the games with his shooting and ability to create situation.





Pure point guard?* ???

Baka pure shooter is the more appropriate description hehehe* ;)






He is more of a scorer than a shooter. There's a big difference between the two. He can also shift from 1 to 2 and vice-versa.


Tama pa rin.. pure "points" guard, aka scoring/shooting guard.* ::)

Out_Of_The_Blue
08-12-2006, 05:44 PM
A scorer usually get his points from a wider variety of offensive arsenal like drives, set-up outside shots, post up plays, etc. He usually creates his own shots. A shooter is a player who gets his points mainly from outside shooting. Norman Black actually defined a shooter as someone who makes his outside jumper at least 50 to 60 percent of the time. Good examples of scorers are Samboy Lim, Joseph Yeo, and Vergel Meneses while Allan Caidic, Ren Ren Ritualo, and Elmer Cabahug are good examples of shooters.

joelex
08-13-2006, 04:27 AM
although it has come out in the papers already that arwind santos is a shoo in for the number one pick, i have very strong indications that sta. lucia management has other plans. being a spectator in the recent rookie camp, my companions and i managed to sit near their coaching staff...and kelly williams was a hot topic among them, and heard them say something about him as a better fit for them, etc. i dont know if that is any sign of a change in their decision, but might as well share this....

Kid Cubao
08-13-2006, 06:42 AM
napag-uusapan nga ng sta lucia camp ang posibilidad na piliin si kelly williams as their no. 1 draft pick. wala pa ring katiyakan kung sino talaga...

chocoks77
08-13-2006, 10:19 AM
Basta kumuha sila ng agile big man or big men kung makakarami tapos pagretiruhin na nila si "Taho" Aquino.

john_paul_manahan
08-13-2006, 03:34 PM
still arwind. pure spin lang yun. knowing sta lucia's poilcy... it's santos...

freak
08-15-2006, 07:58 PM
still arwind. pure spin lang yun. knowing sta lucia's poilcy... it's santos...


i'll have to agree.. tsaka Arwind would be too good of a player to pass.. kahit siguro for a Williams ;)

gameface_one
08-16-2006, 08:01 AM
Williams or Santos? SLR ponders options
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 08/16/2006

Top rookie prospect Kelly Williams must have impressed Alfrancis Chua in the PBA rookie camp, prompting the Sta. Lucia Realtors’ mentor to carefully weigh their options on the coming amateur draft between the Fil-Am cager and Far Eastern’s Arwind Santos in the first round.

Chua, who watched the PBA aspirants up-close in the recent camp, took notice of Williams’ enormous talent and skills during the five-day clinics and said the management will have its final deliberation Friday or Saturday whether to stick it out with Santos or opt for Williams.

The PBA draft is set Sunday at the Market! Market! in Taguig.

Air21 board representative and team manager Lito Alvarez is hoping that Sta. Lucia would go for Williams so they can get Santos at No. 2 overall. The Lina Group of Companies franchise remains committed in keeping a roster of purely homegrown players.

Sta. Lucia may break similar tradition since the team is now considering to pick Williams.

"Actually, we’re not against Fil-Ams. We’re against Fil-shams," said Sta. Lucia team manager Ariel Magno. "Remember, we already picked what could be considered a Fil-Am in Alex Cabagnot last year."

The Sta. Lucia official also said it’s still unsure whether or not Cabagnot, the No. 2 pick last year, will return to play in local pro league. The PBA considers Cabagnot to have gone AWOL, and the player, who played in a US tournament recently, will face sanction upon his return.

If Sta. Lucia opts to get Santos, Alvarez said they would settle for either 6-foot-4 forward Gabby Espinas of PCU or 5-foot-11 guard Joseph Yeo of La Salle.

Coca-Cola may choose center-forward Mark Isip at No. 3 then San Miguel, which is to acquire Air21’s right for No. 4 in an imminent trade deal, may pick guard LA Tenorio.

San Miguel’s original slot in the draft order is No. 5 and the team may use this in picking Yeo if he’s still available then.

Next in the draft order is Sta. Lucia at No. 6 while Alaska Milk takes the next two turns. Purefoods picks next then Welcoat closes out the first round drafting.

In the second round, Welcoat picks first then Talk n Text, Sta. Lucia, Coca-Cola, Air21, Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola, Alaska, Red Bull and Purefoods.

The other top prospects in the pool are Boyet Bautista, Mark Andaya, Aaron Aban, Ronnie Bughao, Abby Santos and Mark Magsumbol.

gameface_one
08-16-2006, 08:02 AM
Sta. Lucia at crossroads

Fil-Am Williams or Arwind?

By TITO TALAO
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QUESTIONS ARE pouring down like rain on Alfrancis Chua’s lap lately faster than he can answer them.


The pony-tailed Sta. Lucia Realty head coach is known for his lightning-bolt repartees and trigger-quick temper, but even he, at times, clutches for words to say.

Rare, of course, are those moments.

"Hintaying na lang natin ang pagdating ng draft," he said when asked point-blank who the Realtors would grab with the No. 1 pick – local boy Arwind Santos or Fil-Am Kelly Williams – on Draft Day Sunday at Market! Market!

Chua had watched both players during draft camp and was impressed with what he saw.

"Parehong fighter, pati athletic ability at galaw. Pareho rin halos ng katawan," he said.

He denied having categorically said in earlier interviews that he was inclined to select Santos, a long-limbed forward from Far Eastern University.

"Nilagay lang nila sa bibig ko ‘yon," Chua said. "Kasi pa’no ko naman sasabihin na itong player na ‘to ang ida-draft namin, e kung biglang hindi? E di nagalit pa sa’min yung tao at pamilya niya."

A final decision would be reached in a meeting with board representative Buddy Encarnado this Friday, Chua said.

"Everything will have to go through boss Buddy, kung may trade man o wala."

The unusually reticent head coach turned feisty when old issues were resurrected, like the Realtors being at the forefront of the drive against Fil-Shams in the Senate and their "homegrown" battle cry, and how these could ran into conflict with their drafting Williams.

"Di lang naman players namin ang nagpunta sa Senado noon. Nandoon din ang taga-FedEx at Purefoods. Yung iba nga gusto rin pumunta, pinigilan lang," Chua said.

"So walang kuneksyon ‘yon kung sino man ang ida-draft namin ngayon, local o Fil-Am. Isa pa, ang laban naman nila noon ay sa mga pekeng Fil-Am, di sa mga lehitimo."

What about their "Proud To Be Homegrown" slogan?

"Marketing strategy lang ‘yon," he said, this time laughing. "Parang "Ang Bumangga, Giba!" Kung may Fil-Am yung ibang teams, kami naman all-Filipino. Homegrown. Pero napalitan na nga yon nang kinuha namin si (Alex) Cabagnot, di ba?"

So the Realtors are indeed considering drafting Williams?

"Di ko nga masabi," he said, again turning taciturn. Parang chess yan. Puwede ko ba naman sabihin kung ano ang next move namin? Di magpiko na lang tayo."

What about Cabagnot? Are you keeping him in the team?

"Na kay boss Buddy ang desisyon dyan," Chua said. "Pero kung ako ang tatanungin, ayoko na. Dalawang beses na n’yang ginawa sa’min yan e. Aral ng aral ang gusto. Baka sumobrang talino, maging professor yan? Baka gustong magturo sa UST (Alfrancis Chua’s alma mater)?"

Hoops McCann
08-16-2006, 01:06 PM
wala pa ring kakupas-kupas si alfrancis ;D

Joescoundrel
08-16-2006, 08:01 PM
A team with this year's Number 1 pick would have to be crazy to even think of someone other than Kelly Williams.

Williams has it all: size, athleticism, versatility, coachability. If he could get along with someone as tough as Koy Banal, fit himself in with an all-star Magnolia team without upsetting anybody, and not be the typical pain in the posterior that Fil-Ams usually are, what the heck else could a team possibly want?

gameface_one
08-17-2006, 09:02 AM
Air 21 surrenders 4th pick to SanMig



By noli cruz
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THE SAN Miguel Beermen get a big break in their rebuildng program after acquiring the fourth pick of the Air21 Express in the coming PBA Rookie Draft.


The Beermen will pick third, fourth and fifth in the annual draft set on Aug. 20 at the Market! Market!

They are expected to tap Joseph Yeo, L.A. Tenorio and Mark Isip.

The Beermen struggled in the Asian Professional Basketball Invitational in Taiwan with their aging line-up.

Danny Seigle, the Best Player of the Conference in the Philippine Cup, will again lead the Beermen when the 32nd starts on Oct. 1. The Beermen also have veterans Danny Ildefonso, Dorian Peña, Olsen Racela, Dondon Hontiveros in the starting five.

Their reserves are no spring chickens as well with Brandon Cablay and Chris Calaguio, Wesley Gonzales and Kiko Adriano coming off the bench.

The Express decided to give up their No.4 pick because they already have 11 players on their roster.

Air21 has Ranidel de Ocampo, Mark Telan, Wynne Arboleda, KG Canaleta, Gary David, Ronald Tubid, Homer Se, Leo Avenido and new recruits Aries Dimaunahan and Ervin Sotto, which the team got from Ginebra.

Yancy De Ocampo remains as the only unsigned player on the squad, but Air21 president and team manager Lito Alvarez is confident they will be able to re-sign the 6-8, lefty center to make him as the team’s starter.

"I’m confident we can sign him up. He just asked for few more days to think about the negotiation," said Alvarez. "Our need for a 12th man will be met when we exercise our No. 2 pick on either Kelly Williams or Arwind Santos, depending on which player Sta. Lucia chooses as the draft’s No. 1 pick."

Meanwhile, with the Barangay Ginebra Kings keeping their cards close on their chest regarding the Romel Aducul trade, the Welcoat Dragons are now looking for alternatives.

"We have to get a response from them (Kings) so we will know which step to take," Yu said. "If the plan for the Adducul trade doesn’t push through, we will have to take the next best option."

gameface_one
08-17-2006, 09:03 AM
Air21 gives fourth pick to San Mig



Inquirer
Last updated 04:10am (Mla time) 08/17/2006

Published on page A23 of the August 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

AIR21 has given up its No. 4 overall pick in the coming Philippine Basketball Association rookie draft and swapped it for San Miguel Beer’s 2008 first-round pick, an Express official confirmed yesterday.

It has been floated weeks ago that Air21 would have no need for the fourth overall pick since the Express have only one slot left in their roster which could be filled up in the freshman lottery.

“Our lineup is already complete. We have one spot left so we will have no use for the No. 4 pick,” said Air21 president and team governor Lito Alvarez, whose Express owns the second overall pick in the draft.

“We will use that pick to fill up the roster,” he added.

Ronald Tubid and Gary David have now recovered from injuries sustained during the season-ending Philippine Cup last conference while the 6-foot-9 Yancy De Ocampo got a fresh two-year offer.

“He (De Ocampo) wouldn’t be shortchanged with that offer. But he told us he will need a few more days to find his value in the PBA and we’ll wait for his decision,” said Alvarez.

Since Kelly Williams passed the stringent requirements in the draft, top overall pick-holder Sta. Lucia Realty has been torn between the Filipino-American and Far Eastern University’s power forward Arwind Santos.

Should the Realtors ignore the 6-foot-4 Santos, the Express wouldn’t think twice in grabbing the two-time UAAP MVP, Alvarez said.

With three first-rounders at their disposal, the Beermen, who also own the third and fifth overall picks, could now infuse young blood into their aging lineup. June Navarro

gameface_one
08-17-2006, 09:04 AM
Air21, San Mig swap draft picks


By JOEL ORELLA, The Manila Times Reporter
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With a trade involving draft picks, Air21 is going for an intact lineup, while San Miguel Beer wants to infuse young blood to its aging Philippine Basketball Association roster.

Air21 team manager Lito Alvarez confirmed to Sports Times on Wednesday that the Express have given the Beermen their No. 4 pick in the coming Rookie Draft in exchange for the latter’s first-round pick in 2008.

"The team’s already complete. We have one spot left so we don’t need the No. 4 pick," Alvarez said.

"We’re happy that our lineup is very intact, with Ronald Tubid and Gary David coming back from their respective injuries. Our No. 2 pick in the draft will fill that vacant slot," he added.

Alvarez also disclosed that the team has offered Yancy de Ocampo a two-year pact and has given the lanky 6-foot-9 center time to think of the new deal.

"He won’t be shortchanged by our offer. But he said he will need more days to find his true value in the PBA, and we will wait for his decision," he said.

The Express manager reiterated their interest in Arwind Santos of Far Eastern University, as Santa Lucia Realty, which owns the top pick, might select Filipino American forward Kelly Williams.

The deal gave San Miguel three first-round picks. It owns the No. 3 pick of Coca-Cola from a three-way trade with Air21 that involved Gary David and Dale Singson and the No. 5 pick of Barangay Ginebra from a three-way trade with Alaska that involved Brandon Cablay, Nic Belasco and Migs Noble.

With this, the Beermen have the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 picks of the rookie draft set this Sunday at the Market! Market! Mall in Taguig City, and a team insider told Sports Times that newly hired mentor Chot Reyes is keen on adding youth to the team.

"The team really wants to rebuild. The team’s core is aging and Reyes wants young players on his team," said the source, who requested he not be named.

The Beermen, who finished eight in the Fiesta Cup and fourth in the Philippine Cup, are actually lusting for Williams, but it looks like the Realtors might not pass up on the high-leaping 6-foot-5 forward.

With three successive first-round picks, the source told Sports Times that Reyes wants to get Lewis Alfred Tenorio of Ateneo de Manila University, Joseph Yeo of De La Salle University and Mark Isip of the Tamaraws.

The Realtors pick again at No. 6, and may use it on 6-foot-4 Philippine Christian University forward Gabby Espinas.

person
08-17-2006, 09:51 AM
Nicole Uy G 6'-3" 180 lbs
how come no one is impressed by him???he's playing solid bball in the rookie camp...for someone who has been absent for a year or something, he's still got his game...

Sam Miguel
08-17-2006, 08:35 PM
Nicole Uy would be the former San Sebastian Stag? Hmm... he's been away for a while. I'm surprised he was even in the rookie draft camp. Good luck to him.

person
08-17-2006, 10:37 PM
yup..this former stag has shown impressive numbers in the rookie camp...hope he gets drafted...he's shown more promise than luanzon, alonzo and paterno

kryptonite
08-18-2006, 03:47 AM
Nicole Uy G 6'-3" 180 lbs
how come no one is impressed by him???he's playing solid bball in the rookie camp...for someone who has been absent for a year or something, he's still got his game...


Nicole Uy, stands 6-3??? I'm not sure if he is indeed 6-3, maybe with shoes, he is 6-3. Maybe he is around 6-1.

gameface_one
08-18-2006, 07:51 AM
Chot rues being out of Williams tug-of-war
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 08/18/2006

Top Fil-Am player Kelly Williams is excited over the coming PBA Rookie Draft and said he’ll be ready to play for any team in the country’s local pro league.

Everybody seemed happy for the man except for brand-new San Miguel Beer coach Chot Reyes who may not be able to enlist his prized find.

In fact Reyes, who has personally recruited Williams in the United States to play for the national team, has given up hopes of ever getting the 6-foot-4 versatile player in the draft.

"Ako ang nagtanim, ako ang nagsaing pero iba ang kakain ( They’ll reap the fruit of my labor)," said Reyes in jest.

Their only chance of picking Williams in the draft is if Sta. Lucia Realty and Air21 decide to go for other players at No. 1 and No. 2.

But Sta. Lucia officials have reportedly chosen Williams over FEU’s Arwind Santos.

"I’m still riding high at having been cleared to play. Now if that is what it comes to (getting drafted by the Realtors), fine. If not, we’ll pretty much cross the bridge when we get there," said Williams on the prospect of being picked No. 1 overall in the Rookie Draft set Sunday at the Market! Market! in Taguig.

"As far as I’m concerned I’m just happy at the opportunity to be in the draft. Let God’s will be done. I just wanna be able to play in the PBA which I’ve been figuring to do all this time. I’m just ready to play in the league," said Williams when told of the tug-of-war for his services.

The Realtors had to restudy their options after seeing Williams up close in the recent PBA Rookie Camp. The management is reportedly ready to offer Williams the maximum pay in three years.

The agile and versatile player out of Oakland University in Detroit had solid numbers even in the San Miguel-Pilipinas’ two-game series with Lebanon.

He made 14 points in their 105-100 win Wednesday, including a thunderous jam off an alley-oop pass by Jimmy Alapag.

Air21 board representative and team manager Lito Alvarez said they will opt for either Santos or PCU forward Gabby Espinas at No. 2.

San Miguel is likely to pick point guard LA Tenorio at No. 3, off-guard Joseph Yeo at No. 4 and either Mark Isip or Espinas at No. 5.

The Beermen are No. 5 in the draft order. They acquired No. 3 and No. 4 on previous trade deals.

Next in the draft order is Sta. Lucia at No. 6 then Alaska Milk, Talk n Text, Purefoods then Welcoat to close out the first round. In the second round, Welcoat picks first then Talk n Text, Sta. Lucia, Coca-Cola, Air21, Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola, Alaska, Red Bull and Purefoods.

Among the other top prospects in the pool are Boyet Bautista, Mark Andaya, Aaron Aban, Ronnie Bughao, Abby Santos, Chico Lanete and Mark Magsumbol.

Other hopefuls in the draft pool are Rodel Mallari, Ferdinand Daa, Paul Reguera, Ryan Rizada, Frederick Rodriguez, Ryan Cristobal, Ariel de Castro, Richard

Alonzo, Jireh Ibanes, Magnum Membrere, Marlon Kalaw, Orvie Vidad, Glenn Perseveranda, Michael Gavino, Nicole Uy, Jonathan Aldave, Olan Omiping, Erwin Sta.

Maria, John Alcaraz, Alfie Grijaldo, Christian Luanzon, Harold Sta. Cruz, Jerome Paterno, Robert Sanz, Ronjay Enrile, Christopher Apaitan, Al Vergara,Jayson Roque, Philip Butel, Aaron Aban, Erian Daja, Chris Pacana, Manuel Caceres, Donald Dulay, Christian Gutierez and Bob Ilanga.

gameface_one
08-18-2006, 07:53 AM
Fil-Am’s sense of gratitude makes draft day perilous



By ED PICSON and TITO TALAO
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WORD IS rife that prospective top pick in the upcoming PBA draft Kelly Williams will only sign up for San Miguel and not for any other team. This puts into jeopardy any plans of Sta. Lucia, which owns the first pick in this year’s draft, to exercise their rights over the Fil-Am player.


Williams, who was discovered by new SMB coach Chot Reyes in the United States two years ago for the national team, was said to have indicated that he wanted to show loyalty to the company that took care of him in his stay in the Philippines. The national team is being funded by San Miguel and Williams played for Magnolia in the PBL.

The Michigan-born Fil-Am, whose mother Andrea Castro is a Cebuana, initially abandoned hopes of playing in the PBA because of the stringent legal requirements and had already returned to the States. But when his papers were cleared by the Department of Justice, he again sought the help of San Miguel to finance his trip back to the Philippines.

In payment for his debt of gratitude to the giant conglomerate, the 6-foot-6 wingman was reportedly willing to sit out two years if he is drafted by any team other than San Miguel.

Commissioner Noli Eala, contacted to clarify the PBA rules on such a situation, said that is an option a player may take, but after sitting out one year, he will have to re-enter the draft the next year.

Should he still be picked by a team other than his preferred one, he will again have the option of not playing in the league for another year, after which he will then become a free agent and therefore will have a free hand to choose which team he wishes to play for.

Eala stressed that although they do not encourage such actions, this is how the rules worked, but "we certainly would like for the logic behind the draft to be respected, which is to give the lower-ranked teams the opportunity to improve on their performance by being given the privilege of picking ahead" said Eala.

Meanwhile, Sta. Lucia team manager and past PBA Chairman Buddy Encarnado expressed disbelief on the talks about Williams’ supposed position saying "it is lamentable that certain parties are spreading these rumors-for whatever reason- which run counter to the spirit of the draft. How can a rookie dictate on the league? I don’t believe Williams would be so intransigent. He seems like a nice kid".

Encarnado would not confirm however, if they are indeed planning to draft Williams. He said he was still mulling over their choices with Coach Alfrancis Chua.

The draft will be held this Sunday at the Market, Market in Taguig City.

Williams refused to be caught in the storm generated by his comments.

"I don’t wanna get caught up in the ins and outs of all those speculations," Williams said just before San Miguel-Pilipinas clashed with the Lebanese national team two days ago at The Arena in San Juan.

"As far as I’m concerned I’m just happy at the opportunity to be in the draft. Whatever happens is whatever happens. Let God’s will be done. I just wanna be able to play in the PBA which I’ve been figuring to do all this time. I’m just ready to play in the league."

Williams, whose two-handed alley-oop jam off a Jimmy Alapag assist against Lebanon brought the house down, addressed speculations he might opt to sit out one or two seasons if a ball club other than San Miguel drafts him on Sunday.

"There are lots of talks going on. I’ve been hearing a lot of things," he said." As I said, I just wanna focus on being able to play. I can’t really get deep into that. I just wanna see what happens."

Sta. Lucia team owner Exequiel Robles reportedly has given Encarnado and Chua the green light to shed off the Realtors’ "homegrown" image to gain the services of a veritable franchise player.

"Sta. Lucia would be the laughing stock of the league if they don’t draft Williams," said a PBA insider.

Even San Miguel coach Chot Reyes appeared resigned that Williams would go to Sta. Lucia.

"Ang sakit din dahil ako ang nagtanim, nagbayo at nagsaing, tapos iba ang kakain," said Reyes after Williams put on a show in SMC-RP’s 105-100 victory over Lebanon Sunday.

gameface_one
08-19-2006, 09:27 AM
Air21 might take ‘Ninja’ Yeo instead of big man


By JOEL ORELLA, The Manila Times Reporter
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Filipino American Kelly Williams and Arwind Santos, both forwards, are deemed to be the top two picks in the Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft this Sunday at the Market! Market! Mall in Taguig City.

But the sequence may change as Air21, which is picking second in the draft, is seriously looking at former De La Salle University star Joseph Yeo.

Express team manager Lito Alvarez told Sports Times he is currently having serious talks with head coach Bo Perasol on who will be the No. 2 pick.

"Nothing is final. If Santa Lucia gets Williams, we might go with Arwind. But we’re also interested in Yeo because of so many factors. That’s what we’re carefully contemplating with coach Bo," said Alvarez.

The Air21 official said Yeo, who, with LA Tenorio—another first-round prospect—led Harbour Centre to its first Philippine Basketball League crown, can be an impact player since he suits the Express’ run- and gun-style perfectly.

"Yeo is used to playing for a championship. He won at La Salle and was a champion in the PBL. His championship experience is a big factor," Alvarez said.

"What’s good about Yeo is that he attracts the crowd because of the way he plays. Very exciting, like [KG] Canaleta," he added.

Yeo, known as "The Ninja" for his high-leaping ability and acrobatic moves, is also being eyed by San Miguel Beer and Santa Lucia Realty, which own five of the first six picks in the draft.

The Realtors will most likely abandon their advocacy for homegrown players, as coach Alfrancis Chua has expressed interest on the 6-foot-5 Williams, a product of Oakland University in Detroit.

They have also the No. 6 pick, and if Santos or Yeo goes to the Express, the Beermen, who own the third, fourth and fifth picks, might tap the player Air21 snubs at No. 2—either Tenorio or Mark Isip.

But a source told Sports Times that San Miguel, now under head coach Chot Reyes, might not get the No. 3 pick, which is an option it got from Coca-Cola in a three-way trade that involved Gary David and Dale Singson.

The reason? Williams will no longer be available at that spot, as the Realtors would take him at No. 1.

"The No. 3 pick would be useless for San Miguel, so Coke might not give it up," said the source.

gameface_one
08-19-2006, 09:35 AM
Draft day decisions
THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco
The Philippine Star 08/19/2006

The PBA Rookie Draft is upon us, and the mysteries regarding who will be picked by whom will be finally revealed. The backroom dealing will bear fruit, and teams will make public who they will end up getting to fit the pieces of their championship puzzle.

Aside from the most obvious, most heralded picks, who are the keepers and who are the sleepers in tomorrow’s draft?

Kelly Williams. Which team wouldn’t want the former Bear from California? Among the draftees, Williams is probably the most versatile, and definitely one of the most talented. In the PBL Unity Cup, Williams was one of three players to average double figures in points and rebounds. At 6’4", Williams can play two, three or four extremely well, and can bring the ball up. In his first practice session with the national team last year, Kelly, practically fresh off the plane, was rejecting shots and taking rebounds from established — and bigger — PBA veterans. Possesses a unique refinement to his game.

Arwind Santos. He’s already done it all, and is ripe for the pros. Although his scoring dipped in the last PBL conference, he was still rebounding in double-figures. Santos has matured and improved his range, knowing he will probably end up a small forward and occasionally play shooting guard or power forward. A little more bulk, and he’ll be able to take contact and finish shots against the giants of the PBA.

LA Tenorio. Nothing left to prove. Smarts, versatility and quickness, with range. Tenorio’s passing and step-back three-pointer have baffled opponents in the amateurs. The former Blue Eagle’s shot selection has improved the past two years, and he’s cut down on his turnovers. If he improves his perimeter game, learns to take over in crucial stretches and adds a little muscle, he will be a very tough match-up in the pros. If he plays behind a seasoned veteran in the beginning, will be a complete package.

Aaron Aban. A player any team would love to have. Built for the pros. "Triple A" is one of the leaders of the Letran Knights, and leads by example. Aban would make a solid two-guard in the PBA. His fallaway jumper is hard to stop, and he’s not afraid to take it to the basket. Decision-making has always been strong, and doesn’t make too many mistakes. That’s why coaches would probably be able to plug him in right away. Aban would be a good fit with most teams, since he easily grasps instructions, and has a work ethic that’s second to none.

Boyet Bautista. A conundrum. On one hand, you have to like the ability to score whenever he wants to, and his passing and ability to lead the break are unmatched. On the other hand, what about his size? At roughly 5’6" or so, Bautista was also a scorer in high school, but suppressed that part of his game in his first couple of years because he was running alongside shot-happy Ronjay Enrile. Now, necessity has called for offense, and Bautista has provided it in spades. Defense has been suspect, but there is no proof that he can’t take care of himself. Could start, but will probably initially make more of an impact coming off the bench. Leadership is unparalleled.

Joseph Yeo. A fighter, literally and figuratively. Experience with De La Salle helped him find his game, and his tenure with Harbour Centre polished him for the pros. Emerged as a leader this year, and opened his game up to be able to play with anybody. Perfect size for a two-guard in the PBA, and fears no one. Will be able to score in the PBA, but will take some hits early on. If he keeps his temper in check and channels it into his game instead, will be very difficult to stop. Underrated as a defender.

Chris Pacana. One player who has been generating some buzz as of late is Fil-Am and former St. Francis of Assisi guard Chris Pacana, who dropped out of sight after seeing local action. Pacana’s speed and shooting are getting raves, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s been making the rounds of the sports media. Physically very strong for a point guard, and can carry a team in stretches. The only question would be readiness to play the pro game.

"I’m just excited to get an opportunity to play as professional," says Pacana, who has been playing regularly with other Fil-Ams in an "open gym" series of pick-up games.

Ronnie Bughao. After a spectacular rookie season with San Beda, Bughao made a leap of faith and sat out one year, hoping to team up with Japeth Aguilar and JC Intal on a devastating running team for the Ateneo Blue Eagles, only to be declared ineligible to play. A solid six-footer who can play either guard spot, Bughao was already a candidate for NCAA MVP when the Red Lions took a nosedive in the second round in 2004. He could be the total package, and physically, is built for the pros. Though he has played in other leagues as of late, no telling if he’s game-ready at the moment.

Mark Andaya. The best passer among the big men in the draft. A classic center with some unorthodox moves. Can run the floor well, and passes well with his back to the basket. If his shooting improves, could lock up a permanent four-spot on a team with a good center. If not, will have to beef up to play five. A very intelligent player whose unselfishness makes his teammates better, and has a demeanor that lightens the atmosphere around a team. If he develops a signature move (like a consistent hook shot), will be a nightmare to guard.

Gabby Espinas. Another riddle, but a more common quandary for college post players moving up. At 6’4", Espinas is very athletic, but will definitely not be a center in the PBA. Footwork and free throw shooting need improvement, although his perimeter game is starting to pick up. Espinas has a tremendous upside, but needs to broaden his game. Plays with attitude, which may make him a target early on. Inexplicably disappears in stretches of games. The NCAA MVP has gotten by on athletic ability and a blinding first step. Now, he needs to show he can do more. One of only two players averaging a double double in the NCAA.

There are other players who will make an impact in the league, regardless of when they are picked: Rob Sanz, Mark Isip, Abby Santos to name a few. Some will be relegated to role players. But the players listed here have a tremendous potential to change the face of the pro game in the near future. All they need is a chance.

john_paul_manahan
08-20-2006, 12:44 AM
those were 13 names.... i wonder who will be the other 7?

any final mock drafts?

kryptonite
08-20-2006, 10:33 AM
Order of Drafting (MOCK Draft)

FIRST ROUND
1. Sta Lucia - Kelly Williams
2. Air 21 (from TNT) - Arwind Santos
3. Coke - Gabby Espinas
4. SMB (from Air 21) - LA Tenorio
5. SMB (from Ginebra) - Joseph Yeo
6. Sta Lucia (from SMB)- Mark Isip
7. Alaska - Abraham Santos
8. TNT (from Red Bull)- Ryan Rizada
9. Purefoods - Ronnie Bughao
10. Welcoat - Boyet Bautista

SECOND ROUND
11. Welcoat - Aaron Aban
12. TNT - Christian Luanzon
13. SLR - Richard Alonzo
14. COKE - Robert Sanz
15. AIR21 - Chris Pacana
16. COKE (FROM GINEBRA) - Jerome Paterno
17. COKE (from SMB) - Erwin Sta. Maria
18. ALASKA - Mark Magsumbol
19. RED BULL - Magnum Membrere
20. PUREFOODS - Angelus Raymundo

gameface_one
08-20-2006, 12:18 PM
PBA Rookie Draft

Williams poised for No. 1
mb.com.ph



AFTER WEEKS of speculations and unless last-minute negotiations take place, Kelly Williams will lay claim to being the top pick in today’s 2006 PBA Rookie Draft.


Although officials as well as the coaching staff of the Sta. Lucia Realtors have maintained their silence on who they are going to pick, people in the know insists the Realtors are set to exercise their first selection on Williams – the lone Fil-Am aspirant in the rookie pool, who is the dream pick of every coaches in the league.

Williams has become a hot commodity in the days leading to D-day that Arwind Santos – two-time UAAP most valuable player and Far Eastern U stalwart who was earlier reported to be the apple of the eye of the Realtors – has suddenly been relegated to the background.

The need for an impact player has become a must for the Realtors, who are in the process of rebuilding with their aging stars – Marlou Aquino, Dennis Espino and Kenneth Duremdes – nearing the end of their long-term contracts.

"Sta. Lucia would be the laughing stock of the league if they don’t draft Williams," said a team insider.

Apparently, team owner Exie Robles realized the fix his team is in and he reportedly has given team manager Buddy Encarnado and head coach Alfrancis Chua the green light to shed off the team’s "Proud to be Homegrown" slogan to gain the services of the Detroit, Michigan native.

The news of his impending selection by Sta. Lucia reportedly didn’t excite Williams, who reportedly has threatened to hold out if the Realtors pick him.

Earlier reports said that the 24-year-old will not play for any team but San Miguel Beer.

This Williams denied.

"I don’t wanna get caught up in the ins and outs of all those speculations. As far as I’m concerned, I’m just happy at the opportunity to be in the draft. Whatever happens is whatever happens. Let God’s will be done," Williams declared.

Even Chot Reyes, newly installed San Miguel coach, appeared to have given up hope of landing the versatile and athletic forward.

"Ako ang nagtanim, ako ang nagsaing, iba ang kakain," said Reyes.

Reyes has every reason to be hurt considering it was he who encouraged Williams to come over and play for Team Philippines.

The prospect of losing Williams might be a jolting news to Reyes but it’s certainly pleasing to the ears of Air 21 board representative and team manager Lito Alvares.

Air21 has openly expressed its interest in Santos to shore up its frontcourt and the latest turn of events provides them with a great opportunity to realize its goal. The Express own the No. 2 pick.

The third pick belongs to the Coca-Cola Tigers, who are torn between forward Mark Isip and Gabby Espinas to fill up the spot left by frontliners Billy Mamaril and Rafi Reavis. The two are now with the Ginebra Kings following a three-team trade.

With Williams out of the equation, San Miguel, which owns the fourth and fifth picks is keen on exercising those rights on guard LA Tenorio and whoever between Isip and Espinas remains available at their turn.

The Realtors take another crack at No. 6, followed by the Alaska Aces (7th), Talk 'N Text Phone Pals (8th) and Purefoods Chunkee Giants (9th). Expansion team Welcoat Paints takes the 10th pick to close out the first round.

The second round, begins with Welcoat Paints followed by Talk 'N Text, Sta. Lucia, Coca-Cola, Air21, Coca-Cola, Alaska, Red Bull and Purefoods. Among the other top prospects in the pool are Boyet Bautista, Christian Luanzon, Aaron Aban, Ronnie Bughao, Abby Santos, Chico Lanete and Mark Magsumbol. Other hopefuls in the draft pool are Rodel Mallari, Ferdinand Daa, Paul Reguera, Ryan Rizada, Frederick Rodriguez, Ryan Cristobal, Ariel de Castro, Richard Alonzo, Jireh Ibanes, Magnum Membrere, Marlon Kalaw, Orvie Vidad, Glenn Perseveranda, Michael Gavino, Nicole Uy, Jonathan Aldave, Olan Omiping, Erwin Sta. Maria, John Alcaraz, Alfie Grijaldo, Mark Andaya, Harold Sta. Cruz, Jerome Paterno, Robert Sanz, Ronjay Enrile, Christopher Apaitan, Al Vergara, Jayson Roque, Philip Butel, Aaron Aban, Erian Daja, Chris Pacana, Manuel Caceres, Donald Dulay, Christian Gutierez and Bob Ilanga.

gameface_one
08-20-2006, 12:21 PM
Realtors torn between Fil-Am, Santos


By June Navarro
Inquirer
Last updated 07:44am (Mla time) 08/20/2006

Published on page A26 of the August 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

EITHER Sta. Lucia Realty sheds off its homegrown image or lets go one of the most exciting prospects in the Philippine Basketball Association in recent years.

This is the dilemma facing the Realtors when they choose this year’s top overall pick during the annual PBA rookie draft today at the Market! Market! shopping center in Taguig.

Though Sta. Lucia officials are keeping their lips sealed, chances are the Realtors would exercise the No. 1 pick on Kelly Williams, the only Filipino-American rookie hopeful in the draft who has become the obsession of every team in the league.

Or, the Realtors could go back to their original choice—FEU’s Arwind Santos—and be the laughing stock of the PBA as one official succinctly called it.

Not that the 6-foot-5 Santos, who led the Tamaraws to two UAAP crowns with his twin MVP performances, is a mediocre choice. But passing up Williams would be like closing a door of opportunity for a Sta. Lucia championship.

Acquiring an impact player has become a must for the Realtors now that the team’s old stars—Kenneth Duremdes, Marlou Aquino and Dennis Espino—are nearing the twilight of their careers.

Aside from his credentials, the reasons for grabbing Williams are also compelling.

The versatile 6-foot-5 wingman out of Oakland University has been the most electrifying player in the RP men’s basketball team composed mostly of PBA players.

National team mentor and San Miguel Beer coach Chot Reyes, who encouraged Williams to come over from the US, rues that his Beermen don’t have a chance of tapping Williams in the draft.

And consider this: San Miguel Corporation would not have bankrolled Williams’ stay in the country for almost two years if the Detroit, Michigan native isn’t worth it.

Sta. Lucia’s impending choice of Williams, however, reportedly doesn’t’ excite Magnolia’s go-to guy in the Philippine Basketball League. And the 24-year-old Williams, who missed last year’s draft because of his citizenship papers, was quick to deny it.

“I don’t wanna get caught up in the ins and outs of all those speculations,’’ said Williams. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m just happy at the opportunity to be in the draft. Let God’s will be done.’’

Though the reality of not getting Williams has been a jolt to Reyes and the Beermen, the choice of Williams as the top overall pick could be pleasing to Air21 governor and team manager Lito Alvarez.

Selecting second overall, the Express will certainly tab Santos to shore up its frontline while the Coca-Cola Tigers, who will be picking third, are torn between forwards Mark Isip and Gabby Espinas.

The Tigers need a big man to fill the void left by Billy Mamaril and Rafi Reavis who were sent to the Barangay Ginebra Kings following a three-team trade involving the Express.

With Williams out, the Beermen are keen on using their fourth and fifth overall picks on Ateneo guard Lewis Alfred Tenorio and whoever remains available between Isip and Espinas.

The Realtors could take Joseph Yeo at No. 6 while Alaska (seventh), Talk ‘N Text (eighth), Purefoods (ninth) and Welcoat Paints could take the best talent available.

gameface_one
08-20-2006, 12:22 PM
Realtors ready to pick Williams
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 08/20/2006

Barring last-minute change of heart by the Sta. Lucia management, the giant land developing company is picking Kelly Williams No. 1 overall in the 2006 PBA Rookie Draft at Market! Market! in Taguig today.

The question is whether Sta. Lucia is going to sign and keep Williams as San Miguel Beer was reportedly dangling a juicy trade offer for the prized Fil-Am player.

Air21 picks Arwind Santos at No. 2, Coca-Cola enlists either Mark Isip or Gabby Espinas at No. 3 then San Miguel plucks LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo at Nos. 4 and 5.

Other players expected to go high in the draft are Abby Santos, Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban, Mark Andaya and Ronnie Bughao.

Sta. Lucia is likely to choose another big man in exercising its rights for the No. 6 pick. Next in the draft order is Alaska Milk then Talk n Text, Purefoods and Welcoat to close out the first round.

Like last year, the draft lasts only two rounds.

The other draft hopefuls are Chico Lanete, Mark Magsumbol, Rodel Mallari, Ferdinand Daa, Paul Reguera, Ryan Rizada, Frederick Rodriguez, Ryan Cristobal, Ariel de Castro, Richard Alonzo, Jireh Ibanes, Magnum Membrere, Marlon Kalaw, Orvie Vidad, Glenn Perseveranda, Michael Gavino, Nicole Uy, Jonathan Aldave, Olan Omiping, Erwin Sta. Maria, John Alcaraz, Alfie Grijaldo, Christian Luanzon, Harold Sta. Cruz, Jerome Paterno, Robert Sanz, Ronjay Enrile, Christopher Apaitan, Al Vergara, Jayson Roque, Philip Butel, Aaron Aban, Erian Daja, Chris Pacana, Manuel Caceres, Donald Dulay, Christian Gutierez and Bob Ilanga.

However, much of the attention is on Williams, an Oakland University in Detroit product who’s the object of a silent tug-of-war between Sta. Lucia and San Miguel.

"As far as I’m concerned I’m just happy at the opportunity to be in the draft. Whatever happens is whatever happens. Let God’s will be done. I just wanna be able to play in the PBA which I’ve been figuring to do all this time. I’m just ready to play in the league," said Williams after the recent RP-Lebanon game.

Williams addressed speculations he might opt to sit out one or two seasons if a ball club other than San Miguel drafts him.

"There are lots of talks going on. I’ve been hearing a lot of things," he said." But I just wanna focus on being able to play. I can’t really get deep into that. I just wanna see what happens."

But reports said Sta. Lucia is ready to tender Williams an offer he can’t refuse.

Team owner Excy Robles has reportedly given board representative Buddy Encarnado and coach Alfrancis Chua the green light to shed off the Realtors’ "homegrown" image to gain the services of the 6-foot-4 do-it-all player.

gameface_one
08-20-2006, 12:23 PM
Realtors still listening to offers for No. 1 pick


By Joel Orellana, The Manila Times Reporter
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One major trade could land sensational Filipino American pro aspirant Kelly Williams on a team other than Santa Lucia Realty.

Santa Lucia, which owns the top pick in the Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft Sunday, has been listening to numerous offers, but if no appeal is tempting enough, the Realtors will add Williams to their fold.

The Oakland University standout could emerge as this year’s No. 1 pick when the 2006-2007 season of the PBA officially kicks off Sunday with the annual draft at the Market! Market! Mall in Taguig City at 3 p.m.

Reports that Williams, who played for Magnolia in the Philippine Basketball League, might sit out if not drafted by any San Miguel Corp. team appeared to be just rumors, as the 6-foot-5 high-flying forward said he is ready to play on any team.

"I don’t wanna get caught up in the ins and outs of all those speculations. As far as I’m concerned, I’m just happy at the opportunity to be in the draft. Whatever happens is whatever happens. Let God’s will be done," said Williams.

Santa Lucia head coach Alfrancis Chua, who previously eyed Arwind Santos as their top pick when Williams’ citizenship papers were not yet in order, said they will definitely add the Filipino American to add athleticism to their front court.

Picking at No. 2 is Air21, which is still undecided on who to select, though the logical choice should be Santos, the two-time Most Valuable Player in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.

But Express team manager Lito Alvarez told Sports Times on Friday that they are also looking at De La Salle University’s Joseph Yeo and Philippine Christian University standout Gabby Espinas.

Coca-Cola, which lost big men Rafi Reavis, Billy Mamaril and the rights to Rudy Hatfield in a controversial three-team trade, has the option to give its No. 3 pick to San Miguel Beer.

But team insiders said that Tigers mentor Binky Favis might keep the pick and pluck Mark Isip, Santos’ teammate on the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, to add depth to their front line.

The Beermen have the fourth pick, from a trade with Air21 for their 2008 first-round pick, and No. 5, and are expected to corner point guard LA Tenorio with either pick.

Santa Lucia will again select at No. 6, and may use this on a point guard, as Fil-Am Alex Cabagnot is still nowhere to be found. With Tenorio probably gone at that point, Chua may pick either Boyet Bautista of Letran or projected draft sleeper Ronnie Bughao of San Beda College.

Alaska owns the No. 7 selection, and coach Tim Cone, who recently had his contract renewed, is looking for a big man that can help the Aces on the frontcourt. The draftee would replace bruiser Reynel Hugnatan, who is out for a few months with a torn ACL.

Talk ’N Text then follows at No. 8, with coach Derrick Pumaren also shopping for a tall man. Philippine Cup champion Purefoods Chunkee selects at No. 9, and new PBA member Welcoat Paints rounds up the first round with the 10th pick.

The Welcoat Dragons will start the draft’s second round, followed by the Phone Pals, Realtors, the Tigers, Express, Coke again for two in a row from a three-way trade—the picks were originally from San Miguel and Ginebra—then the Aces, Red Bull and the Giants.

Among the other top prospects in the pool are Christian Luanzon, Aaron Aban, Abby Santos, Chico Lanete and Mark Magsumbol.

Other hopefuls in the draft pool are Rodel Mallari, Ferdinand Daa, Paul Reguera, Ryan Rizada, Frederick Rodriguez, Ryan Cristobal, Ariel de Castro, Richard Alonzo, Jireh Ibanes, Magnum Membrere, Marlon Kalaw, Orvie Vidad, Glenn Perseveranda; Michael Gavino, Nicole Uy, Jonathan Aldave, Olan Omiping, Erwin Santa Maria, John Alcaraz, Alfie Grijaldo, Mark Andaya, Harold Santa Cruz, Jerome Paterno, Robert Sanz, Ronjay Enrile, Christopher Apaitan; Al Vergara, Jayson Roque, Philip Butel, Erian Daja, Chris Pacana, Manuel Caceres, Donald Dulay, Christian Gutierez and Bob Ilanga.

gameface_one
08-20-2006, 12:25 PM
What to know about D-Day
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 08/20/2006

There will be 20 players chosen in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) draft at the Market! Market! Activity Center in the Fort this afternoon and 27 others in the rookie pool will become unrestricted free agents after two rounds of selection.

Some draft applicants are actually hoping they won’t be picked. Those who won’t be drafted are free to negotiate with teams of their choice.

Those who are picked must come to terms with the teams that chose them or else sit out the season, without pay, and apply for next year’s draft all over again.

So don’t shed tears for the 27 "undesirables." Their consolation is they’ll be able to try out for the teams of their choice, not the other way around.

The D-Day (Draft Day) program starts at 3 p.m. Outgoing PBA chairman Ely Capacio of San Miguel Beer, who coached Purefoods to the 1991 All-Filipino championship, will be given a plaque of appreciation for a job well done during his one-year term. Incoming PBA chairman Ricky Vargas of Talk ‘N’ Text and PBA commissioner Noli Eala will speak about the coming season. And newcomer Welcoat, whose team will be called the Dragons and coached by Leo Austria, will be introduced to the fans via an audiovisual presentation.

Surprise entertainment numbers by big showbiz stars are also in the afternoon bill.

The list of draft eligibles is down from 55 to 47. Struck out was 5-7 Chris Apaitan of Maguindanao, a no-show in the rookie camp. Apaitan, 29, begged for a chance to be included in the draft and with tears in his eyes, submitted his application at the PBA office after a verbal tussle with security guards who couldn’t believe he was a rookie applicant, judging from the size of his stomach.

Withdrawing from the original cast were Philippine Basketball League MVP Joe Devance of the University of Texas at El Paso, former PBA cager Eric Reyes’ nephew Robbie, Alex Davin who has played for the City College of New York and in Norway (he’ll try his luck in Europe instead) and 6-5 University of the East center Angel Raymundo (no relation to Kerby although they look alike).

Jun-Jun Cabatu, Jay-R Reyes and Jay Sagad were also scratched from the roster after they were selected by Welcoat as direct-hires from the rookie pool as a concession to the expansion franchise. * * *
The drafting order in the first round is as follows: Sta. Lucia Realty, Air21, Coca-Cola (the slot may still be given to San Miguel to complete a previous three-way trade with Air21 involving Dale Singson and Gary David), San Miguel (acquired from Air21), San Miguel, Sta. Lucia (acquired from Ginebra), Alaska, Talk ‘N’ Text (acquired from Alaska via Red Bull in the Rich Alvarez trade), Purefoods and Welcoat.

The second round order is as follows: Welcoat, Coca-Cola (acquired from Talk ‘N’ Text), Sta. Lucia, Coca-Cola, Air21, Coca-Cola (acquired from Ginebra via San Miguel), Coca-Cola (acquired from Ginebra), Alaska, Red Bull and Purefoods.

Unless a trade is consummated before the draft, Ginebra will not pick at all in both rounds. However, the Kings managed to shake up their lineup in the offseason by trading for Rafi Reavis, Billy Mamaril and Rudy Hatfield’s rights while giving up Kalani Ferreria, Aris Dimaunahan, Ervin Sotto and Manny Ramos.

If Coca-Cola decides to use its first round pick, the Tigers may end up with five choices overall—including four in the second round. * * *
Of the 46 players who attended the recent rookie camp, the tallest was 6-7 3/16 Mark Andaya and the shortest was 5-5 3/4 Boyet Bautista. Only six players were measured at least 6-4–Andaya, 6-6 1/2 Reyes, 6-5 Philip Butel, 6-4 1/4 Michael Gavino, 6-4 Gabby Espinas and 6-4 Cabatu.

The heaviest was 250-pound Gavino. Aside from Gavino, five tipped the scales at over 220 pounds–Cabatu, Ariel de Castro, Sagad, Andaya and Ferdinand Daa.

Standing less than six feet were 18 rookies, including Joseph Yeo.

Six players boasted of wingspans of at least 200 inches–Andaya, Butel, Espinas, Rodel Mallari, Reyes and Arwind Santos.

Topping the list with 52 uninterrupted pushups were Don Dulay and Ronnie Bughao. Aaron Aban had the highest vertical leap at 11 feet and three inches with Mark Isip close behind at 11-1. Five players had at least 27 repetitions in the bench press–Christian Gutierrez (33), Harold Sta. Cruz (29), Gavino (29), Dulay (27) and Frederick Rodriguez (27).

Only nine players posted at least 10 straight pull-ups with Gutierrez notching 22 and Bughao 15 to lead the pack.

Arwind Santos, L. A. Tenorio, Kelly Williams and Yeo skipped the rookie camp because they were recruited for the national team that played in Qatar. * * *
Among the 47 applicants, 10 indicated in their resumes they’re married, namely, Espinas, Sagad, Sta. Cruz, Paul Reguera, Rodriguez, Erlan Daja, Manuel Caceres, Mallari, Alfie Grijaldo and Bob Cozy (not Cousy) Ilanga. Four players–Arwind Santos, Chris Pacana, Ryan Rizada and Erwin Sta. Maria–did not fill in the blank for civil status.

One player, Orvie Vidad, wrote "Filipino" under civil status. Vidad was born here but was raised and played hoops in England. His Filipino parents are both British citizens.

Letran is the No. 1 school with the most rookie applicants at eight–Jonathan Aldave, John Alcaraz, Sta. Cruz, Bautista, Aban, Andaya, Rodriguez and Ronjay Enrile. The University of the Philippines is next with four, namely, Jireh Ibanez, Abby Santos, Gavino and Reyes.

Four applicants were born in the US–Williams (the only rookie with NCAA Division I credentials, he played at Oakland University in Michigan), Pacana, Dulay and Christian Luanzon. And eight have played for schools or clubs overseas–Mark Magsumbol for the American Basketball Association team San Jose Skyrockets, Williams, Pacana, Glenn Perseveranda (Solano College in Suisun, California), Vidad, Dulay, Reguera (Indonesia) and Gutierrez.

Shoo-ins for the draft include Williams, Arwind Santos, Tenorio, Yeo, Isip, and Espinas. Darkhorse picks are Dulay, Pacana, Magsumbol, Abby Santos, Rizada, Andaya, Bughao, Chico Lanete, Bautista, Enrile, Robert Sanz and Aban.

cub
08-20-2006, 06:35 PM
2006 PBA Draft First Round Picks

Sta. Lucia Kelly Williams
Air21 Arwind Santos
Coke Joseph Yeo
San Miguel La Tenorio
San Miguel Gabby Espinas
Sta. Lucia Mark Isip
Alaska Aaron Aban
Talk n Text Mark Andaya
Purefoods Boyet Bautista
Welcoat Abby Santos

cub
08-20-2006, 07:01 PM
2nd round

Welcoat Jireh Ibañes
Coke RJ Rizada
Sta. Lucia Mark Magsumbol
Coke Manuel Caceres
Coke Chris Pacana
Coke Mike Gavino
Coke Ronjay Enrile
Alaska Christian Luanzon
Red Bull Magnum Membrere
Purefoods Ollan Omiping

person
08-20-2006, 07:34 PM
can't believe Red Bull got another Atenean...They passed up on paterno, uy, sanz, alcaraz...what's up with that..ollan omiping got picked???he wasn't that impressive during the rookie draft...i don't like it when guy's get passed up just because the star players of the teams drafting get to pick their buddies...

mangtsito
08-20-2006, 08:14 PM
can't believe Red Bull got another Atenean......i don't like it when guy's get passed up just because the star players of the teams drafting get to pick their buddies...


Riiiight...... did you mean the 4 Ateneans in Red Bull?* I wasn't aware that management voting was one of their privileges in the Red Bull team. ;)

bluebruiser90
08-20-2006, 08:22 PM
At the 19th and 20th pick, teams can gamble a lot and be creative. *There's no saying that these two won't pan out. Larry Fonacier is the best case in point. Besides, everybody else can try out with any team as free agents. *Don't be surprised if they can earn spots through free agent try outs.

Did the Letran boys get a record of some sort by having three of them drafted in the first round and four over all?

Welcoat suddenly has a UP feel to it with Abby Santos and Jireh Ibanes joining former Maroon JR Reyes.

Coke will have a de facto expansion team look with the number of rookies that they will bring in. *They may not just be done yet as there are still a couple of available talent in the rookie free agent pool. *A point guard seems to be at the top of their shopping list to back stop Denok Miranda. I'm still betting that Ronnie Bughao will make it to a PBA team. He's built for the league and has the skills for the pro game.

christian
08-20-2006, 09:01 PM
did jerome paterno and ronnie bughao got drafted?

Jaco D
08-20-2006, 10:22 PM
can't believe Red Bull got another Atenean......i don't like it when guy's get passed up just because the star players of the teams drafting get to pick their buddies...


Riiiight......* did you mean the 4 Ateneans in Red Bull?* I wasn't aware that management voting was one of their privileges in the Red Bull team. ;)


Hmmm.* Ito bang si Guiao may degree in sports medicine and knows something we don't?* He gets Paolo, Larry and Magnum - all reformed ACL statistics.* The first two have proven themselves beyond everyone's expectations.* Magnum, just like the other two has silently shown that he's back.

Sinong pipiliin sunod ni Yeng?* Si Ford* ;)?

freak
08-20-2006, 10:57 PM
can't believe Red Bull got another Atenean...They passed up on paterno, uy, sanz, alcaraz...what's up with that..ollan omiping got picked???he wasn't that impressive during the rookie draft...i don't like it when guy's get passed up just because the star players of the teams drafting get to pick their buddies...


really? after a good season by Larry and Bugs.. and after Magnum's good showing during the rookie camp, you were surprised that Yeng Guiao took in another Atenean? ::)

binocular
08-20-2006, 11:11 PM
did jerome paterno and ronnie bughao got drafted?


nope, they were not drafted. other notables who were not selected: chico lanete, chad alonzo and rob sanz.

gameface_one
08-21-2006, 11:19 AM
Williams is PBA’s top pick

Fil-Am cager says he will sign with Realtors

By Noli Cruz
mb.com.ph



Kelly Williams was at the second floor of Market! Market! with buddy and former professional player Rob Johnson minutes before the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Draft.


"I’m just trying to relax," he said with a ready smile while accommodating autograph-seekers.

The Sta. Lucia Realtors calmed him down quick, naming him as this year’s top overall pick and putting him in comforts of a brand new team jacket as thousands of spectators gathered above and around the Activity Center of the biggest mall in Taguig.

His proud Cebuana mother, the former Andrea Pasco, hugged him at the backstage after his name was called.

"It’s a big honor for me to be part of this draft and to play in the PBA soon," Williams said.

He quickly quashed reports that he wouldn’t sign up to a team other than San Miguel, saying that he’s excited to learn about the Realtors.

"I’m not quite familiar with them, but I hope to fit in and contribute right away," said Williams.

The 24-year-old from Detroit, Michigan can get a maximum P150,000 on the first year of his contract with a 50-percent increase on the succeeding years until he reaches the P350,000 ceiling.

Williams first caught the fancy of local basketball fans when he suited up and had immediate impact with a superstar-laden national team.

He proceeded to lead Magnolia to a championship in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), where he was named as the Finals MVP.

"We like his versatility. He can play the 2-5 positions with ease," said Sta. Lucia coach Alfrancis Chua. "They also said that he’s very coachable."

Chua said he made up his mind to pick Williams three days before the draft with the blessing of team manager Buddy Encarnado. The Realtors also got big man Mark Isip in the first round as the sixth overall pick and shooter Mark Magsumbol in the second round.

Arwind Santos, initially the apple of the eye of the Realtors, wound up with the Air21 Express as the second overall pick. "Getting Arwind at No. 2 is like getting him at No. 1," said Air21 coach Bo Perasol.

High-scoring guard Joseph Yeo was picked third overall by the Coca-Cola Tigers. He is one of six rookies selected in the draft by the rebuilding squad.

The Tigers got five in the second round – Ryan Rizada (12th), Manuel Caceres (14th), Chris Pacana (15th), Michael Gavino (16th) and Ronjay Enrile (17th).

Former Ateneo playmaker L.A. Tenorio, as expected, landed at the San Miguel Beermen as fourth pick. The Beermen also tapped former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ROY/MVP Gabby Espinas at No. 5.

Three Letran Knights were chosen in the first round, Aaron Aban by the Alaska Aces at No. 7, Mark Andaya by the Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals at No. 8, and Boyet Bautista by the Purefoods Chunkee Giants at No. 9.

The Giants also netted a topnotch guard in the second round in former University of the East Warrior Olan Omiping (20th).

Newcomer Welcoat Dragons exercised their first ever pick on former University of the Philippines slotman Abby Santos. Another former Maroon Jireh Ibañez was the first choice of the Dragons in the second round.

The other players selected in the draft supported by X-treme Magic Sing, Popoy’s Grill, Ginebra San Miguel, Gatorade, Converese, Bros Burger and Magnolia were Christian Luanzon (Alaska) and Magnum Membrere (Red Bull).

The teams have until Friday to give a tender offer to the rookies they’ve drafted.

gameface_one
08-21-2006, 11:20 AM
Realtors pick Williams; Air21 settles for Santos


By June Navarro
Inquirer
Last updated 03:36am (Mla time) 08/21/2006

Published on page A27 of the August 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

KELLY WILLIAMS was an easy choice for Sta. Lucia Realty.

The Realtors made the flamboyant 6-foot-5 Filipino-American this year’s No. 1 overall pick yesterday in the 2006 PBA Rookie Draft at the Market! Market! activity center in Taguig City.

“Everybody knows that Kelly is the best player in the amateurs,” said Sta. Lucia coach Alfrancis Chua, whose Realtors wound up dead last in the team rankings the previous season.

“Other coaches have been telling us that he’s really coachable. He’s very athletic and could play the off-guard, small forward and power forward positions.”

Williams, whose mother Andrea Pasco Williams hails from Cebu province, has been assured of a five-year contract that, among others, guarantees him the maximum monthly salary of P350,000 in the last three years.

“We’ve given long contracts to other players,” said Sta. Lucia governor Buddy Encarnado. “I see no reason why we can’t give a longer contract to Kelly. We’ve been saving all these years for this. Now is the time to spend.”

The offer to Williams, estimated at P17.9 million, could be the longest pact in recent memory since Kenneth Duremdes signed a seven-year deal in 2000, three years before the teams started cutting down on operational expenses.

“I’m going to give all that I’ve got on the court for Sta. Lucia and, hopefully, I could bring what this team needs,” said the 24-year-old Williams, who could earn the maximum rookie salary of P150,000 and P225,000 on his sophomore season.

Rumors of Williams holding out for a year should San Miguel Beer fail to snatch him from the freshman lottery came to an end when Sta. Lucia and San Miguel officials shook hands after the draft.

Selecting second overall, Air21 picked up Far Eastern University stalwart Arwind Santos as expected while Coca-Cola, which owns the No. 3 pick, took Joseph Yeo of De La Salle University.

“Picking Arwind at No. 2 is also like picking him at No. 1,” said Air21 coach Bo Perasol, who solidified his frontline even more with the 6-foot-4 Santos joining bigmen Yancy De Ocampo, Ervin Sotto and Ranidel De Ocampo.

San Miguel Beer exercised its fourth pick on Ateneo de Manila University’s LA Tenorio and tabbed 2004 NCAA rookie-MVP Gabby Espinas of Philippine Christian University at fifth overall.

Sta. Lucia snagged FEU center Mark Isip at No. 6 to complement Williams, Isip’s teammate at Magnolia in the Philippine Basketball League.

Alaska made Letran’s Aaron Aban seventh overall while Aban’s college teammates 6-foot-7 Mark Andaya and point guard Boyet Bautista went to Talk ‘N Text and Purefoods, respectively.

Welcoat, the newest team in the league, wrapped up the first round by snaring Abby Santos of University of the Philippines. The Dragons also opened the second round by drafting another Maroon in Jireh Ibañez.

The Coca-Cola Tigers, who had one first-rounder and five second round picks, chose FEU’s RJ Rizada at 12th, PSBA’s Manuel Caceres at 14th, Chris Pacana of St. Francis at 15th, UP’s Michael Gavino at 16th and Letran’s Ronjay Enrile at 17th.

The Realtors used their 13th pick overall on Mark Magsumbol of College of St. Benilde, the Aces drafted University of Santo Tomas’s Christian Luanzon at 18th while Ateneo’s Magnum Membrere was selected at 19th overall by Red Bull.

Purefoods finished the rookie exercise, sponsored this year by Xtreme Magic Sing, Popoy’s Grill, Ginebra, Converse, Gatorade, Master, Brothers Burger, Mr. Softy and Magnolia, by picking UE’s Ollan Omiping at the end of the second round.

gameface_one
08-21-2006, 11:20 AM
Williams key to title hopes — SLR
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 08/21/2006

Sta. Lucia Realty board representative Buddy Encarnado gamely predicted a championship is now around the corner for the team after formally getting the signing rights on prized Fil-Am player Kelly Williams yesterday.

Also picking reliable players Mark Isip and Mark Magsumbol in the 2006 PBA Rookie Draft, Encarnado said: "Now, I have a team and we’re looking forward for a competitive campaign this season."

Encarnado ruled out the possibility of Williams going somewhere else as he intends to offer the Detroit, Michigan native a lucrative, long-term deal.

When asked by one writer if they can offer the 6-foot-4 all-round player a three-year contract, Encarnado said: "What’s in my mind actually is better than three years. I’m thinking of five years involving the maximum pay. Nakwenta ko na iyan. It’s P17.9 million. Yan na ang offer para wala ng mahabang usapan."

It’s practically a done deal with Encarnado shaking hands with San Miguel top bossman Henry Cojuangco, SMC basketball operation chief Robert Non and San Miguel coach Chot Reyes after the well-attended draft exercise held at the Market! Market! in Taguig.

"No less than Mr. Cojuangco told me that I should draft Kelly not just for the good of my team but the league. I told the San Miguel people, in return, that I will take good care of him," said Encarnado.

Reyes personally recruited Williams in the US to play for the national team. The 24-year-old former Oakland University-Detroit mainstay later played for Magnolia in the PBL.

Williams, whose mother Andrea Pasco is from Cebu, said he’s happy to make it to the country’s pro league.

"I’m excited to be in the league. It feels great and I just hope to bring the best I can and do to the best of my ability whatever is asked of me on the court," said Williams, who could well become Sta. Lucia’s franchise player in the near future.

Sta. Lucia landed Isip at No. 6 and Magsumbol at No. 13 in the draft exercise sponsored by Extreme Magic Sing, Popoy’s Grill, Ginebra San Miguel, Converse, Master, Magnolia, Gatorade, Brothers Burger and Mr. Softy.

Air21 picked FEU’s Arwind Santos at No. 2, Coca-Cola enlisted Joseph Yeo at No. 3 then San Miguel took in LA Tenorio and Gabby Espinas at Nos. 4 and 5 before Sta. Lucia got Isip.

"Okay lang sa akin kahit No. 2 lang ako. I’m happy to be with Air21. Masarap doon at siguradong magulo kami nila (Ronald) Tubid, (Niño) Canaleta at Ranidel (De Ocampo) na nakasama ko sa national team," said Santos.

"Picking Santos at No. 2 is like picking him at No. 1," said Air21 coach Bo Perasol.

Coca-Cola provided surprise in the draft by picking Yeo over big men Isip or Espinas at No. 3. The team went home with the most number of picks with six in all as the Tigers also drafted JR Rizada at No. 12, Manuel Caceres at No. 14, Chris Pacana at No. 15, Michael Gavino at No. 16 and Ronjay Enrile at No. 17.

The Tigers could be embarking on a massive facelift following the departure of big men Rafi Reavis and Billy Mamaril for Ginebra.

Rounding up the first-round draftees were No. 7 Aaron Aban for Alaska Milk, No. 8 Mark Andaya for Talk n Text, No. 9 Boyet Bautista for Purefoods and No. 10 Abby Santos for Welcoat.

Other players taken in the second round were No. 11 Jireh Ibanes (Welcoat), No. 18 Christian Luanzon (Alaska), No. 19 Magnum Membrere (Red Bull) and No. 20 Olan Omiping (Purefoods).

DRAFT NOTES: PBA commissioner Noli Eala noted the annual draft has gone full circle with Junjun Cabatu automatically elevated to the pro league by Welcoat. The draft started in 1995 with Junjun’s father Santiago or Sonny picked No. 1 overall by Shell… Coca-Cola exercised six draft rights, four of which they acquired on trade deals. The Tigers even made a trade deal on the floor, acquiring the Express’ No. 15 pick in exchange for Coke’s second-round pick next year… Williams said he’s still looking for somebody who will represent him in his deals. However, he may not need an agent in his negotiation with Sta. Lucia since the ball club is to offer him the maximum package for five years. He stands to get P150,000 a month this year, P225,000 next year, P337,500 in 2008 and P350,000 in 2009-2010.

gameface_one
08-21-2006, 11:21 AM
Sta. Lucia taps Williams as No. 1 pick


By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter
abs-cbnnews.com



Santa Lucia Realty made Kelly Williams its No. 1 overall pick in the Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft Sunday at the Market! Market! in Taguig City.

And in a decision that took other teams by surprise, the Realtors told the 6-foot-5 high-flying forward can stay with the team "forever" if he wants to.

"People in Cebu will be cursing us if we don’t pick him. This is the best thing that happened to the team. We’ve been saving for quite some time and it’s now time to spend," Sta. Lucia team manager Buddy Encarnado said minutes after making Williams the top draft pick.

It was the first time in recent years that Sta. Lucia broke tradition by choosing a Filipino-American, passing up the opportunity to recruit former Far Eastern University star Arwind Santos.

There were rumors earlier that the Oakland University standout, a recruit by national team coach Chot Reyes in Detroit, would sit out if not drafted by any San Miguel Corp. squad—the company of his team in the Philippine Basketball League.

But Williams apparently was happy in winding up with Sta. Lucia, saying: "I’m just excited to be here. I’ll do whatever the coaching staff wants me to do. It’s really a great feeling."

Moments after his name was called, Williams, 24, was hugged warmly by his Cebuana mother, Andrea de Castro.

Encarnado said that the team is ready to give Williams a five-year maximum contract worth almost P18 million.

"We often give our players the three-year maximum contract and he’s the best player in the draft, why not give him the maximum? He really deserves it," added Encarnado, who also got Mark Isip at No. 6 in the first round and Mark Magsumbol at No. 13 overall in the second round.

Santos, a two-time Most Valuable Player in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, was selected No. 2 overall by Air21, although though weeks before the draft, the Pampanga-born forward was being groomed to be the top rookie choice.

"That’s beyond me. God may have other plans that’s why I’m here," said 24-year old Santos, who will probably wear jersey No. 29 or 55, since his favorite No. 19 belongs to Wynnie Arboleda.

Probably the biggest surprise of the draft was made by Coca-Cola, which plucked De La Salle University acrobat Joseph Yeo at No. 3 overall. There were those who thought Coke coach Binky Favis would go for a big man with the departure of Billy Mamaril and Rafi Reavis in the team.

San Miguel Beer, now under coach Chot Reyes, made Ateneo de Manila University’s Lewis Alfred Tenorio as its No. 4 overall selection then tabbed Philippine Christian University’s Gabby Espinas at No. 5.

"San Miguel was last in fast break points and rebounding last season and that’s why we got these two guys," said Reyes. "Of course, we’re not getting any younger."

Alaska took in Aaron Abon of Letran at No. 7 then selected Christian Luanzon in the second round at No. 18 overall.

Talk ’N Text went for the 6-foot-8 behemoth Mark Andaya, Aban’s teammate with the Knights.

Purefoods picked another Letran standout Boyet Bautista at No. 9 then newcomer Welcoat Paints made Abby Santos as the franchise’s first rookie draft at No. 10 .

The Dragons, who were officially welcomed in the event, elevated Junjun Cabatu, Jay-R Reyes and Jay Sagad to the team. They took in another Fighting Maroon in Jireh Ibanez as their No. 11 overall pick.

The Tigers made a draft-record five selections in the second round, plucking in Ryan Rizada (No. 12), MC Caceres (No. 14), Chris Pacana (No. 15) in a trade with the Express for Coke’s 2007 second round pick, Michael Gavino (No. 16) and Ronjay Enrile (No. 17).

Red Bull once more took in another Blue Eagle in Magnum Membrere as the draft’s No. 19 overall pick while the Giants had the other surprise of the event when they selected Olan Omiping to close out the draft. Omiping was a teammate of Purefoods’ main man James Yap in the University of the East.

Barangay Ginebra was the only team that did not made a selection in the draft sponsored Xtreme Magic Sing, Popoy’s Grill, Ginebra, Converse, Gatorade, Brothers Burger, Mr. Softy, Waffle Time and Magnolia Ice Cream.

person
08-21-2006, 05:03 PM
can't believe Red Bull got another Atenean...They passed up on paterno, uy, sanz, alcaraz...what's up with that..ollan omiping got picked???he wasn't that impressive during the rookie draft...i don't like it when guy's get passed up just because the star players of the teams drafting get to pick their buddies...


really? after a good season by Larry and Bugs.. and after Magnum's good showing during the rookie camp, you were surprised that Yeng Guiao took in another Atenean? ::)

well larry did have a good rookie season...but i don't think bugs had a good season...najorda had a better season than bugs...magnum was not the only one who showed he could play...their were uy, paterno, sanz, lanete, grijaldo...these guys would fit perfectly with red bull as well...that means if magnum will play,, then the playing time of bagiuo, valenzuela, cruz and najorda will be reduced...and these guys were also instrumental to Red Bull's championship run this past year...

Posterized
08-21-2006, 05:19 PM
Are you serious about Najorda playing better than Bugia? Najorda drafted higher than the two Red Bull ateneans wasn't able to do anything significant. He would score a little every game by shooting a lot while turning the ball over numerous times. He can't defend the post because he's undersized nor can he cover the wing because he's not too quick. On offense, he has a weak handle, and a trying-hard perimeter game. He has good footwork in the shaded area but his height is to his disadvantage. Bugia, on the other hand, would play to his strengths. He shoots the ball from the perimeter consistently and has a good dribble that enables him to drive to the basket. He's able to relieve Rico or Mick since he can take care of his own in the post. Kung uulitin lang yung draft at sila pa rin kukuhain ng RB, dapat ang order ay Fonacier, Bugia tapos Najorda.

About the drafting of Magnum, there is a rumor that RB is shopping Lordy around, so the pick probably justifies the chismis.

brian
08-21-2006, 06:00 PM
imo, najorda did play much better than bugia the past conferences. however, bugia did a better job in the last conference. nawala si najorda dito..

now let's all see in 3 1/2 days, to be exact, who of the current draftees would be extended offer sheets by their respective ballclubs...

jkad
08-21-2006, 06:02 PM
How does the drafting of Espinas affect his eligibility in the ongoing NCAA tourney? or does it?

oca
08-21-2006, 06:02 PM
did jerome paterno and ronnie bughao got drafted?


Made a call to one who witnessed the camp and who was at D-Day, what he shared to me were -

Paterno was considered very "mestizo"-- alanganin 4 or 3. Small at 4 and slow at 3. May nagbulong daw dapat *i-adjust niya ang game niya. Problem now is, may gagamit ba sa kanya full time at 3, or give him a break at 2 spot - and develop his game while at the PBL --w/c will be a long process. No chance to play 4 at the PBA.

Bughao, was deemed "hilaw" base on the number of years he ACTUALLY played collegiate ball.

My friend said if the drafting were for 3 rounds at least, this two would have been picked, as teams would want to lock on their rights on these two, as both are considered very promising.

But with just 2 rounds, no chance to pick for the purpose of gaining rights on a player.

oca
08-21-2006, 06:06 PM
How does the drafting of Espinas affect his eligibility in the ongoing NCAA tourney? or does it?


Base on precedent, all CURRENT NCAA players who were drafted - ESPINAS/PCU, ABAN and BAUTISTA of LETRAN, will be allowed to finish their season with their respective schools.

Last year, the same happened to NAJORDA/ SSC-R.

Established na ang rule na yan, kaya wala ng complications.

Posterized
08-21-2006, 06:19 PM
imo, najorda did play much better than bugia the past conferences. however, bugia did a better job in the last conference. nawala si najorda dito..


Huh? E nakakadalawang conference pa lang yang mga yan.

brian
08-21-2006, 07:27 PM
eh di ung unang conference mas maganda ang pinakita ni najorda..last conference mas maganda pinakita ni bugia.

freak
08-21-2006, 08:00 PM
How does the drafting of Espinas affect his eligibility in the ongoing NCAA tourney? or does it?


yep.. im curious about this too.. the inquiry will also include other current NCAA players (Baustista,Aban..)


oops.. sorry, I overlooked oca's post.. my bad ;D

mangtsito
08-21-2006, 08:08 PM
can't believe Red Bull got another Atenean...They passed up on paterno, uy, sanz, alcaraz...what's up with that..ollan omiping got picked???he wasn't that impressive during the rookie draft...i don't like it when guy's get passed up just because the star players of the teams drafting get to pick their buddies...


really? after a good season by Larry and Bugs.. and after Magnum's good showing during the rookie camp, you were surprised that Yeng Guiao took in another Atenean? ::)

well larry did have a good rookie season...but i don't think bugs had a good season...najorda had a better season than bugs...magnum was not the only one who showed he could play...their were uy, paterno, sanz, lanete, grijaldo...these guys would fit perfectly with red bull as well...that means if magnum will play,, then the playing time of bagiuo, valenzuela, cruz and najorda will be reduced...and these guys were also instrumental to Red Bull's championship run this past year...


Ok, so I guess you were just exag on saying that the 4 Ateneans in RB actually had a hand in Membrere's drafting. *

Laying the "blame" on those 4 guys just to show your displeasure for La Sallite Yeng Guiao's decision to pick Membrere really does not make sense.

Joescoundrel
08-21-2006, 08:24 PM
did jerome paterno and ronnie bughao got drafted?


nope, they were not drafted. other notables who were not selected: chico lanete, chad alonzo and rob sanz.


Paterno and Bughao not getting drafted did not surprise me. Lanete and Alonzo not getting drafted did not surprise me. Rob Sanz not getting drafted, hmm... now THAT surprised me!

Wang-Bu
08-21-2006, 08:43 PM
Kahit ako nagtaka na walang kumuha kay Rob Sanz. 6'4" at 185 pounds si Sanz, marunong magbaba ng bola kahit may press, may pukol sa labas, nakapanalo na ng kampeonato sa NCAA, hasa na din sa PBL, marunong maglaro ng 3 at 2, matino naman sa depensa. Higit sa lahat meron siyang masasabing fan base na talaga namang loyalista sa kanya. Ano pa bang kulang kay Sanz? Tancha ko lang baka nagkamali lang ng timing sa pagpapa-draft si Sanz. Mukhang wala masyado nangailangan ng 3/2 sa draft.

Tama sinabi nung isang miyembro natin dito: kulang pa nga sina Paterno at Bughao. Si Paterno magaling na manlalaro pero totoo namang mestiso masyado laro niya, alanganing 4 alanganing 3, duda pa nga ako kung kaya niyang maging 2. Si Bughao naman talagang kulang pang exposure para seryosong mapansin ng mga PBA scout. Bagama't sikat si Bughao sa ating mga hardcore fans wala naman siya masyadong pinakita sa PBL at hindi na nga siya nakalaro sa UAAP, bukod pa sa mga naging bintang at bulong-bulungan sa kanya dati.

Sina Lanete at Alonzo naman mukhang forever hanggang PBL na lang. Magaling silang manlalaro pero ewan lang kung sapat ang galing nila para maging player sa PBA. Si Lanete 1/2 pero wala siyang lakas, bilis, lundag, pagdala at pukol ng isang Mark Caguioa o Jay Helterbrand. Si Alonzo naman maliit na 4, parang si Jerwin Gaco. Mahirap isiping kaya niyang makipagsabayan sa mga halimaw na 4 sa PBA. Wala naman siyang masyadong pinakita na kaya niyang maging 2/1, ang mas angkop sa kanyang puwesto sa PBA gawa ng kakulangan niya sa tangkad.

chocoks77
08-21-2006, 08:51 PM
Kahit ako nagtaka na walang kumuha kay Rob Sanz. 6'4" at 185 pounds si Sanz, marunong magbaba ng bola kahit may press, may pukol sa labas, nakapanalo na ng kampeonato sa NCAA, hasa na din sa PBL, marunong maglaro ng 3 at 2, matino naman sa depensa. Higit sa lahat meron siyang masasabing fan base na talaga namang loyalista sa kanya. Ano pa bang kulang kay Sanz? Tancha ko lang baka nagkamali lang ng timing sa pagpapa-draft si Sanz. Mukhang wala masyado nangailangan ng 3/2 sa draft.

Tama sinabi nung isang miyembro natin dito: kulang pa nga sina Paterno at Bughao. Si Paterno magaling na manlalaro pero totoo namang mestiso masyado laro niya, alanganing 4 alanganing 3, duda pa nga ako kung kaya niyang maging 2. Si Bughao naman talagang kulang pang exposure para seryosong mapansin ng mga PBA scout. Bagama't sikat si Bughao sa ating mga hardcore fans wala naman siya masyadong pinakita sa PBL at hindi na nga siya nakalaro sa UAAP, bukod pa sa mga naging bintang at bulong-bulungan sa kanya dati.

Sina Lanete at Alonzo naman mukhang forever hanggang PBL na lang. Magaling silang manlalaro pero ewan lang kung sapat ang galing nila para maging player sa PBA. Si Lanete 1/2 pero wala siyang lakas, bilis, lundag, pagdala at pukol ng isang Mark Caguioa o Jay Helterbrand. Si Alonzo naman maliit na 4, parang si Jerwin Gaco. Mahirap isiping kaya niyang makipagsabayan sa mga halimaw na 4 sa PBA. Wala naman siyang masyadong pinakita na kaya niyang maging 2/1, ang mas angkop sa kanyang puwesto sa PBA gawa ng kakulangan niya sa tangkad.


Di kaya masyado na maraming 2/3 personnel ang bawat team?

Wang-Bu
08-21-2006, 08:55 PM
Hindi lang marami, abe, anlalaki pa. Sina John Arigo, Rob Wainwright, Tony Dela Cruz at Danny Siegle ay tinuturing na 2/3, at lahat sila'y nasa 6'5" ang tangkad, bukod pa sa kakaibang kumilos at pumukol. Kung mas maliit ka sa kanila o hindi ka kasinliksi, pihado yari ka na.

john_paul_manahan
08-21-2006, 09:15 PM
somehow, at the back of my mind, the barakos will go after magnum...

Posterized
08-21-2006, 09:20 PM
eh di ung unang conference mas maganda ang pinakita ni najorda..last conference mas maganda pinakita ni bugia.


Sorry, I don't have a per conference statistical record. Pero meron akong nakitang para sa buong season. At sa lagay ng nakita ko pantay na pantay nga ang kanila produksyon.

* * * * * * * * * *Najorda * * * * Bugia
Games * * * * * * 59 * * * * * * * 61
Mins/game * * *12.3 * * * * * *12.6
Starts * * * * * * *14 * * * * * * * 19
FG% * * * * * * *42.2 * * * * * *42.6
FT% * * * * * * *73.9 * * * * * *48.2
Pts/game * * * * 4.4 * * * * * * *4.0
Asts/game * * * *.7 * * * * * * * *.7
Rebs/game * * *2.2 * * * * * * *2.6
Stl/game * * * * *.3 * * * * * * * *.1
Blk/game * * * * *.1 * * * * * * * *.3
TOs/game * * * *.9 * * * * * * * *.8

Dikit talaga. Pero kailangan nating tandaan kung kailan ba sila kinuha sa draft nila. 1st rounder si Najorda, 15th pick si Bugia. Sa lagay noon dapat mas mataas ang produksyon ni Najorda pero dahil halos pareho lang sila ni Bugia, panindigan ko pa ring mas maganda ang laro ni Bugs. At sa lagay ngayong ng RB, talagang SF/PF ang pinapalaro sa kanya at siya huling ipinapasok ni Yeng samantalang si Bugia unang inaasahan ni Yeng na pumalit kay Villanueva at Pennisi.

cub
08-21-2006, 09:54 PM
SLR, WILLIAMS QUICKLY AGREE ON MAX 5-YR DEAL

Sta. Lucia Realty got a deal with prized Fil-Am catch Kelly Williams only hours after the 2006 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday.

In a dinner with the team after the Draft proceedings, Board representative Buddy Encarnado readily laid down his contract proposal for the former Oakland University-Detroit player. Kelly was with his Cebuana mother Andrea.

The morning after, Williams hired Alex Compton as his agent. Compton then reached an agreement with Encarnado for a princely P17 million deal spread over five years.

“In-offer ko na agad ang maximum pay for five years para tapos na agad ang usapan,” said Encarnado. “We’d been saving money the last few years. It’s now time to spend.”

“Approve sa kanila lahat ng proposal namin. We’ll formally close the deal Wednesday before the team leaves for Cebu,” Encarnado added.

Williams, the top pick in the 2006 Rookie Draft held at Market! Market! in Taguig, stands to receive the maximum pay for the next five years. He gets P150,000 a month this year, P225,000 next year, P337,500 in 2008 and P350,000 in the last two years of the pact.

Also drafting big man Mark Isip and forward Mark Magsumbol, Encarnado said he’s now got a team that can contend for the championship.

The Realtors have won a PBA crown just once since joining the league in 1993. They ruled the 2001 Governors Cup with Damien Owens as import.

“A championship is now around the corner for us,” Encarnado predicted after the Draft.

Over at Air21, Board representative and team manager Lito Alvarez said they intend to sign No. 2 pick Arwind Santos to a three-year contract worth P8.5 million.

Like Williams, Santos is to get the maximum pay allowed for a rookie this year, for a sophomore next year and for a third-year pro in 2008.

“Picking him at No. 2 is like picking him at No. 1. We’ll have no discussion, he’ll be given the maximum pay,” said Alvarez.

Alvarez is also excited with the team they’ve formed for the coming 2006-07 PBA season.

“Gary David and Ronald Tubid are returning from injury. We have good ceiling with Yancy (de Ocampo), Ranidel (de Ocampo), Ervin Sotto, Mark Telan, KG
Canaleta and Santos,” said Alvarez. (NC)

joelex
08-22-2006, 02:24 AM
membrere had an impressive performance during the rookie camp...there is at least some justification for this pick...unlike the 20th pick, Omiping. yun talaga UE connection na lang.

arjay_g
08-22-2006, 03:19 AM
tama ang sinabi ng isa nating kaibigan dito sa forums na ito. sa 19th at 20th pick, maaari ka nang mag-experimento dahil ibig sabihin, ang mga natirang manlalaro ay, sabihin na nating, hindi naman pang-star material, at lahat ay may kanya-kanya nang maibibigay para sa mga koponan. Kaya't and pagpili kay Membrere at Omiping, hindi na ito mashado pang dapat pinag-aawayan, dahil hindi naman ganoon kalaki ang epekto nito sa liga, gaya ng, ipagpalagay nating, kung mapili silang#1 at #2 draft picks samantalang maari pang makuha sana sina Kelly Williams at Arwind Santos. Hindi ba?

Ngayon, kung may galit ka lang sa Red Bull dahil sa tingin mo sinasadya nilang gawin na mala-Ateneo team ang kanilang koponan, eh wala na tayong magagawa dun. Kung gusto mo, magpadala ka ng pormal na reklamo sa kanilang tanggapan. Huwag mo naman sanang isisi ang mga pangyayari sa mga manlalaro nilang galing din sa Ateno, dahil hindi naman naka-saad sa kanilang kontrata na kasama sila sa pagpili ng mga manlalaro tuwing may rookie draft. Iyon lamang po.


Anyway, this reminds me of the NBA draft (I forgot which year), wherein the then Washington Bullets, drafted 5'3 Muggsy Bogues. It was widely criticized by many and was regarded just as a publicity stunt since the Bullets then had 7'6 Manute Bol (then, and I think still up to now, the tallest player ever to have played in the NBA) under contract. It was sort of confirmed when Washington traded Bogues to another team (Charlotte if i'm not mistaken). But look at how Bogues succeeded in the NBA? Yes, he wasn't really a "star" but he enjoyed a long and fruitful career in the NBA.

Now maybe, just maybe, Membrere was drafted for "publicity", who says he can't make it? Who says Olan can't make it? The fact that they've even been considered means they may be able to play. Siguro naman teams won't draft a player just because "kaibigan" sila ng isa sa mga players sa koponan. If that were the case, kahit siguro yung nagtitinda ng isaw sa kanto sa UP eh nakapaglaro na sa PBA.

gameface_one
08-22-2006, 07:45 AM
SLR, Williams okay P17-M deal; Arwind offered P8M
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 08/22/2006

The Sta. Lucia Realty management and top draft pick Kelly Williams reached an agreement for a megabuck P17-million deal over a period of five years less than 24 hours after the 2006 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday afternoon.

Over at Air21, board representative and team manager Lito Alvarez said they intend to sign No. 2 pick Arwind Santos to a three-year contract worth P8.5 million.

Sta. Lucia governor Buddy Encarnado presented their lucrative offer to Williams in a dinner with the team right after the drafting at the Metro Market! Market! in Taguig.

Yesterday morning, Encarnado had a talk with William’s newly hired agent Alex Compton, and the two parties virtually reached a deal.

"There’s no hitch in our talk. We formally close the deal and will present Williams to the media probably Wednesday," said Encarnado.

Williams, the 6-foot-4 all-around player out of Oakland University in Detroit, stands to receive the allowed maximum pay for the next five years. He gets P150,000 a month this year, P225,000 next year, P337,500 in 2008 and P350,000 in 2009-2010.

Also awaiting Williams is a rich bonus scheme. "Just like our normal employees, he’s entitled to bonuses and incentives," said Encarnado.

Also picking big man Mark Isip and forward Mark Magsumbol in the draft, Encarnado said he has now got a team that can contend for the championship.

The Realtors have won a PBA crown just once since joining the league in 1993. They ruled the 2001 Governors Cup with Damien Owens as import.

Like Williams, Santos is to get the maximum pay allowed for a rookie this year, for a sophomore next year and for a three-year pro in 2008.

"Picking him at No. 2 is like picking him at No. 1. We’ll have no discussion, he’ll be given the maximum pay," said Alvarez.

Alvarez is also excited with the team they’ve formed for the coming 2006-07 PBA season.

"Gary David and Ronald Tubid are returning from injury. We have good ceiling with Yancy (de Ocampo), Ranidel (de Ocampo), Mark Telan, KG Canaleta and Santos," said Alvarez.

"We’ll now be able to play with four big men and one small guy in Yancy, Ranidel, Canaleta, Santos and Wynne (Arboleda). Our coaches said it can be done because Canaleta and Santos can press and run with their height," Alvarez added.

gameface_one
08-22-2006, 07:46 AM
D-Day unveils rich harvest
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 08/22/2006

Even if there were only six of 47 rookie hopefuls standing at least 6-4, last Sunday’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) draft turned out to be a fruitful exercise for the league’s 10 teams that swooped down on 20 players over two rounds.

Five of the six "big" men were taken. Two were plucked by Welcoat outright in a concession to the newcomer franchise — 6-6 1/2 Jay-R Reyes and 6-4 Jun-Jun Cabatu. The tallest in the group, 6-7 3/16 Mark Andaya was chosen eighth overall by Talk "N" Text and 6-4 Gabby Espinas was the second of two San Miguel Beer first round picks. Coca-Cola tapped 6-4 1/4 Michael Gavino in the second round. Left out in the cold was 6-5 Philip Butel.

The Market! Market! Activity Center was packed for the draft. Fans lined up the railings on four floors overlooking the stage where PBA commissioner Noli Eala presided in the proceedings. And on the ground floor, thousands of fans stood body-to-body like sardines in a can for over two hours to witness the draft.

The event was a huge success and kicked off incoming PBA chairman Ricky Vargas’ term with a bang.

Not a few eyebrows were raised when La Salle’s spitfirish guard Joseph Yeo was claimed third overall by Coca-Cola over the likes of Espinas and Mark Isip despite the Tigers losing frontliners Rafi Reavis, Billy Mamaril and Rudy Hatfield to Barangay Ginebra. But the move clearly made sense as Coca-Cola’s backcourt badly needs shoring up with Johnny Abarrientos, 35, Ato Morano, 34, and Dale Singson, 30, looking for a young ‘un to mold for the future.

Coca-Cola was D-Day’s valedictorian with six picks — Yeo, R. J. Rizada, Manuel Caceres, Chris Pacana, Gavino and Ronjay Enrile. Sta. Lucia Realty came next in the grab stakes with three choices — Williams, Isip and Mark Magsumbol.

Letran and the University of the Philippines (UP) delivered four rookies each in the draft. From UP were Reyes (taken outright by Welcoat), Jireh Ibanes, Gavino and Abby Santos. Reyes, Ibanes and Santos will be reunited at Welcoat. The Knights were Aaron Aban, Andaya, Boyet Bautista and Enrile.

The youngest rookie tapped in the draft was Reyes, 22. L. A. Tenorio, also 22, is a week older. The oldest was Magsumbol, 26.

Bautista was the shortest of the 20 picks. The 5-5 3/4 point guard was named by Purefoods in the first round, putting pressure on Roger Yap, Noy Castillo and Paul Artadi for playing minutes. The Chunkee Giants’ other pick, Ollan Omiping, is from the University of the East (UE) which, coincidentally, produced Artadi and MVP James Yap.

Red Bull’s only selection came in the second round and not surprisingly, coach Yeng Guiao zeroed in on another Ateneo star, Magnum Membrere, joining Blue Eagles Rich Alvarez, Larry Fonacier, Paolo Bugia and Enrico Villanueva. * * *
Williams’ mother Andrea Elsa Castro of Cebu attended the draft rites and was ecstatic when the "baby" in her brood of three was picked first overall by Sta. Lucia.

Williams, 24, is the youngest of three children. His sister Kristina is 29 and brother Curtis, Jr. is 26.

Mother and son looked good together. They walked around, hand in hand, and were inseparable before and after the draft. They were even interviewed on ABC-TV together.

Williams’ mother, a registered nurse, was barely 21 when she left for the US to find greener pastures. She has now lived in the US nearly 30 years. Before Williams flew in on national coach Chot Reyes’ invitation last year, Williams’ mother said she used to space out her visits to the country.

"My last visit was in 1996 but since Kelly started playing basketball in Manila, I’ve come about five or six times," she said. "I hope to be able to visit even more often, now that he’ll be playing in the PBA."

Williams’ mother said she’s been supportive of her son’s dream of playing basketball ever since he began playing the game when he was eight.

Williams was born in Detroit and starred at Martin Luther King high school for three years before moving to Oakland University, an NCAA Division I school in Michigan. He was an All-State honorable mention and All-City pick in high school and was a student athlete awardee for sports and academic excellence at Oakland.

In a bio-sheet he filled up last year, Williams said his strengths are rebounding, intensity and being able to create mismatches and noted his weakness to be "selective aggressiveness." * * *
Arwind Santos’ wife Yvette is former Far Eastern University coach Danny Gavieres’ daughter. Two months ago, she gave birth to their first child, a daughter name Audrey.

Yvette, a graduate of the University of Asia and the Pacific, confessed that her favorite PBA team is San Miguel Beer but now that Santos has joined Air21, she said it will now be the Express.

Santos said he’s excited to team up with the likes of the De Ocampo brothers, Nino Canaleta and Wynne Arboleda. The role he envisions for himself is that of a defensive stopper.

Santos’ words were music to Air21 coach Bo Perasol’s ears. Last season’s stats showed the Express as the league’s worst defensive team.

Probably the most versatile rookie in the draft, Santos is capable of playing all five positions in the game. He’ll be a vital cog in Air21’s basketball machine this season. * * *
Of the 25 rookies not picked in last year’s draft, only Ronald Capati made it to a team as a free agent. He played for Coca-Cola. Of the 20 players chosen, only Al Magpayo, B. J. Manalo and Rey Mendoza failed to sign a playing contract.

This year, the expectation is several of the 27 rookie hopefuls not selected in the draft will land jobs. Among those newly listed in the unrestricted free agent pool are Chico Lanete, Ronnie Bughao, Robert Sanz, Paul Reguera and Chad Alonzo who might still be able to sneak into a team before the season opens on Oct. 1. * * *
Welcoat coach Leo Austria, the PBA’s first-ever Rookie of the Year in 1986, will break into the PBA with a competitive lineup bolstered by freshmen Reyes, Cabatu, Jay Sagad, Abby Santos and Ibanes. Add to the mix the three veterans taken in the dispersal draft — Denver Lopez, Rob Wainwright and Gilbert Lao — and tryout survivors Nino Gelig, Adonis Sta. Maria, Joey Mente and Froilan Baguion (who was not picked in last year’s draft).

Seven-foot E. J. Feihl is also trying out for a spot in the Welcoat roster. * * *
In filling out their application forms, several rookie hopefuls had interesting notes. One of them indicated his date of birth to be July 20, 2006, making him only one year old for the draft. Another said he was Rookie of the Year twice in the UAAP — you’re only a rookie once, right’ Four players left blank the space for civil status, making it a mystery if they’re married or not or maybe, just living in. One applicant wrote "Filipino’ as his civil status.

gameface_one
08-22-2006, 07:48 AM
Red Bull’s Guiao taps yet another ex-Atenean


By June Navarro
Inquirer
Last updated 04:03am (Mla time) 08/22/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

RED BULL has a keen eye for talent.

When all the teams ignored the ailing Larry Fonacier last year, the Bulls wasted no time grabbing the former Ateneo de Manila University standout with little expectation.

Fonacier, picked 14th overall after recuperating from a career-threatening knee injury in the amateur ranks, became the steal of the draft and eventually the 2006 Philippine Basketball Association rookie of the year.

This season, the Bulls again gambled on Magnum Membrere, Fonacier’s college teammate, as the 19th pick overall in the second round of the PBA rookie draft last Sunday.

His knee injury now fully healed, the 6-foot Membrere reunites with former Blue Eagles Enrico Villanueva, Rich Alvarez, Paolo Bugia and Fonacier at Red Bull.

They formed the nucleus of Ateneo’s 2002 UAAP basketball champion team together with San Miguel’s Wesley Gonzales and Lewis Alfred Tenorio.

Aside from Fonacier, the Bulls also drafted Bugia and Leo Najorda of San Sebastian College, who both landed in the top 3 for the rookie of the year award last season.

Getting to play with his college teammates is a different matter, however.

Membrere plays the wing spot which the Bulls have already filled up by keeping an intact off-guard rotation composed of Junthy Valenzuela, Lordy Tugade, Cyrus Baguio and Fonacier.

gameface_one
08-22-2006, 07:52 AM
Windfall awaits top picks Williams, Santos



By NOLI CRUZ
mb.com.ph




KELLY WILLIAMS and Arwind Santos, the top two picks in the PBA Rookie Draft two days ago, seem to have their future secured after their respective ball clubs announced they intend to offer them multi-year contracts at maximum rookie pay.



Sta. Lucia is reportedly finalizing a financial package to the high-leaping and do-it-all Williams which many believed would be hard to resist.

"Kinuwenta na nga namin eh," said team manager Buddy Encarnado. "Around P17.9 million for five years."

Williams, the top pick, will receive P1.8 million on his first year, P2.7 million on his second year, P4.05 million on his third year, and P4.2 million in each of the last two years.

If Williams agreed, he will be the first rookie to sign a five-year deal in league history. The 24-year-old from Detroit, Michigan can get a maximum P150,000 on the first year of his contract with a 50-percent increase on the succeeding years until he reaches the P350,000 ceiling on the fourth year.

When computed, however, Kelly’s total package would only be R16.95 million. But counting the bonuses that are expected to be incorporated in the contract, Williams could receive an additional million pesos.

For its part, Air21 is offering the 6-foot-4 Santos a three-year contract.

"He’s as good as the top overall pick that’s why he deserves to earn as much. Alam naman natin ang kalibre ni Arwind," said Alvarez, who is likely to give Santos a three-year deal approximately worth P8.55 million.

"Walang akong nakikitang problem sa negotiation dahil nakakausap ko na before si Dondon Monteverde (agent of Santos)."

The two-time UAAP MVP will receive R150,000 monthly on the first year and would have a 50-percent increase on the succeeding years.

It means a monthly take of R225,000 on the second year and R337,500 on the final year of his contract.

Alvarez believes the team is in good shape to contend for a championship.

"With Arwind we can go four-big without compromising our running game," Alvarez said.

He’s referring to their athletic and mobile frontline composed of Yancy and Ranidel de Ocampo, Santos and KG Canaleta.

Williams is expected to play small forward and start alongside resident stars Marlou Aquino, Dennis Espino, Kenneth Duremdes and Paolo Mendoza.

His ability to find open angles without the ball would be a big help for Sta. Lucia coach Alfrancis Chua, whose starters are mostly one-on-one players.

The Realtors also have the potential to be an exciting team with Williams burning the floor and turning it into a runway with fellow high-leapers Nelbert Omolon and Chester Tolomia.

"What he brings to the table is irresistible. He can play multiple positions and is very athletic," Chua said.

Even Duremdes, a former MVP, could not hide his excitement on the arrival of Williams.

"Malaking bagay sa amin si Williams dahil malaking wing siya," said Duremdes, who was impressed with Williams’ first practice with the Realtors. "Habang may lakas pa kami, tutulungan namin siya."

There’s a bit of surprise when Coca-Cola chose former De La Salle standout Joseph Yeo at No. 3.

The Tigers are expected to go big in the draft after losing marquee frontliners Rafi Reavis and Billy Mamaril in a trade. But Coca-Cola coach Binky Favis believes Yeo’s aggressive play fits his system.

"We like to run and attack and that’s what he does best," said Favis.

San Miguel’s No. 4 pick not a surprise. L.A. Tenorio, the best point guard in the amateur, will share the playmaking chores with the aging Olsen Racela.

The Beermen also add depth on their frontcourt by tapping former ROY/MVP in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Gabby Espinas.

Without much thinking, Sta. Lucia grabbed Mark Isip at No. 6.

"Now we have a team," Encarnado said afterwards.

Isip is one of the most impressive big men in the Rookie Camp and should give the Realtors more offensive options down low. Three Letran Knights were called in succession in the first round: Aaron Aban by Alaska at No. 7, Mark Andaya by Talk ‘N Text at No. 8 and Boyet Bautista by Purefoods Chunkee at No. 9.

Aban can add up points and rebounds on the wings for the Aces, Andaya will be an able back-up to Asi Taulava for the Phone Pals and Bautista is expected to spell Roger Yap at the point for the Giants.

The three Knights had been tendered an offer by their respective teams according to agent Danny Espiritu. Newcomer Welcoat Dragons exercised their first ever pick on former University of the Philippines slotman Abby Santos, giving them four rookie big men on their first season.They earlier elevated 6-7 JR Reyes, Jun Jun Cabatu and Jay Sagad.

oca
08-22-2006, 09:34 AM
can't believe Red Bull got another Atenean...They passed up on paterno, uy, sanz, alcaraz...what's up with that..ollan omiping got picked???he wasn't that impressive during the rookie draft...i don't like it when guy's get passed up just because the star players of the teams drafting get to pick their buddies...


really? after a good season by Larry and Bugs.. and after Magnum's good showing during the rookie camp, you were surprised that Yeng Guiao took in another Atenean? ::)

well larry did have a good rookie season...but i don't think bugs had a good season...najorda had a better season than bugs...magnum was not the only one who showed he could play...their were uy, paterno, sanz, lanete, grijaldo...these guys would fit perfectly with red bull as well...that means if magnum will play,, then the playing time of bagiuo, valenzuela, cruz and najorda will be reduced...and these guys were also instrumental to Red Bull's championship run this past year...


Ok, so I guess you were just exag on saying that the 4 Ateneans in RB actually had a hand in Membrere's drafting. *

Laying the "blame" on those 4 guys just to show your displeasure for La Sallite Yeng Guiao's decision to pick Membrere really does not make sense.


Let us take note of the fact that coming into D-Day Red Bull had no need to take any player. Literally buo and team nila at walang kailangan idagdag.

Having said that, what are they to do with their ONLY pick?*

Selecting at 19th, wala namang trade value yan for obvious reasons.

So, ano ang gagawin mo?

Naka-swerte sila kay Fonacier last year...masama ba kung magbakasakali na maulit ang swerteng iyon?

Besides, Red Bull is not obliged to make an offer to Membrere. Ganoon pa man, they would keep their rights on him being their draft pick.

So, may nalugi ba rito?

If there was another player of greater potential (regardless if Red Bull has need for that kind of player), that player would have been selected much earlier by other teams.

But those who know the caliber of Membrere, hindi na masama makuha ng Red Bull ang rights over him.

We would expect Magnum to toil at the PBL this coming season, and if he shows he is PBA quality, tataas ang value niya. Being a draft pick, he can be signed ANY TIME BY ANY TEAM in the PBA beginning this season. If Red Bull doesn't offer him a contract then, they can trade their rights over him.

Either way, pareho silang panalo.

Posterized
08-22-2006, 09:49 AM
Red Bull’s Guiao taps yet another ex-Atenean


By June Navarro
Inquirer
Last updated 04:03am (Mla time) 08/22/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


Ex-Atenean?! Former Blue Eagle pa kamo. Pero Ex-Atenean? Ayus-ayusin mo naman. ::)

paralusi
08-22-2006, 09:56 AM
i'm happy about the draft for three things:

1. LA went to SMB
2. jireh ibanes was drafted
3. magnum went to red bull

let the games begin.

Birdland
08-22-2006, 11:01 AM
I'm personally very surprised that Ronnie Bughao, Jerome Paterno, and Rob Sanz didn't get picked.

Bughao did great at the draft camp -- being headlined after one of the camp days sure attests to that. He's a big PG that any team can use. He rebounds well for a PG and his PG skills have greatly improved. His offense is unquestionable. A lot of teams can surely use somebody like him.

Paterno and Sanz are the same type of players. 6'3 guys that can play the 2 and 3. Perfect size for the pro game. I'd definitely take them ahead of Ibanez (6'1 and no offense), Magsumbol (average player), Pacana (6'0 shooter -- too small), Luanzon (worse version of the two above), and Enrile (5'10 2 guy, not going to work).

Ofcourse that's just me.

MonL
08-22-2006, 12:27 PM
...So Aaron Aban, Boyet Bautista and Gabby Espinas were drafted in the first round last Sunday for the upcoming PBA season.

Congratulations, they are now future pros. Playing contracts await them, being first round picks, and they will probably earn about 100-200k per month in the next few years.

However, the timing of the rookie draft in recent years has raised some questions. It used to be that the rookie draft was done in January, well after the basketball seasons for all amateur leagues have ended. Being drafted was an aspiration, not a potential distraction.

Now with the three players above being selected at the homestretch of the current NCAA season, questions about their desire to play hard for the remainder of the season have come out. Seems like we are speculating on seeing something like what hapened to Leo Najorda last season. Will they play hard as their usual selves and do their best to win for their respective schools, and risk injuring themselves and jeopardize a pro career that is practically waiting for them after this season? Or will they play with less intensity so as not to risk injury? Will their coaches plan for this by making the rest of the team more involved?

How will that impact on the rest of the opposing teams in the NCAA? These next few playing days ought to be very interesting.

oca
08-22-2006, 12:35 PM
^
For Aban, Bautista and Espinas, how they will play the last games of their collegiate careers will be determined, IMO, by their self-respect and pride.

What kind of legacy would they like to leave?

How would they like to be remembered?

Will they just go through the motions and care not what happens to their schools?

Kung ano yung ipapakita nila for the rest of the NCAA season will reflect on their characters as individuals.

time1513
08-22-2006, 12:45 PM
I'm personally very surprised that Ronnie Bughao, Jerome Paterno, and Rob Sanz didn't get picked.

Bughao did great at the draft camp -- being headlined after one of the camp days sure attests to that. He's a big PG that any team can use. He rebounds well for a PG and his PG skills have greatly improved. His offense is unquestionable. A lot of teams can surely use somebody like him.

Paterno and Sanz are the same type of players. 6'3 guys that can play the 2 and 3. Perfect size for the pro game. I'd definitely take them ahead of Ibanez (6'1 and no offense), Magsumbol (average player), Pacana (6'0 shooter -- too small), Luanzon (worse version of the two above), and Enrile (5'10 2 guy, not going to work).

Ofcourse that's just me.


i was surprised too that bughao, paterno and sanz weren't picked... pero hearing first hand information from a pba coach ito daw ang reasons.. ibanez bec of JR Reyes maybe and ibanez is a SCRAPPY player who would bring tons of defense to the dragons this season, magsumbol has great hands good shooting and nag-improve daw bec he went to the states, pacana.. well... nilakad nlng daw toh ni Chris Tan palakasan nlng daw, Luanzon is a player who Tim Cone can really use big-guard who has smarts (look how he developed junio and rodney santos before), and Enrile... well may pangalan eh.. im sure people know Enrile more than Bughao, Paterno and Sanz. Well, actually not bad naman na nde sila na draft eh now they can try out for any team.. i heard madami daw teams gusto kay Bughao... :)

paralusi
08-22-2006, 03:10 PM
from quinito henson:

"In filling out their application forms, several rookie hopefuls had interesting notes. One of them indicated his date of birth to be July 20, 2006, making him only one year old for the draft. Another said he was Rookie of the Year twice in the UAAP — you’re only a rookie once, right’ Four players left blank the space for civil status, making it a mystery if they’re married or not or maybe, just living in. One applicant wrote "Filipino’ as his civil status."

pio_valenz
08-22-2006, 08:13 PM
[


pero hearing first hand information from a pba coach ito daw ang reasons.. ibanez bec of JR Reyes maybe and ibanez is a SCRAPPY player who would bring tons of defense to the dragons this season,


Actually Sta. Lucia was ready to grab Jireh with the 13th pick, but Welcoat beat them to the draw. Not sure about the JR Reyes angle, though. I heard from someone who watched the rookie camp that Jireh impressed a lot of coaches for the reasons you mentioned and because of his quickness. I don't know how Welcoat plans to use him, but I talked to Sta. Lucia assistant team manager Ariel Magno two weeks before the draft and he said if they got Jireh, Alfrancis was reportedly grooming him as a point guard.

time1513
08-22-2006, 09:27 PM
[


pero hearing first hand information from a pba coach ito daw ang reasons.. ibanez bec of JR Reyes maybe and ibanez is a SCRAPPY player who would bring tons of defense to the dragons this season,


Actually Sta. Lucia was ready to grab Jireh with the 13th pick, but Welcoat beat them to the draw. Not sure about the JR Reyes angle, though. I heard from someone who watched the rookie camp that Jireh impressed a lot of coaches for the reasons you mentioned and because of his quickness. I don't know how Welcoat plans to use him, but I talked to Sta. Lucia assistant team manager Ariel Magno two weeks before the draft and he said if they got Jireh, Alfrancis was reportedly grooming him as a point guard.


Sta. lucia was really keen on mark magsumbol from the start or they wanted ronnie bughao but somehow days b4 the draft they decided to go for magsumbol never heard of them wanting to get jireh

pio_valenz
08-22-2006, 10:09 PM
^Well, that's what Atty. Magno told me. I don't know, maybe he was pulling my leg. But I do know he went as far as to get Jireh's cell phone number from Lito Vergara.

christian
08-22-2006, 11:43 PM
Ronnie Bughao's lack of experience (NCAA & UAAP, forgettable PBL stint) question is, who can tame him?
Jerome Paterno's lack of heft.
But i'm keeping my fingers crossed for the both of them.

joelex
08-23-2006, 01:45 AM
whatever happened to ronnie bughao's teletech stint? did he actually finish the conference? from what i remember, ever since ty tang stepped in i never saw bughao play again. did he get injured? ???

Lucas Palaka
08-23-2006, 08:55 AM
No, he got relegated to reserve status because Jerry Codiñera said so.

full battle gear
08-23-2006, 09:06 AM
SLR cuts Williams offer to 3 years

By June Navarro
Inquirer
Last updated 03:26am (Mla time) 08/23/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE OFFER was good but it didn’t last.

Sta. Lucia Realty was forced to revise its five-year proposal to Kelly Williams after the Philippine Basketball Association notified the team of league restrictions on lengthy player contracts.

From five years, the Realtors have now downgraded their offer to three years, the maximum contract a player could receive after the league lowered the team and player salary cap a few years back.

Williams, this year’s No. 1 overall pick, now has a standing offer of three years which could give him a maximum rookie monthly pay of P150,000, P225,000 on his sophomore year and P337,500 on the final season of the contract.

The estimated worth of the contract is P8.5 million, exclusive of the bonuses that Williams is bound to receive.

“We can’t give a contract more than three years,” said PBA commissioner Noli Eala. “It was approved by the PBA board to regulate offer sheets and unnecessary bidding of services using the extended number of years.”

When Eala sat down as commissioner in 2003, a gentleman’s agreement was forged among the teams to limit player contracts to three years at the maximum. It came at a time when the league and the teams were cutting down on operational expenses.

After drafting the 6-foot-5 Williams, the Realtors dangled a five-year offer that would pay the Oakland University alum P17 million in salaries.

Meanwhile, the PBA ordered rookie Joseph Yeo of Coca-Cola to make himself available for the league’s community programs for the next three months.

Eala penalized Yeo for bullying Red Bull’s Enrico Villanueva with a clothesline during the PBA-sanctioned Ateneo-La Salle Dream Game at the Araneta Coliseum last December.

“Such infraction under PBA rules was serious,” said Eala, who lowered the sanction from suspension to community service. “It’s an unsportsmanlike act unworthy of a professional player.”

full battle gear
08-23-2006, 09:07 AM
Top PBA draftees ready
www.mb.com.ph

The top picks of the recent PBA annual Rookie Draft said they are ready to take on the challenge of their newly-acquired status as professional players.

"I’m ready to play. I’m really excited being in the PBA. I’m just happy to be part of this, whether I’m the No. 1 pick or not," said Williams, who was taken by Sta. Lucia Realty as the top pick in the PBA draft last Sunday.

The 24-year-old Williams was at the weekly PSA Forum yesterday at the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila where he was joined by Air21’s Arwind Santos, Joseph Yeo of Coca-Cola, Lewis Alfred Tenorio and Gabby Espinas, both of San Miguel.

"Sa tingin ko hinog na rin naman ako sa PBA, and I will do whatever it takes para matulungan ko ang team ko," said Santos, the second overall pick and a teammate of Williams with Magnolia in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

As the No. 3 selection, Yeo said he’s thrilled to finally reach the zenith of a basketball player’s career since "lahat ng naglalaro ng basketball, ang dream maka-akyat sa PBA."

Tenorio, the Beermen’s first round pick at No. 4, seconded his Harbour Centre teammate in the PBL. Fifteen of the 20 players drafted have played for the PBL.

As of yesterday, only Williams and Santos had the chance to practice with their respective teams.

Tenorio has yet to join San Miguel in its scrimmages as coach Chot Reyes is in Brunei calling the shots for the national team in the 6th Shell Rimula Brunei Cup, while Espinas still has the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to take care of as part of the Philippine Christian University Dolphins.

"Pero may go-signal rin naman from coach Joel (Dualan of PCU) na puwede akong mag-practice na sa PBA," said the 2004 NCAA Rookie/MVP in the public sports program sponsored by PAGCOR, Manila Mayor Lito Atienza and Manila Sports Council Chairman Ali Atienza.

As of yesterday too, only Williams and Santos already had concrete offers from their respective ball clubs.

The Realtors reportedly is set to give the Fil-Am forward from Detroit, Michigan a five-year, R17.9 million deal while the Express are likely to give the former Far Eastern Tamaraw King a three-year contract worth R8.5 million.

"I don’t know yet about their (Coca-Cola) offer. It’s between them and my manager," said Yeo, who along with Espinas, is being represented by agent William Ong.

Nonetheless, both Yeo, a former La Salle stalwart, and Espinas are confident of getting lucrative contracts from both the Tigers and Beermen, respectively.

Tenorio is also expecting the same from San Miguel, although no deal would be finalized until upon the return of the team’s top brass from Brunei.

Teams have five days after the draft to tender an offer to their respective picks. Players who fail to receive a contract proposal will be considered as free agents.

Meanwhile, the PBA ordered Joseph Yeo to make himself available for the league’s community programs for the next three months.

Commissioner Noli Eala penalized Yeo for bullying Red Bull’s Enrico Villanueva with a clothesline during the PBA-sanctioned Ateneo-La Salle Dream Game at the Araneta Coliseum last December.

"Such infraction under PBA rules was serious," said Eala, who lowered the sanction from suspension to community service. "It’s an unsportsmanlike act unworthy of a professional player.’’

Eala, however, did not say the nature of Yeo’s community service.

easter
08-23-2006, 11:07 AM
can't believe Red Bull got another Atenean...They passed up on paterno, uy, sanz, alcaraz...what's up with that..ollan omiping got picked???he wasn't that impressive during the rookie draft...i don't like it when guy's get passed up just because the star players of the teams drafting get to pick their buddies...


Look at the the picks a little above Membrere.

14. Coke - Manuel Caceres
15. Coke - Chris Pacana
16. Coke - Mike Gavino
17. Coke - Ronjay Enrile
18. Alaska - Christian Luanzon

Coke and Alaska could've gotten Paterno, Bughao,and Sanz as well pero bat di nila kinuha?

Why pick on Red Bull alone when other teams agreed with them on not getting those players. Especially Coke, they've got all the picks that they could muster in the 2nd round and yet they didn't include these guys.

Hoops McCann
08-23-2006, 11:14 AM
SLR cuts Williams offer to 3 years

By June Navarro
Inquirer
Last updated 03:26am (Mla time) 08/23/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE OFFER was good but it didn’t last.

Sta. Lucia Realty was forced to revise its five-year proposal to Kelly Williams after the Philippine Basketball Association notified the team of league restrictions on lengthy player contracts.

From five years, the Realtors have now downgraded their offer to three years, the maximum contract a player could receive after the league lowered the team and player salary cap a few years back.

this is just another shining example of SLR management's patent ignorance of league rules regarding rookie contracts. EVERYONE KNOWS THE STANDING POLICY OF A MAXIMUM THREE-YEAR GUARANTEED CONTRACT FOR ALL PBA ROOKIES. everybody, that is--except for buddy encarnado.

full battle gear
08-23-2006, 11:31 AM
Yeo sanctioned for sin of the past
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 08/23/2006

Two days after joining the pro league, former La Salle player Joseph Yeo was sanctioned by the Philippine Basketball Association for an infraction he committed as an amateur player in a PBA-backed event eight months ago.

The PBA Commissioner’s Office ordered Yeo to render a mandatory community service for three months as penalty for a flagrant foul on Enrico Villanueva triggering a near free-for-all in the Ateneo-La Salle Dream Game last December.

PBA technical chief Perry Martinez said Yeo drew a relatively light penalty after making a public apology following the incident and voluntarily playing for the PBA-sponsored RP training team in two events.

"It could have been stiff but commissioner Noli Eala took into consideration the two mitigating circumstances," said Martinez.

The 5-foot-11 guard, called "The Ninja," suited up with the Nationals in an exhibition game versus the Athletes in Action and in an invitational tourney in Qatar that also featured Slovenia, Angola and the Qatar national team.

The pro league may tap Yeo to attend its out-reach programs as a part of his community service.

It could be recalled that Jimwell Torion served a long suspension after committing the same infraction, hacking Jimmy Alapag on the face two years ago.

Villanueva suffered a bloodied nose on Yeo’s flagrant foul that stopped the game for over 30 minutes. The benefit game resumed with only the pro players finishing the contest won by the Ateneo Blue Eagles curiously on a last-second triple by Villanueva.

Yeo is now under the jurisdiction of the PBA as he was picked No. 3 overall by Coca-Cola in Sunday’s Annual Rookie Draft.

"He’s not yet under the jurisdiction of the PBA when he did it. But he did it in a PBA-sanctioned event," said Martinez.

Meanwhile, Talk n Text signed No. 8 pick Mark Andaya to a two-year deal to complete its roster for the coming 2006-07 PBA season. Financial details of the contract weren’t revealed.

Over at Alaska Milk, team manager Joaqui Trillo has given token offers to No. 7 pick Aaron Aban and No. 18 pick Christian Luanzon, thus, putting a lock on signing rights for the two players.

At Air21, transferee Aris Dimaunahan signed a one-year contract worth almost P1 million.

Yancy de Ocampo, however, is still holding out as he’s yet to iron out some kinks in his negotiation with the Air21 management.

Welcoat is set to close negotiations with all its players today. It has reached separate agreements with free agents Nino Gelig, Froilan Baguion and Gilbert Lao.

full battle gear
08-23-2006, 11:32 AM
Yeo to start PBA career with community service
By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
www.abs-cbnnews.com


Joseph Yeo, Coca-Cola’s No. 3 overall pick in Sunday’s Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft, will have to begin his pro career doing three months of community work for the league.

Instead of a suspension, the PBA ordered the former De La Salle University standout to be available for the league’s community projects, part of a penalty for committing a deliberate foul on Enrico Villanueva in a PBA-sanctioned charity game last year.

Yeo gave Villanueva a clothesline tackle that bloodied the 6-foot-5 center in the "Dream Game: Ateneo vs. La Salle" exhibition in December at the Araneta Colisuem.

Yeo was thrown out of the game, and his tackle almost triggered a melee among the players, alumni and coaching staff of the two rival schools.

"Such infraction under PBA rules was serious and severe unsportsmanlike act unworthy of a professional player," said PBA commissioner Noli Eala.

The order was issued last August 17. It stated: "Instead of a suspension that would have easily merit PBA rules, commissioner Eala asked Yeo to be mandatory available to the PBA’s community service programs for the first three months of his contract."

Yeo has already apologized for the misconduct, and made himself available for the national team that competed in the Qatar Invitational and Jones Cup to atone for his actions.

The high-leaping 5-foot-11 guard is the newest member of the Tigers under coach Binky Favis, although the team remained mum on the contract they would give "The Ninja."

"I can’t say yet the details of what we’re offering Yeo. It’s all up to Hector [Calma]," said Favis, who assured that Yeo will be part of his high-energy cast this coming PBA season set to start on October 1.

"Yeo was always a winner wherever he went, and we expect him to provide us with the same energy he gave those teams," Favis added.

Favis noted that Yeo, Dennis Miranda, Ali Peek, John Arigo, Neil Raneses, Johnny Abarrientos and Kalani Ferreria have the only guaranteed slots on the team. The rest of the Tigers are being evaluated.

"We’re still sizing them up and we’ll have a chance to do that in the pre-season tournament on September 1," said Favis.

Coke had the most number of draftees last Sunday. The team also selected RJ Rizada at No. 12, Manuel Caceres at No. 14, Chris Pacana at No. 15, Michael Gavino at No. 16 and Ronjay Enrile at No. 17.

Dale Singson, Ato Morano, Manny Ramos, Gerard Francisco, William Antonio and Ryan Bernardo are other Tigers fighting for a slot on the team.

"We don’t have the luxury of size, so we will try to come up with a team that will be competitive in the PBA," said Favis, who added free agents Philip Butel and Eric Rodriguez to Coke’s preseason roster.

The Tigers gave up Rafi Reavis, Billy Mamaril and the rights to Rudy Hatfield to Ginebra in a three-team trade with Air21 in which they received Ferreria and Ramos.

full battle gear
08-23-2006, 11:34 AM
Top 5 picks in PBA draft raring for test
www.abs-cbnnews.com


Being among the top five picks in the recent Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft may be a huge burden for the players concerned.

But the marquee members of PBA class 2006, led by top pick Kelly Williams, declared they’re ready to play alongside the big boys.

"I’m ready to play. I’m really excited being in the PBA. I’m just happy to be part of this, whether I’m the No. 1 pick or not," said Williams, chosen first overall by Santa Lucia Realty in a PBA draft pool considered as one of the most talented in recent years.

The 24-year-old Williams was at the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum Tuesday and was joined by Air21’s Arwind Santos, Joseph Yeo of Coca-Cola, Lewis Alfred Tenorio and Gabby Espinas, both of San Miguel.

"I think I’m ‘ripe’ enough for the PBA, and I will do whatever it takes to help my team win," said Santos, the second overall pick and a teammate of Williams with Magnolia in the Philippine Basketball League.

As the No. 3 selection, Yeo said he’s thrilled to finally reach the zenith of a basketball player’s career since "everyone who plays basketball here dreams to make it to the PBA."

Tenorio, the Beermen’s first round pick at No. 4, seconded his Harbour Center teammate in the PBL, especially having been chosen among the top five players in the draft.

As of Tuesday, only Williams and Santos had the chance to practice with their respective teams.

Tenorio has yet to join San Miguel in its scrimmages, as coach Chot Reyes is in Brunei calling the shots for the national team in the 6th Shell Rimula Brunei Cup.

Espinas still has the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to take care of as leader of the Philippine Christian University Dolphins.

"But I have a go-signal from coach Joel [Dualan of PCU] to practice for my PBA team," said the 2004 National Collegiate Athletics Association Rookie-Most Valuable Player in the public sports program sponsored by Pagcor, Mayor Lito Atienza of Manila and Manila Sports Council Chairman Ali Atienza.

oca
08-23-2006, 11:42 AM
can't believe Red Bull got another Atenean...They passed up on paterno, uy, sanz, alcaraz...what's up with that..ollan omiping got picked???he wasn't that impressive during the rookie draft...i don't like it when guy's get passed up just because the star players of the teams drafting get to pick their buddies...


Look at the the picks a little above Membrere.

14. Coke - Manuel Caceres*
15. Coke - Chris Pacana
16. Coke - Mike Gavino*
17. Coke - Ronjay Enrile*
18. Alaska - Christian Luanzon*

Coke and Alaska could've gotten Paterno, Bughao,and Sanz as well pero bat di nila kinuha?*

Why pick on Red Bull alone when* other teams agreed with them on not getting those players. Especially Coke, they've got all the picks that they could muster in the 2nd round and yet they didn't include these guys.




During D-Day, as I was watching the proceedings on TV and as I came to know that Coke would have so many picks in the second round, I strongly felt that chances that Paterno and Bughao getting drafted were getting slimmer.

Take note, Nash Racela is part of Coke's coaching staff. He was head coach of the Red Lions from Season 80 up to about 6 games through Season 81.

During that time both Paterno and Bughao were still part of the Red Lions.

Both have a "history" with Racela. Hence, no chance na kunin sila ng Coke kahit na sabihin pang "hinog" na sila para mag-PBA. Neither were considered first rounders anyway. Kung makuha man- talagang late second round.

Ako nga, leading to the draft, made a pitch for Paterno (as if it may bearing yun *;D), but after knowing the drafting order in the second round when watching it on TV alam kong lumiit ang probability na makuha si Jerome at Bughao.

No point in arguing or discussing the merits - galing or potential nina Paterno at Bughao - dahil may "history" nga.

binocular
08-23-2006, 06:34 PM
nash is i think already part of smb.

oca
08-24-2006, 08:30 AM
nash is i think already part of smb.


Kahit lumipat na yan ng team, yung mga kwento.... tiyak naiwan.

Kid Cubao
08-24-2006, 09:32 AM
re yeo and his community service: i suggest he render it in acropolis. magpa-seminar sya sa "good manners and right conduct toward yayas and household helps" ;D

full battle gear
08-24-2006, 10:30 AM
Williams signs P8.5-M contract
Reyes, Isip also ink juicy contracts
www.mb.com.ph

By NOLI CRUZ


KELLY WILLIAMS, this year’s top draft pick, and Jay-R Reyes, one of the three players elevated by Welcoat Paints, signed multi-year contracts with the teams wich drafted them last Sunday.

Williams, 24, the top pick, signed a three-year deal with the Sta. Lucia Realtors yesterday along with the team’s other first round pick Mark Isip.

The do-it-all forward from Detroit, Michigan will get a rookie maximum R150,000 monthly on the first year, R225,000 on the second and R337,500 on the third.

Overall, he will receive R 8.55 million on his first three years as a pro, excluding bonuses which will come if Sta. Lucia makes a winning run.

Reyes, the 6-foot-7 slotman from the University of the Philippines, according to a source, will receive around R8 million over three years.

Like Williams, Reyes will get a rookie monthly maximum of R150,000 on the first year, R220,000 on the second and R300,000 on the third.

Williams was initially offered a five-year deal by the Realtors worth almost R17 million, but the PBA Commissioner Noli Eala reminded the ballclub of a gentleman’s agreement among board governors three years ago limiting player contracts to not more than three years.

Sta. Lucia team manager Buddy Encarnado is having a hard time recalling the unwritten agreement, but has no problem of following the agreement.

"Ang sa amin lang naman gusto naming ibigay kung anuman man ang maximum na p’wedeng makuha ni (Kelly) Williams," Encarnado said.

Williams and his agent Alex Compton can’t be reached for comment.

Isip, an agile big man, signed a two-year deal. Encarnado also said that they’re going to sign up second round pick Mark Magsumbol for one year.

Jojo Tangkay and former San Miguel point guard Denver Lopez also agreed on multi-year deals with the Dragons. They will man the Welcoat backcourt for the next two years.

Former NCAA MVP Jay Sagad inked only a one-year pact while Junjun Cabatu is still negotiating with the Welcoat executives.

Sagad and Cabatu are the other two amateurs elevated to the pro by the Dragons owned by the family of Raymund Yu and Terry Que.

The Dragons are hoping to complete their house-painting on Saturday. They are expected to sign up their first round pick Abby Santos and second round pick Jireh Ibanez on Saturday.

full battle gear
08-24-2006, 10:32 AM
Pro-bound Espinas eyes last hurrah as an amateur
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA


ALTHOUGH HE is overly thrilled to have been drafted by the team of his dreams, Gabby Espinas is not letting this exciting development affect his most important objective which is to win the NCAA basketball championship for his alma mater, Philippine Christian University.

PCU has made it to the Final Four along with San Beda College and Letran and his team, with him as the spearhead, is hoping to steal a twice to beat advantage although that seems to be difficult as PCU is in third place and several games behind the two leaders.

But he could not help being awed by what he feels was the unexpected good fortune of being drafted by San Miguel, a team many of his rookie batch dream about.

"Nabigla rin ako kaya excited na ako makalaro sa San Miguel para maipagpatuloy ko ang mga pangarap ko. Pero sa ngayon, nakatutok muna ako sa NCAA dahil malapit na rin ang semifinals," said Espinas, who is also a leading candidate for MVP honors.

"Ang focus ko ngayon ay ang semis at kung papalarin kami, gusto ko mag-champion ulit kami," said the 6-foot-5 Olongapo native. "Last hurrah ko na ito sa PCU, so gusto go sila mabigyan ulit ng championship."

When asked if he plans to slow down in his remaining days as an amateur, especially now he’s still negotiating with San Miguel, Espinas’ answer was a big no.

"Kung ano ang nilaro ko sa simula ng NCAA, ganun pa rin ako," said Espinas.

When he first played for PCU three years ago, he became an instant star with his power plays and good shooting touch.

He, in fact, made NCAA history by becoming the first player to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards. He also played a vital role in helping PCU win its first championship, thus making his rookie year a memorable one.

Having practically achieved all his objectives as a college player, Espinas is foregoing his final year at PCU to try his luck in the PBA.

But he wants to leave with a bang.

To keep his focus on PCU’s crucial games, he makes his agent, William Ong, do the negotiating for him. Like others who were drafted last Sunday, Espinas is hoping to get a lucrative contract.

"Pinagdadasal ko na sana makakuha ako ng magandang kontrata," said Espinas, who already has a wish list should the proverbial gold at the end of the rainbow materializes.

For starters, Espinas hopes of finally driving his dream car, owning a house and lot and providing a restaurant for his wife.

pio_valenz
08-24-2006, 04:41 PM
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pero hearing first hand information from a pba coach ito daw ang reasons.. ibanez bec of JR Reyes maybe and ibanez is a SCRAPPY player who would bring tons of defense to the dragons this season,


Actually Sta. Lucia was ready to grab Jireh with the 13th pick, but Welcoat beat them to the draw. Not sure about the JR Reyes angle, though. I heard from someone who watched the rookie camp that Jireh impressed a lot of coaches for the reasons you mentioned and because of his quickness. I don't know how Welcoat plans to use him, but I talked to Sta. Lucia assistant team manager Ariel Magno* two weeks before the draft and he said if they got Jireh, Alfrancis was reportedly grooming him as a point guard.


Sta. lucia was really keen on mark magsumbol from the start or they wanted ronnie bughao but somehow days b4 the draft they decided to go for magsumbol never heard of them wanting to get jireh


My bad. I saw Ariel Magno again last night, and he confirmed that they were gonna get Magsumbol even if Jireh was available. SLR was indeed initially interested in Jireh, but ultimately decided on Magsumbol.

Wang-Bu
08-24-2006, 04:57 PM
Ito po ba 'yung Magsumbol na dating kakampi ni Sunday Salvacion sa Benilde?

binocular
08-24-2006, 08:40 PM
Ito po ba 'yung Magsumbol na dating kakampi ni Sunday Salvacion sa Benilde?


yup!mas magaling si mark kesa kay magsy! ;D

kryptonite
08-24-2006, 11:29 PM
Ito po ba 'yung Magsumbol na dating kakampi ni Sunday Salvacion sa Benilde?


They are both members of the victorious St. Benilde squad in 2000. Among the members of that team are Jondan Salvador, Salvacion, Ron Capati, Magsumbol, Elvis Tolentino, and Al Magpayo.

full battle gear
08-25-2006, 01:51 PM
New kids on the block
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By Ed Picson


After just four days of practice with his new PBA team, Kelly Williams seems to be slowly but surely getting the hang of the brand of basketball expected of him. He seems comfortable and confident, and that should serve as a sign of what to expect from Sta. Lucia in the days ahead. The prized top draftee of the season is not encountering any problems as what other parties had predicted.

There were those who thought that with all the hoopla generated by the entry of Williams into the team, the acknowledged superstars in the team namely Marlou Aquino, Dennis Espino and Kenneth Duremdes were going to give him the baptism of fire.

Also the attendant controversy generated by his relationship with San Miguel, having been supported by the giant conglomerate from the time he set foot in the Philippines as a member of the national team, might have also sent the wrong signals and could have started his relationship with the Realtors off on the wrong foot. But by all indications, the 24-year-old wingman is doing quite well and is having a great time in the initial practices of his team. He was seen exchanging high fives with the veterans and other team members, including fellow rookies Mark Isip and Mark Magsumbol.

It was also noted that the team itself seems to be drawing energy from the Oakland University stalwart who was persuaded by current San Miguel Coach Chot Reyes to try Philippine basketball two years ago. Even the senior citizens of the team in Aquino, Espino and Duremdes were observed keeping in step with Williams and the two other rookies in the run-and-gun style Coach Alfrancis Chua has been drilling his team in.

Williams said "I’m not coming into the team with my own agenda. I’m really opening myself up to my teammates and hopefully we can find ways to find a median and make things work for us." He averred that he was not going to be a prima donna and will instead be a good soldier to help his team get to greater heights in the coming season.

Coach Alfrancis Chua has been very complimentary of the young Fil-Am’s personal and work attitude. That he and his Cebuano mother Andrea are born-again Christians, also impressed upon the team his humility and godliness.

"Napakabait at ang daling kausap" (He’s such a nice kid and so easy to talk to), said Chua.

For his part, Kenneth Duremdes says Williams is going to be a big help and would add excitement to the team.

This should serve notice that Sta. Lucia is dead set on improving on their ho-hum performance last season.

gameface_one
08-26-2006, 09:36 AM
Membrere can’t join Eagles in Red Bull nest


BY JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter
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This Blue Eagle has to look for a different nest.

Red Bull, which has become the home of Ateneo de Manila University alumni in the pro league for the past three years, won’t offer Magnum Membrere a contract after the deadline for tendering offer sheets to draft picks expired Friday.

Bulls head coach Yeng Guiao said the team is willing to give the 5-foot-11 southpaw guard a chance to scrimmage with them but did not guarantee anything.

"We will just give him a chance. If any team wants to get his services, he is very free to try out. Right now, he is practicing with us," said Guiao of their lone draft pick in the recent Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft.

"Our problem is our off-guard position is already filled, with Cyrus Baguio, Junthy Valenzuela and Larry Fonacier rotating for that spot. But if he can give us another dimension, like playing a point guard, then we might have a place for him," Guiao added.

Red Bull, champion in the Fiesta Conference and runner-up to Purefoosd Chunkee in the Philippine Cup, has Topex Robinson and Celino Cruz at point guard, with Warren Ybanez as a standby playmaker.

Membrere, who was a teammate of Bulls mainstays Enrico Villanueva, Richard Al-varez, Larry Fonacier and Paolo Bugia on the Blue Eagles, was selected 19th overall in the draft.

A knee injury slowed him down in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines while playing five years for Ateneo.

But Guiao said the former San Beda Red Cub will be on the Red Bull roster in the PBA’s preseason games, along with the come-backing Alvarez and Omanzie Rodriguez.

"We’ll give him a chance in the preseason. Right now, we’re complete and we’ll be bringing in an intact team in the coming season," said Guiao.

chocoks77
08-29-2006, 10:56 PM
Ronnie Bughao is signed by Sta. Lucia...

http://www.malaya.com.ph/aug30/spor4.htm

Sam Miguel
08-31-2006, 09:49 PM
From Malaya...

"Paolo Mendoza still has to fully recuperate from a foot injury, Jimwell Torion needs at least two more months for a leg injury to completely heal and Alex Cabagnot has not been heard from since the last PBA season.


To help make up for his dearth of backcourt men, Chua has taken in rookie free agent Roy Bughao, a point guard out of San Beda."

Wrong spelling, but I hope that's our gameface.ph hardcore player of the tournament Ronnie Bughao.

full battle gear
09-02-2006, 12:17 PM
Yeo signs three-year, P8.5M pact with Coke
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Joseph Yeo, the third overall pick of Coca-Cola in the recent rookie draft, on Friday signed a three-year contract with the Tigers, who are rebuilding for the upcoming Philippine Basketball Association season.

Yeo’s agent, William Ong, confirmed the deal for the former De La Salle University star but did not reveal the terms of his contract.

But as a first-round pick, the 6-foot shooting guard can expect a deal of about P8.5 million, including the rookie maximum of P150,000 monthly on his first year with Coke.

"The kid was happy with what he got," Ong said.

However, "The Ninja" will start his pro career on mandatory community service for the PBA in the league’s first three months, or until December.

It is part of a penalty for committing a deliberate foul on Red Bull’s Enrico Villanueva—a former rival in college—in a PBA-sanctioned charity game last year.

Yeo gave Villanueva a clothesline tackle that bloodied the 6-foot-5 center in the "Dream Game: Ateneo vs. La Salle" exhibition in December at the Araneta Colisuem.

Yeo was thrown out of the game, and his tackle almost triggered a melee among the players, alumni and coaching staff of the two rival schools.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala relented on a lifetime ban on Yeo and dealt him a lighter penalty instead after his public apology and his service in the Pilipinas Basketball team.

Coach Binky Favis welcomed Yeo’s official entry into the team, which has yet to come up with the final cut for the season-opening Philippine Cup in October.

"We are happy to have him and after practices, I could now see Yeo’s potential. It’s now up to up us on how to unleash that potential on the floor," said Favis prior to the Tigers’ preseason game.

Yeo joins Ali Peek, John Arigo, Neil Raneses, Johnny Abarrientos, Denok Miranda and Kalani Ferreria on the team, while others are still jostling for the slots left.

Gerard Francisco and William Antonio reportedly re-signed with the team for one year each while Rob Wainwright has moved on to Welcoat.

Unsure of their chances are rookie picks RJ Rizada, Manuel Caceres, Chris Pacana, Michael Gavino and Ronjay Enrile.

full battle gear
09-02-2006, 12:18 PM
Yeo signs 3-year pact with Coke
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By NOLI CRUZ

JOSEPH YEO must be yelling his family name these days.

The third overall pick in this year’s PBA Draft signed a three-year contract with the Coca-Cola Tigers Thursday, making him the latest millionaire in his batch.

"He (Yeo) is very happy with the deal," said Yeo’s agent William Ong.

Ong hinted that Yeo is bound to receive nearly the same amount as top pick Kelly Williams of the Sta. Lucia Realtors and second pick Arwind Santos of the Air21 Express.

The two rookies selected before Yeo have signed a maximum of R8.55 million for three years.

Yeo was the leading scorer of PBL champion Harbour Centre. His aggressive brand of play fits well with Coca-Cola’s system.

"We love to run and attack," said Tigers coach Binky Favis. "That’s what he (Yeo) does best."

Gabby Espinas, the rebounding demon from Hapee in the PBL, is also close on sealing a three-year deal with the San Miguel Beermen.

The former ROY/MVP of the NCAA is the fifth overall pick in the last draft. He will fill in the void vacated by Nic Belasco, who was traded for guard Brandon Cablay last conference.

"Maganda-ganda rin ang usapan namin ng San Miguel so we expect that Gabby will get almost the same contract as Yeo," said Bernard Yang, a confidante of Espinas.

Espinas is the leading candidate for this year’s NCAA MVP.

Two years ago, he made history in the NCAA when he won both the MVP and Rookie of the Year plum. But before leaving PCU, Espinas, 24, hopes to give his school another title.

Mark Andaya, the eighth overall pick, signed a two-year deal with the Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals. The 6-foot-8 center is one of three players from the Letran Knights selected in the first round.

The other two – seventh pick Aaron Aban and ninth pick Boyet Bautista – are not allowed to sign a contract while still playing for their varsity team in the NCAA.

Aban, though, had agreed on principle to be with the Alaska Aces for the next two years according to his agent Danny Espiritu.

Wang-Bu
09-04-2006, 08:12 PM
Ano po ba ibig sabihin ng "community service"? Magwawalis po ba ng bangketa at magpupulot ng basura sa lansangan si Ninja?

easter
10-11-2006, 03:30 PM
The recent draft has now created a college flavored PBA.

http://hoops.blink.ph/2006/10/11/college-flavored-pba/

joelex
11-01-2006, 05:18 AM
slwoly but surely kelly williams is proving to be worthy of being number one overall....

arwind is mr. consistency while LA is a future number one PG

Yeo for me just fell on the wrong team.

Sam Miguel
08-14-2007, 11:27 AM
Yeo signs three-year, P8.5M pact with Coke
www.abs-cbnnews.com


Joseph Yeo, the third overall pick of Coca-Cola in the recent rookie draft, on Friday signed a three-year contract with the Tigers, who are rebuilding for the upcoming Philippine Basketball Association season.

Yeo’s agent, William Ong, confirmed the deal for the former De La Salle University star but did not reveal the terms of his contract.

But as a first-round pick, the 6-foot shooting guard can expect a deal of about P8.5 million, including the rookie maximum of P150,000 monthly on his first year with Coke.

"The kid was happy with what he got," Ong said.

However, "The Ninja" will start his pro career on mandatory community service for the PBA in the league’s first three months, or until December.

It is part of a penalty for committing a deliberate foul on Red Bull’s Enrico Villanueva—a former rival in college—in a PBA-sanctioned charity game last year.

Yeo gave Villanueva a clothesline tackle that bloodied the 6-foot-5 center in the "Dream Game: Ateneo vs. La Salle" exhibition in December at the Araneta Colisuem.

Yeo was thrown out of the game, and his tackle almost triggered a melee among the players, alumni and coaching staff of the two rival schools.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala relented on a lifetime ban on Yeo and dealt him a lighter penalty instead after his public apology and his service in the Pilipinas Basketball team.

Coach Binky Favis welcomed Yeo’s official entry into the team, which has yet to come up with the final cut for the season-opening Philippine Cup in October.

"We are happy to have him and after practices, I could now see Yeo’s potential. It’s now up to up us on how to unleash that potential on the floor," said Favis prior to the Tigers’ preseason game.

Yeo joins Ali Peek, John Arigo, Neil Raneses, Johnny Abarrientos, Denok Miranda and Kalani Ferreria on the team, while others are still jostling for the slots left.

Gerard Francisco and William Antonio reportedly re-signed with the team for one year each while Rob Wainwright has moved on to Welcoat.

Unsure of their chances are rookie picks RJ Rizada, Manuel Caceres, Chris Pacana, Michael Gavino and Ronjay Enrile.


And yet he has been relegated to towel-waving and clapping. Doesn't Coke management want to make the most of its P8.5 million investment?

joelex
08-16-2007, 03:15 AM
alls not well with yeo and coach favis. yeo asked favis not to shout at him in public but favis took yeo's little request too personally. binangko tuloy.

tenorio and cardona, 2 of yeo's batchmates, were able to show their true game with the PT they have. yeo deserves the same for sure he has the talent to be an all star in the PBA.

cub
08-16-2007, 11:39 AM
bakit hindi na lang i-trade si Yeo sa Welcoat. kailangan siya ng welcoat kasi wala silang Dos. tapos ibigay na lang nila si Lopez or Ibañes.

erichubert
08-19-2007, 09:51 PM
It would be better to trade Yeo to Air21, dapat sinama siya sa package for Mark Telan. His running game would fit with the Express plus with Gary David injured, he would fit right in as the back up for JC Intal.

cub
08-19-2007, 11:00 PM
It would be better to trade Yeo to Air21, dapat sinama siya sa package for Mark Telan. His running game would fit with the Express plus with Gary David injured, he would fit right in as the back up for JC Intal.


back up for Intal? Intal would play the 2 position? hindi siguro.. i think Intal would be a 3 in air21 and will be a back up for Canaleta.

erichubert
08-20-2007, 11:48 AM
Well, with the composition of their line-up, I think Canaleta and Intal would be forced to play the 2 position. There is no other player playing the 2 in the team aside from David who is injured plus Coach Bo has said he wanted to have a lineup of Arboleda plus 4 tall players in the floor so it is not impossible to see Arboleda with lets say Intal, Arwind, Ranidel and Doug on the floor at the same time.

bchoter
08-21-2007, 05:23 PM
Intal may be a rookie but I wouldn't use him as Canaleta's back up. Canaleta is way too inconsistent to be a top gun

cub
08-21-2007, 07:20 PM
^ so mas uunahin mo pa si Intal kesa kay Canaleta? and you mean, consistent si Intal? i beg to disagree. hindi nga nakapagpakita masyado si Intal nung PBL eh. kay Canaleta ako. he can shoot threes and can be a match up problem to other teams. also, his experience playing with the Team Pilipinas is a plus factor.

erichubert
08-22-2007, 09:58 AM
For me I will use Intal as a starter and Canaleta off the bench. Intal has better handles and I think that both of them possess below average shooting from the outside. Canaleta hasn't really been consistent with his shooting either, and I think he will perform better as a reliever than Intal who if you notice performs better starting than coming off the bench.

Mikhail
08-22-2007, 10:07 AM
Wala namang other SG ang Air21 while David is out so I think makakapaglaro rin si Intal at the 2 spot. Regarding comparisons against Canaleta, Intal definitely has better handles and passes better. Sa 3 points pareho lang inconsistent ang dalawa.

For me i-start sila lahat. De Ocampo-Canaleta-Santos-Intal-Arbo. Hehehe. Takbuhan lang ng takbuhan.

salsa caballero
08-22-2007, 10:32 AM
In terms of all-around skills, I would give JC the edge.

In terms of dunking panache, Canaleta certainly has the edge.

Experience goes Canaleta's way as well. As pointed out, his time with Team Pilipinas is nothing to sneeze at.

HOWEVER, experience is gained with exposure. In view of JC's better all-around game, one would presume that the latter will get a lot of exposure. Thus, the experience factor will cease to be a factor, over time.

Hence, JC can find a very able back-up in Canaleta.