Perkins, Sargent Top D-League Draft

PBA officials and team representatives pose for posterity at the conclusion of the 2016 D-League Draft.

PBA officials and team representatives pose for posterity at the conclusion of the 2016 D-League Draft.

2016 Aspirants Cup     PASIG CITY – The De La Salle University pair of Jason Perkins and Julian Sargent were the top two selections in the 2015 PBA D-League Rookie Draft held last December 1 (Tuesday) at the PBA Cafe. The burly Perkins was the overall first pick by Racal/KeraMix while AMA Online Education wasted no time in tabbing Sargent with the second pick.

After the two Green Archers, Tanduay Rhum made Ateneo Blue Eagle Von Pessumal the third pick. Foundation Cup champion CafeFrance then used the fourth pick on Filipino-American Taylor Statham.

Picking fifth, Wang’s Basketball went for another Fil-Am in Avery Scharer of Shoreline Community College. Newcomer Mindanao Aguilas used their turn on Michael Williams, whose credentials include a stint with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League last season.

Two school-based squads, JAM Liner-UP and Phoenix Petroleum-FEU rounded out the first round by selecting their own players, Augustini Amar and Richard Escoto at seventh and eighth respectively. The ninth team, returnee Banco de Oro-NU passed before making any selections.

Aside from getting Perkins, arguably the best available talent, Racal/KeraMix coach Carlos Garcia used their other selections to acquire Jordan Rios of Saint Clare College and the Arellano University backcourt tandem of Kent Salado and Zach Nicholls. AMA used their other picks to get their own players in Paul Carpio and Milo Lorenzo, shooter Gab Dagangon of Perpetual Help, Alfred Valle of San Agustin-Bacolod and Fil-foreigners Ryan Pascual and Al Josef Cariaga.

“Sargent was really on our radar from Day One,” said AMA coach Mark Herrera. “He will be a big complement to our returning veterans like Jay-R Taganas, Jerramy King and James Martinez.”

Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson and team manager Jean Alabanza went on a drafting spree and chose 10 more names after Pessumal, most notably another Ateneo player in Alfonso Gotladera, said to be the top center prospect in the pool. Also getting picked by Tanduay were crack guards CJ Isit of Mapua Tech and Joseph Nalos of Adamson.

The CafeFrance Bakers actually used their second to sixth picks on players from Centro Escolar namely Joseph Manlangit, JK Casino, Jhan Anunciacion, O’Neil Arim and Rich Guinitaran. Under a new rule, the Bakers or any school-based team are required to have at least nine varsity players in order to field a foreign student – in the Bakers’ case, Foundation Cup Finals hero Rodrigue Ebondo from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Coach Edgar Macaraya used the rest of the Bakers’ picks on Manuel L. Quezon’s Christopher Bitoon, New Era big man Brian Ilarde, Jerrick Fabian of San Sebastian and several players from Cebu in Kevin Villafranca, James Regalado and Franz Arong. CafeFrance drafted the most players with a total of 12.

Scharer was a potential top pick until he slid all the way to fifth. Wang’s then selected Emilio Aguinaldo Generals Francis Munsayac and Sherwin Castro and after a few more picks ended by drafting Charles Jacob Lucas, son of Coach Pablo Lucas.

Still with no coach at the moment, Mindanao Aguilas team managers Sergei Bien Orillo and Junnie Navarro said that they are giving priority to players from the island. “Watch out for Williams, he will be a big surprise,” said Orillo.

Minimal wheeling and dealing is expected from the camps of BDO, Phoenix and JAM since their rosters will basically be the same units they fielded in the recent college basketball season. The only major change thus far is that it will be Coach Joe Ward who will be calling the shots for JAM in lieu of Coach Rensy Bajar.

PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa welcomed all the team representatives and guests. The season-opening Aspirants Cup is scheduled to open on January 21, 2016 (Thursday).

The complete draft results:

1 Racal/KeraMix PERKINS Jason DLSU
2 AMA Online Education SARGENT Julian DLSU
3 Tanduay PESSUMAL Von Rolfe V. ADMU
4 CafeFrance STATHAM Taylor Cal State-San Bernardino
5 Wang’s Basketball SCHARER Avery Shoreline
6 Mindanao WILLIAMS Michael Kurtiz Cal State-Fullerton
7 JAM Liner AMAR Augustini D. UP-Diliman
8 Phoenix Petroleum ESCOTO Richard FEU
BDO pass
9 Racal/KeraMix RIOS Jordan M. Saint Clare
10 AMA Online Education PASCUAL Ryan Cal State-Long Beach
11 Tanduay GOTLADERA Alfonso ADMU
12 CafeFrance CASINO John Karlo E. CEU
13 Wang’s Basketball CASTRO Anthon Perie Adamson
14 Mindanao WETHERELL Taylor Waynne Point Loma
JAM Liner pass
15 Phoenix Petroleum TAMSI Al Francis FEU
16 Racal/KeraMix SALADO Michael Kent Arellano
17 AMA Online Education DAGANGON Gabriel UPHSD
18 Tanduay NALOS Joseph Adamson
19 CafeFrance MANLANGIT Joseph CEU
20 Wang’s Basketball CASTRO Sherwin EAC
21 Mindanao ONGTECO Jeffrey Ryan G. Saint Benilde
Phoenix Petroleum pass
22 Racal/KeraMix NICHOLLS Zachary James C. Arellano
23 AMA Online Education CARPIO Paul Jerome AMA
24 Tanduay HERNDON Robert San Francisco State
25 CafeFrance ANUNCIACION Sir Arthur Jhan Z. CEU
26 Wang’s Basketball DADJILUL Abubakar San Agustin
27 Mindanao VILLANUEVA Ivan Adamson
Racal/KeraMix pass
28 AMA Online Education CASTRO Miguel Lorenzo AMA
29 Tanduay ISIT Carlos J. Mapua Tech
30 CafeFrance ARIM Oliver Neal E. CEU
31 Wang’s Basketball MUNSAYAC Francis John EAC
32 Mindanao DELFINADO Jason FEU
33 AMA Online Education VALLE Alfred CSA-Bacolod
34 Tanduay BANAL Rafael M. Hope International
35 CafeFrance GUINITARAN Rich Lorenz L. CEU
36 Wang’s Basketball RAZON Samuel UE
37 Mindanao RIVERA Jaynard Immaculate Conception
38 AMA Online Education CARIAGA Al Josef Benedict Southern Alberta Tech
39 Tanduay ONG Kurtis Holy Names
40 CafeFrance BITOON Christopher MLQU
41 Wang’s Basketball OKTUBRE Rhaffy UV
42 Mindanao VESAGAS Edwin Christopher Southern City
AMA Online Education pass
43 Tanduay OKUBO Masshi M. UPHSD
44 CafeFrance VILLAFRANCA Kevin Rey M. USJR
45 Wang’s Basketball ROCHE Ernesto Holy Cross
Mindanao pass
46 Tanduay PORTER Kristoffer James ADMU
47 CafeFrance ILARDE Neil Brian NEU
48 Wang’s Basketball LUCAS Charles Jacob Jose Rizal
49 Tanduay REYES Gabriel DLSU
50 CafeFrance ARONG Francisco UV
Wang’s Basketball pass
51 Tanduay GADON Jay TIP-Manila
52 CafeFrance FABIAN Jerrick SSC-R
Tanduay pass
53 CafeFrance REGALADO James Earl USJR
CafeFrance pass

About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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