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:
|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|
|9||Racal/KeraMix||RIOS Jordan M.||Saint Clare|
|10||AMA Online Education||PASCUAL Ryan||Cal State-Long Beach|
|12||CafeFrance||CASINO John Karlo E.||CEU|
|13||Wang’s Basketball||CASTRO Anthon Perie||Adamson|
|14||Mindanao||WETHERELL Taylor Waynne||Point Loma|
|15||Phoenix Petroleum||TAMSI Al Francis||FEU|
|16||Racal/KeraMix||SALADO Michael Kent||Arellano|
|17||AMA Online Education||DAGANGON Gabriel||UPHSD|
|20||Wang’s Basketball||CASTRO Sherwin||EAC|
|21||Mindanao||ONGTECO Jeffrey Ryan G.||Saint Benilde|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|46||Tanduay||PORTER Kristoffer James||ADMU|
|47||CafeFrance||ILARDE Neil Brian||NEU|
|48||Wang’s Basketball||LUCAS Charles Jacob||Jose Rizal|
|53||CafeFrance||REGALADO James Earl||USJR|