Teng Is Top Pick

img_20161220_1210232017 Aspirants Cup     PASIG CITY – As expected, AMA Online Education made De La Salle University superstar Jeron Teng as the first overall selection of the 2016 PBA D-League Draft Tuesday (December 20) at the PBA Cafe. Teng leads 73 other hopefuls who heard their names called by the eight participating teams in the exercise that took 18 rounds to complete.

While Teng was an almost certainty, surprises began to unfold in the succeeding picks.  Teams went for height as centers were chosen over the popular names floated.

Tanduay Rhum went for Letran’s Jomari Sollano followed by Racal Tiles tabbing San Lorenzo shot block demon Jun Gabriel, Wang’s getting Ateneo’s G-Boy Babilonia and newcomer Batangas landing Wilmar Anderson.  School-based squads then picked their own players to complete the first round selections with Art Patrick Aquino (CafeFrance-CEU), Jayson Grimaldo (Victoria Sports-MLQU) and Davon Potts (Cignal HD-San Beda) getting the call.

Still, the biggest surprise came with the late drafting of Jason Brickman.  Touted as a possible challenger to Teng for the top pick, the Filipino-American guard slid all the way to the fourth round as was quickly chosen by Tanduay with the 26th overall pick.

Batangas made the most picks with 18.  Coach Eric Gonzales gave priority to talents from the province led by first round pick 6’5″ Anderson out of the University of Batangas.

Also with a big harvest from the draft was Victoria Sports with 12 draftees.  AMA was next with 10 picks made.

Another school-based team Jose Rizal University opted not make any picks while the 10th entry BluStar of Malaysia did not join due to its status as a guest team.

“The PBA is a destination of dreams,” said Commissioner Andres Y. Narvasa in his welcome remarks.  “We are laying big plans for the league including the setting up of a D-League in the Visayas and Mindanao.”

Teams have until December 27 to tender an offer to their drafted players or else they become free agents.  The PBA D-League Aspirants Cup will commence on January 19, 2017 at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Here is the complete list of draftees in chronological order:

# Team Player School
ROUND ONE
1 AMA Online Education TENG Jeron Alvin U. De La Salle University
2 Tanduay Rhum SOLLANO Jomari T. Colegio de San Juan de Letran
3 Racal Tiles GABRIEL Jon Jon A. Colegio de San Lorenzo
4 CafeFrance AQUINO Art Patrick M. Centro Escolar University
5 Wang’s Basketball BABILONIA Gideon Ira M. Ateneo de Manila University
6 Victoria Sports-MLQU GRIMALDO Jayson L. Manuel L. Quezon University
7 Cignal HD-SBC POTTS Davon Anthony B. San Beda College
8 Batangas ANDERSON Wilmar M. University of Batangas
ROUND TWO
9 AMA Online Education FAUNDO Jeepy C. University of Santo Tomas
10 Tanduay Rhum ARONG Monbert D. Far Eastern University
11 Racal Tiles BALANZA Jerrick G, Colegio de San Juan de Letran
12 CafeFrance VERON Mishaal Ehsan Centro Escolar University
13 Wang’s Basketball ARANA Justin P. University of Santo Tomas
14 Victoria Sports-MLQU LAO Nikko Femm V. Manuel L. Quezon University
15 Cignal HD-SBC BOLICK Robert Lee Jr. San Beda College
16 Batangas MACASAET Jon Cornelius E. University of Santo Tomas
ROUND THREE
17 AMA Online Education BONLEON Mario Emmanuel Jr. University of Santo Tomas
18 Tanduay Rhum VARILLA Paul Andrew S. University of the East
19 Racal Tiles TALLO Mark Jayven B. Southwestern University-Phinma
20 CafeFrance WAMAR Orlan A. Jr. Centro Escolar University
21 Wang’s Basketball LALATA Chris B. Saint Francis of Assisi College System
22 Victoria Sports-MLQU MALLARI Jeymark S. Manuel L. Quezon University
23 Cignal HD-SBC SOBERANO Amiel Cris San Beda College
24 Batangas DE LA PENA Chrisantoni M. Colegio de San Juan de Letran
ROUND FOUR
25 AMA Online Education PALMA Emil Renz E. University of the East
26 Tanduay Rhum BRICKMAN Jason Alexander S. Long Island University
27 Racal Tiles SINGONTIKO Daryl O. University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta
28 CafeFrance CAPOBRES Alvin John M. San Sebastian College-Recoletos
29 Wang’s Basketball AYONAYON Rian Michael S. Philippine Christian University
30 Victoria Sports-MLQU BALIDAY John Paul Manuel L. Quezon University
31 Cignal HD-SBC OFTANA Calvin San Beda College
32 Batangas DE GUZMAN Thomas Kevin A. Sacramento State University
ROUND FIVE
33 AMA Online Education BARUA Peejay De La Salle University
34 Tanduay Rhum CAHILIG Andreas Philip G. EARIST
35 Racal Tiles SHERRIF Sheak Jamil S. University of Santo Tomas
36 CafeFrance BULANADI Allyn B. San Sebastian College-Recoletos
37 Wang’s Basketball LACSAMANA Earvin Ace Champlain College Sait-Lambert
38 Victoria Sports-MLQU RIVERA Gianne Paulo H. Manuel L. Quezon University
39 Cignal HD-SBC BAHIO John Brylle San Beda College
40 Batangas YASA John Reynald H. Philippine Christian University
ROUND SIX
41 AMA Online Education COX Sabah Ala Cagayan de Oro College
Tanduay Rhum PASS
42 Racal Tiles CORONEL Antonio Jeffrey L. University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta
43 CafeFrance MERCADO Justine Louie C. San Sebastian College-Recoletos
Wang’s Basketball PASS
44 Victoria Sports-MLQU PADUA Justin John G. Manuel L. Quezon University
45 Cignal HD-SBC PRESBITERO Jose Mari San Beda College
46 Batangas MANGABANG Lucky E. University of Batangas
ROUND SEVEN
47 AMA Online Education RILEY Jason Jr. AMA University
48 Racal Tiles TORRES Thomas De La Salle University
49 CafeFrance ORTEGA Caesar Ian University of San Carlos
50 Victoria Sports-MLQU DE LA CRUZ Allen King Manuel L. Quezon Univesity
51 Cignal HD-SBC ALAS Kenneth Louie P. San Beda College
52 Batangas CARONGOY Mark Kenneth M. Colegio de San Lorenzo
ROUND EIGHT
54 Racal Tiles BASIBAS Regie Boy C. University of Santo Tomas
CafeFrance PASS
55 Victoria Sports-MLQU JUNSAY Alexander Manuel L. Quezon Univesity
56 Cignal HD-SBC CARLOS Kyle Chester San Beda College
57 Batangas MAGBUHOS Grecco Louie V. Lyceum of the Philippines University
ROUND NINE
58 AMA Online Education BERNABE Matthew M. Colegio de San Juan de Letran
Racal Tiles PASS
59 Victoria Sports-MLQU PLATA Miguel C. University of Mindanao
60 Cignal HD-SBC CARLOS Krenz N. University of New South Wales
61 Batangas ADA Justin Val M. LPU-Laguna
ROUND TEN
62 AMA Online Education GACO Jay-Ar A. Arellano University
63 Victoria Sports-MLQU BUTRON Harold James Adamson University
Cignal HD-SBC PASS
64 Batangas MENDOZA Earvin C. Saint Clare College of Caloocan
ROUND ELEVEN
AMA Online Education PASS
65 Victoria Sports-MLQU HARUNA Mustapha Yankie B. College of Saint Benilde
66 Batangas LASCANO Benhur Joey P. De Ocampo Memorial College
ROUND TWELVE
67 Victoria Sports-MLQU LEE Dean Marvin M. University of Santo Tomas
68 Batangas REVADAVIA Kiervin C. Saint Vincent College
ROUND THIRTEEN
Victoria Sports-MLQU PASS
69 Batangas DE JOYA Cedric M. University of Batangas
ROUND FOURTEEN
70 Batangas FORTU Don Carlo B. University of the Philippines-Diliman
ROUND FIFTEEN
71 Batangas INCIONG Raymond B. Batangas State University
ROUND SIXTEEN
72 Batangas BAUTISTA Jose Mari S. PNTC
ROUND SEVENTEEN
73 Batangas CAILAO Mark Algene C. LPU-Laguna
ROUND EIGHTEEN
74 Batangas CARANGUIAN Dahrrel B. De Ocampo Memorial College
**NOTHING FOLLOWS**
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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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