Cebu’s Slaughter is top PBA draftee-A A +A
Sunday, November 3, 2013
MANILA (Updated 10:52 p.m.) -- Cebuano bigman Greg Slaughter nailed the top spot in the annual rookie draft of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) on Sunday, placing him in the position occupied last year by Cesafi rival Junemar Fajardo.
Slaughter ended up in the Barangay Ginebra Kings, a team looking to end a five-year title drought. At seven feet, he is expected to help Ginebra in the post, alongside 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar.
“We have the best fans here and we have all the support. I’m excited to play for this organization,” said Slaughter in an interview at the Robinson’s Place in Ermita, Manila.
The 25-year-old was instrumental to Ateneo de Manila’s five-year reign in the UAAP but he was first noticed in the Cesafi, where he became the first player in the league’s 12-year-history to collar three most valuable player awards-- regular season, Finals and All-Star in 2008.
He also went against Fajardo, now with sister team Petron Boosters, in three seasons before landing in the Blue Eagles nest. Slaughter played for the University of the Visayas, the current Cesafi champion.
Three more Cebuanos were given the chance to fulfill their professional dreams.
Gayford Rodriguez (UV), was chosen 19th overall. The 6-foot-3 guard joins three-point shootout king Chris Tiu and Gilas Pilipinas member Jeff Chan in Rain or Shine.
Talk 'N Text, meanwhile, tapped Southwestern University alumnus Eliud Poligrates and Ateneo's Oping Sumalinog, whose former coach, Norman Black, is the head bench tactician of the Tropang Texters.
Governor’s Cup titlist San Mig Coffee, which holds the second overall pick, selected former NCAA MVP Ian Sangalang while Letran’s Raymond Almazan went to Rain or Shine.
Barako Bull let go of picks no. 4, 5 and 6 in exchange for acquiring players such as Rico Maierhofer (Ginebra) and Denok Miranda (Globalport). Struggling franchise Globalport then took the opportunity of bringing Arellano University’s James Forrester, reigning UAAP MVP Terrence Romeo, and RR Garcia to the fold.
Rounding out the top 10 were Isaac Holstein (Globalport), former Ateneo star Ryan Buenafe (Alaska), ex-Adamson University standout Alex Nuyles (Rain or Shine) and Justin Chua (San Mig Coffee).
Other notable acquisitions include University of Santo Tomas skipper Jeric Teng (Rain or Shine) and former teammate Jeric Fortuna (Barako Bull), five-time UAAP champion Nico Salva (Globalport), La Salle's LA Revilla (Globalport) former Adamson cager Eric Camson (Air 21), actor Ervic Vijandre (Rain or Shine) and Carlo Lastimosa (Barako Bull), nephew of PBA legend Jojo Lastimosa.
This year’s draft attracted 85 applicants, the most since 2003, but only 79 made it to the final roster after two backed out while four others were delisted for skipping the traditional rookie biometrics without valid reason.
Overall, 44 young men were drafted.
The PBA Philippine Cup will open on November 17 with games at the Araneta Coliseum, New Cebu Coliseum and Davao City. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)