Slaughter as No.1 pick?

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013


MANILA—Former University of the Visayas Green Lancer Greg Slaughter led a star-studded cast who filed applications for the 2013 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Draft on Nov. 3 at the Robinson's Place in Manila.

The 7-foot center Slaughter, who transferred to Ateneo de Manila and who also played with the Gilas Pilipinas that won the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia, is expected to be the top overall pick by Ginebra for the 39th season.

Ginebra edged San Mig Coffee for the right to pick first in a lottery held at halftime of Game 1 of the PBA Governor’s Cup Finals on Friday.

Both earned the rights for the top pick from Globalport and Air 21 Express respectively in an earlier trade deals.

If the 25-year-old Slaughter, who started playing basketball in the Philippines with the UV Green Lancers, will be picked by Ginebra, then he would be the second Cebuano to emerge as No. 1 pick after 6’10” June Mar Fajardo, who was the first pick in last year’s draft. He was selected by the Petron Blaze.

Others applying for the rookie draft are Slaughter’s former Ateneo teammates Nico Salva and Justin Chua. Two-time UAAP MVP awardee Bobby Ray Parks of National University is also expected to join the pool along with former San Sebastian College stars Ian Sangalang and Ronald Pascual.

They are expected to beat the Oct. 18 deadline for submission of application papers.

Letran's Raymond Almazan, University of the Philippines' Mike Silungan and Mark Lopez, Far Eastern University's Mark Bringas, Adamson’s James Camson, San Beda’s Jose Caram, San Sebastian’s Dave Najorda, Jose Rizal University's Jeckster Apinan and Arellano’s James Forrester are also set to try their skills in the professional league.

The 6’4 “Parks, son of late former PBA import Bobby Parks, could be Slaughter's rival for the No. 1 slot in the draft exercise. But big men 6’6” Sangalang, 6’7” Almazan, Salva, Pascual and Chua may steal the limelight from early favorites.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 16, 2013.

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