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Monday, October 28, 2013
MANILA —It’s going to be a toss-up between 7’0 Greg Slaughter and 6’7” Ian Sangalang for the no. 1 overall pick in the 2013 PBA Annual Rookie Draft on Nov. 3 at the Robinson’s Malate in Manila.
Both Slaughter, a former Gilas Pilipinas member and former Ateneo Blue Eagles star and Sangalang, a former San Sebastian Stags and one-time NCAA and PBA D-League MVP, reportedly attended a practice with Barangay Ginebra, who owns the right to pick first in the proceedings.
However, recent PBA Governor’s Cup titlist San Mig Coffee expressed interest also on the two prospects as coach Tim Cone said he will choose whoever is available when his turn to pick comes. The Coffee Mixers will pick second in the draft due to earlier trade with Globalport, while Rain or Shine owns the no. 3 pick from Barako Bull.
The next to pick is Barako Bull, which also gained the fifth and sixth slots in the first round.
A record 85 hopefuls expressed their readiness to play in the professional league. All of them attended the traditional biometrics test Monday conducted at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City.
Team owners and coaches had the chance to view the applicants as they were required to take a series of workouts designed to measure their skills and athleticisms.
Other notable players who joined the draft are Ryan Buenafe, RR Garcia, Nico Salva and Jeric Teng, while former Cesafi players Eliud Poligrates and Jayford Rodriguez are also trying their luck.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 29, 2013.