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Saturday, November 2, 2013
MANILA — Barangay Ginebra is expected to pick 6’11” Greg Slaughter as no. 1 overall in the 39th PBA Annual Rookie Draft at 4 p.m. today at the Robinson’s Place.
The Gin Kings, who got the no. 1 pick from a trade with Air 21, expressed interest on the former Gilas Pilipinas mainstay Slaughter, who could make for a formidable partnership with the 6’9” Japeth Aguilar.
Coach Ato Agustin hopes both Slaughter and Aguilar could help end the Kings five-year title drought. They won a championship crown for the last time in 2008 Fiesta Cup.
After Ginebra, the next to pick is recent Governor’s Cup titlist San Mig Coffee, which is also expected to take 6’7” former NCAA MVP Ian Sangalang. The third to pick is Rain or Shine and it already announced its preference for the 6’7 Letran center Raymund Almazan.
From the original list of 85 applicants, the number was reduced to 79 following the withdrawal of two, while four others were removed for failing to attend the traditional rookie biometrics without giving a valid reason.
Commissioner Chito Salud will lead the proceedings along with new board chairman Ramon Segismundo of Meralco.
If Ginebra picks Slaughter then it would be the second straight year that a big man will dominate the drafting after fellow Cebuano and 6’10” June Mar Fajardo was picked by Petron Blaze last year.
Barako Bull owns picks no. 4, 5 and 6, but reports said that the Energy Cola is keen on trading their rights for Dylan Ababou (Ginebra), Magi Sison and Mark Isip (Petron) and Dinok Miranda (Globalport) respectively.
The PBA commissioner’s office, however, has not yet confirmed the deal.
Globalport is no. 7 followed by Alaska and Rain or Shine at ninth. San Mig Coffee concludes the first round at no. 10. Petron, Air21, Meralco, and defending Philippine Cup champion Talk `N Text have no first round picks due to earlier trades.
Others expected to make the first round are reigning UAAP MVP Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia, Jerick Teng, Ryan Buenafe and Isaac Holstein.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 03, 2013.