Unheralded Alolino, Javier headline non-Gilas draftees
The big names Mac Belo, Kevin Ferrer and Jio Jalalon are in the Gilas special draft, but there remains a lot of fish in the sea in the PBA Regular Draft Selection or virtually the second round of the PBA draft. Remember, even the five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant was picked in the second round.
Here are the sleepers that Fastbreak thinks would make it to the pro league.
- Gelo Alolino – Blackwater Elite
Alolino already steered National University to its first championship in UAAP Season 77. His playmaking is solid, and is taller than most guards. With the news looming that Carlo Lastimosa will be traded to NLEX, Alolino might land as a starter for the cellar dwellers in PBA.
- Chris Javier – Phoenix Fuel Masters
Javier was barely remembered as the longtime UE center who missed the Final Four in all of his playing years. His decent perimeter shooting can give him the second spot in the regular draft, which most big men lack of. Phoenix is already a guard-laden squad, so they are surely looking for an enforcer in Javier.
- Rashawn McCarthy – Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings
McCarthy had been a consistent double-digit scorer in the PBA D-League, where he played for AMA. The 6’1 guard is an intense all-around player which Ginebra can rely on off the bench.
- Ryan Arambulo – Mahindra Enforcers
Mahindra Enforcers might acquire the 6’2 athletic baller from California. Arambulo already played for AMA in D-League alongside McCarthy, where they carried most of the scoring load for the D-League squad.
- Joseph Eriobu – Star Hotshots
With the guard-heavy lineup of Hotshots which include PJ Simon, Mark Barroca, RR Garcia, Justin Melton and the newly-traded Paul Lee, they are likely to get a versatile and energetic forward and the best option is the Mapua star.
- Jonathan Grey – San Miguel Beermen
The perennial title contender San Miguel Beermen already had an almost complete lineup, yet the former College of St. Benilde standout is still a possible great addition for the defending All-Filipino conference champion. Grey already carved his name in NCAA where he also bagged the All-Star MVP plum. His hot shooting is definitely to die for.
- Paolo Javelona – Meralco Bolts
When Troy Rosario left the NU lair, Javelona was one of the Bulldogs who carried NU to a Final Four finish in UAAP Season 78. He was a terrific shooter from the three-point line for the Bulldogs, and Meralco can land the soft-spoken but explosive guard to add to their pool of deadly snipers
- Raffy Banal – NLEX Road Warriors
The Hope International University California aspirant had played in D-League where he showcased his skills as a playmaker. Standing at 6’2, Banal is a prized rookie which NLEX can bank on when their primary backcourt players are struggling.
- Jeff Javillonar – Rain or Shine
Javillonar was a product of the NU basketball program and he was part of the Season 77 champion squad. His defensive brand of playing perfectly fits the big men system of the Elasto Painters.
- Ginebra – PASS
The Governor’s Cup titlist might say pass as they already had two picks which were enough reinforcements to their already talented roster.
- Achi Iñigo – Alaska
Iñigo was no doubt an underrated point guard from FEU, but his quality minutes from the bench were big for the defending UAAP champions. The Aces can develop him.
- Paolo Pontejos – Phoenix Fuel Masters
The explosive point guard was one of the focal points of offense for JRU Bombers. The 5’9 Pontejos can hit shots from outside, and his playmaking is a diamond in the rough.