THE COLUMBIAN Dyip selected a pair of big men in the annual Philippine Basketball Association rookie draft held on Sunday at the Robinson’s Place Manila.
Columbian first picked Ateneo center Isaac Go in the special Gilas Pilipinas draft then selected Filipino-American Roosevelt Adams in the regular draft.
Mr. Go, who helped the Blue Eagles to a three-peat in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines before leaving, will be on loan to the Gilas program in preparation for the 2023 FIBA World Cup but has his rights with Columbian.
Selected second in the five-player Gilas draft was University of the East’s Rey Suerte (Blackwater Elite), followed by Ateneo’s Matt Nieto (NLEX Road Warriors), San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi (Alaska Aces) and Ateneo’s Mike Nieto (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters).
Picked second in the regular draft after Mr. Adams was Fil-Am Maurice Shaw (Blackwater). Mike Ayonayon (NLEX), Barkley Ebona (Alaska) and Adrian Wong (Rain or Shine ) complete the top five.
The Elasto Painters then selected Clint Doliguez and Prince Rivero for the sixth and seventh picks, respectively, after which Northport Batang Pier picked Sean Manganti (eighth), Aris Dionisio at ninth to Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok, and Arvin Tolentino at 10th to the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings.
Completing the first round of the regular draft were Kib Montalbo at 11th to the TNT KaTropa and Christian Balagasay at 12th to Columbian. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo