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CebuIslandLive.Com 2013 PBA Mock Draft

2 Nov

It’s PBA Draft time and former UV Green Lancer and ADMU Blue Eagle Greg Slaughter is set to be the No.1 pick of this year’s Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft. If he becomes the No.1 pick it will be the second straight year that a former CESAFI (Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc.) star ending up as the top pick of the draft after June Mar Fajardo was picked last year by the Petron Blaze Boosters.  The No.1 pick this  year belongs to fan favorite Barangay Ginebra Kings. Before the draft starts, the blog would like to give a mock draft and here it goes:

First Round (Over-all rank)

  • Pick 1 (1): Greg Slaughter (Ginebra) – Drafting Slaughter would give the Kings one of the most imposing front lines with Slaughter at Center and Aguilar at either forward spots. The extremely talented guards of Ginebra will have no fear to operate as they know that they have solid rebounders under the basket.  Ginebra becomes an instant championship favorite along with its sister teams. Drafting the former Green Lancer star is the best counter against the emergence of June Mar ” The Kraken” Fajardo.
  • Pick 2 (2): Ian Sangalang (San Mig Coffee) – As consolation for losing the Greg Slaughter sweepstakes, the recent Governor’s Cup champs will settle for the versatile Ian Sangalang.  He could be a useful big man for Tim Cone’s triangle offense.  His height will also give the Mixers another body to combat the likes of June Mar Fajardo who has been dominant in his meetings against the Mixers in past season.
  • Pick 3 (3): Raymund Almazan (Rain or Shine) – The Letran Knight has the height to be a legitimate center in the PBA but he still lacks the heft and the muscle to go toe to toe with Fajardo, Slaughter, or even an aging Taulava. He could get some tips from the shorter but way heftier Extra Rice Boys on how to get to the heads of taller and more talented big men and how to finish 5 cups of rice in every meal.
  • Pick 4 (4): Terence Romeo (Barako Bull) – The intense guard from the Far Eastern University is one of the most PBA ready scorers from this year’s batch.  He can play both guard positions and his creativity would be needed to help the Barako Bull to contend.
  • Pick 5 (5):  Jeric Teng (Barako Bull) – The feisty UST standout has enough moxie to become successful in the league.  If all 3 picks will stay with Barako then we would see the team assemble one of the most dynamic batch of youngsters in recent times.
  • Pick 6 (6): RR Garcia (Barako Bull) – Ok, maybe one pick will be traded but drafting RR Garcia along with the 2 earlier picks would give the team one heck of a guard rotation. With these fresh legs, the Barako Bull could press all the way till the 4th period.
  • Pick 7 (7): James Forrester (GlobalPort) – No one can deny the athletic ability of the Arellano University star. The Batang Pier team has a lot of holes and this could guy  could play a lot of minutes and could be a contender for rookie of the year.
  • Pick 8 (8): Nico Salva (Alaska) – The younger version of JC Intal could have valuable seasoning behind Cyrus Baguio and Dondon Hontiveros with the Aces. He could be a good fit in any team coming off the beach to provide scoring and many intangibles. He has been a big winner in the college ranks with a team running a pro-style offense.
  • Pick 9 (9): Justin Chua (Rain or Shine) – Rain or Shine has been undersized in the past couple of years. This draft will give them a chance to be taller just like the rest of the league. While Chua could be a project, he came from one of the country’s best college basketball programs and the transition to the pros will not be as hard as experts would think.
  • Pick 10 (10): Alex Nuyles (San Mig Coffee) – Fresh from a long hiatus after an injury, a fully healed Nuyles could be the next Gary David. If he lands with San Mig, he can probably spell James Yap or the PG position.  His presence could rejuvenate Yap and June Simon to be better this season or else be discarded for younger replacements.

This is just a mock of the first round and the blog will have a pick by pick analysis after the draft this afternoon.

Former ADMU and UV Center Greg Slaughter

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