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Kent Salado, Edgar Charcos throw names into PBA Draft hat

By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 03, 2019 01:56 PM

(Photos by Josh Albelda)

Kent Salado and Edgar Charcos, two of the top five point guards in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament, have entered their names for consideration in the 2020 PBA Draft.

"Magpapa-draft na ako. Sana palarin," Salado said right after he wrapped up a remarkable run that spanned six years in Arellano University.

As a Chief, the 5-foot-9 court general experienced a runner-up finish as well as a couple of semifinals finishes. In his fifth and final season, which was also his comeback from an ACL injury, he averaged 16.2 points, 5.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals.

Now, Salado hopes to follow the footsteps of former running mate Jio Jalalon who has wasted no time translating his game for the Magnolia Hotshots.

And of course, the 24-year-old is only glad to acknowledge that playing with Jalalon and being given the responsibility of replacing him after was a positive. "Sa akin, good thing lahat nang nangyaring yun," he said.

For his part, Charcos is hoping to get boosted by a terrific two-year stint in University of Perpetual Help all the way to the rookie selection process.

"Mag-aapply na ako for the draft," he said following his last game as an Alta, for whom he normed 12.5 points, 4.8 assists, and 4.3 boards in his second and last season.

Before coming to Las Pinas, the 5-foot-8 playmaker spent two years with University of the East.

It was only in wine and gold, however, that Charcos finally got the break to showcase his skills.

If, by some chance, it doesn't work out in the PBA, the 23-year-old already has a contingency plan. "Kung hindi swertehin, sa MPBL ako," he said.

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