Second generation Ael Banal is top pick of regular PBA Draft

Paul Lintag on Oct 30, 2016 07:01 PM
Second generation Ael Banal is top pick of regular PBA Draft
Blackwater kept it safe, no surprises.

Blackwater kept it safe, no surprises.

The Elite made US-trained Ael Banal, son of former TNT head coach Joel, as the top pick of the 2016 PBA Draft Sunday at the Robinsons Place Manila.

Banal, a 6’2 combo guard out of Hope International University in California, is a welcome addition to the elite who already snagged former FEU star Mac Belo in the Gilas Pilipinas selection.

With the second pick, the Phoenix Fuel Masters selected a point guard in UAAP Season 77 champion with the NU Bulldogs’ Gelo Alolino, pairing him up with shooter Matthew Wright.

The first surprise of the draft came in the third pick as Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel took big man Jammer Jamito out of St. Clare.

Mahindra got its wish in the no. 4 spot after snagging Mapua’s Joseph Eriobu. Floodbuster’s top deputy Chris Gavina earlier called the former Cardinal as the sleeper pick of this draft.

After going small in the Gilas selection with Jio Jalalon, the Star Hotshots went big in the regular draft after taking UE’s Chris Javier at no. 5.

San Miguel went the Fil-Am route with the 6th pick in Rashawn McCarthy while the Bolts added a rookie shooter after taking CSB’s Jonathan Grey at no. 7.

The Road Warriors took guard Reden Celda out of NU at no. 8 while Ginebra drafted its practice player in Jonathan de Guzman at 10.

Rain or Shine and Alaska passed at no. 9 and no. 11 respectively and the Fuel Masters rounded out the first round at no. 12 with NU’s Jeff Javillonar.

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