49-point man Alvin Pasaol is the prize in '17 PBA D-League Draft

 49-point man Pasaol is the prize in '17 PBA D-League Draft
Alvin Pasaol is widely-assumed to be the top pick in the upcoming PBA D-League Draft

Cold-blooded scorers Alvin Pasaol and Arvin Tolentino headline the new batch of aspirants who will test their mettle and join the 2017 PBA D-League Rookie Draft.

The two forwards banner the 201 rookies who have submitted their applications for the developmental league’s annual neophyte selection as they take their first step in reaching their dreams of making it to the pro league.

Pasaol turned heads this past UAAP season when he went ablaze and poured 49 points in one game for the University of the East before continuing his high-scoring ways to be considered as one of the most lethal offensive weapons in the amateur ranks.

Tolentino, on the other hand, rekindled his old flame and became one of the most reliable shooters for Far Eastern University this past year.

But the list of neophytes doesn’t stop there as other new blood are hoping to be picked and see action this upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, set to start on January 18.

Jeo Ambohot of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Abu Tratter of De La Salle University, Richard Escoto of FEU, and Christian Buñag of Mapua University have emerged as some of the best young bigs in the rookie pool.

Forwards will also be well represented with Javi Gomez de Liaño and Rob Ricafort of the University of the Philippines, Sean Manganti of Adamson University, Jayson David and JM Calma of San Sebastian College-Recoletos, and Rence Alcoriza and Michael Cañete of Arellano University all throwing their names in the hat.

The guard pool is also no pushover, with RK Ilagan and Renzo Navarro of San Sebastian; Robbie Manalang of Adamson; Hubert Cani, Wendell Comboy, and Joe Trinidad of FEU; Levi dela Cruz of Arellano; Jordan Sta. Ana of University of Sto. Tomas; Philip Manalang of UE; and Keith Pido of University of Perpetual Help all declaring for the draft.

The 2017 PBA D-League Rookie Draft will be on December 12 at PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig.

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