Fil-foreigners steal spotlight from Pasaol in D-League Draft

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 12, 2017 04:03 PM
Fil-foreigners steal spotlight from Pasaol in D-League Draft
Filipino-Canadian Owen Graham and Filipino-American Kyle Toth were called before local superstar Alvin Pasaol in the 2017 PBA D-League Draft

Little-known Filipino-foreigners Owen Graham and Kyle Toth were picked before highly-touted locals Alvin Pasaol and Arvin Tolentino in the 2017 PBA D-League Draft.

Graham, a 25-year-old who grew up in Canada, was the top pick by AMA Online Education in the rookie selection process held on Tuesday at the PBA Café in Ortigas

Asked about their choice, head coach Mark Herrera said, “All-around player siya. Para siyang si Arwind Santos.”

Fil-American Toth, aged 24, was the next name off the board, going to Marinerong Pilipino.

Jose Romeo Bellosillo, a 26-year-old product of STI, then followed suit, headed to Mila’s Lechon.

All three were called in the first round and before University of the East pride Pasaol, widely-regarded as the best local talent in the pool.

AMA selected Arellano University’s Michael Canete to start the second round before the Skippers finally got their hands on Pasaol.

Thirteen teams were technically in the draft order, but 10 were school-based and as such, already had lineups beforehand.

And so, only AMA, Marinerong Pilipino, and Mila’s Lechon were the ones primarily choosing from the pool of 194.

Far Eastern University’s Tolentino fell to the seventh round, also going to the Skippers.

Other notable names include Tamaraws Richard Escoto and Barkley Ebona (AMA), De La Salle University’s Abu Tratter (Marinerong Pilipino), Ateneo de Manila University’s Vince Tolentino (Marinerong Pilipino), and the University of the Philippines’ Rob Ricafort (Che’Lu).

The 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup tips off on January 18 at Pasig’s Ynares Sports Arena.


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