Two-way guards Montalbo, Black finally making jump to PBA
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 28, 2019 02:49 PM
(Photo by Richard Esguerra)
After a year of showcasing their skills in other venues, Kib Montalbo and Aaron Black have both declared for the 2019 PBA Draft.
“Excited, nakakakaba, pero I’m ready for it,” Montalbo said. “Ever since I started playing, dream ko maabot yung PBA.”
Following a strong stint for De La Salle University, Montalbo saw action in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President’s Cup and then the MPBL Lakan Cup.
There, the 6-foot guard proved that he is still the same lockdown defender, but with a few more offensive weapons to wield.
Of course, Montalbo is nothing but thankful for all he had learned in the year-long leadup to his joining of the rookie selection process. ”Actually, 3x3 helped me with my individual skills and MPBL helped me in developing pa my 5-on-5 abilities,” he said.
The same can be said for Black who opened eyes in the MPBL Lakan Cup and then the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup after winning back-to-back championships in Ateneo de Manila University. “I was happy with how my collegiate career ended, but I needed to be able to showcase myself,” he shared
He then continued, “In the (PBA) D-League and the MPBL, I think I was able to do that.”
Indeed, the 22-year-old put up per game counts of 25.2 points in 44 percent shooting, 12.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists, and 1.5 steals for AMA while also posting numbers of 11.6 markers, 7.2 boards, and 5.1 assists for Quezon City/Zamboanga.
Aside from Black and Montalbo, other PBA D-League and MPBL players to gave thrown their names into the hat of the 2019 PBA Draft in December 8 are Mike Ayonayon (San Juan), Chris Bitoon (Manila), Aris Dionisio (Manila), Richard Escoto (Iloilo), Leo Gabo of (Basilan/BRT-Sumisip-St. Clare), Arvin Tolentino (Batangas/Nueva Ecija), William McAloney (Cebu).
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