Consensus top picks present in first day of PBA Draft Combine
Philip Matel on Dec 12, 2018 03:36 PM
CJ Perez, Ray Parks Jr., and Robert Bolick led the 47 players in attendance for the whole-day event that culminated in several scrimmages in the afternoon.
Projected top-three picks CJ Perez, Ray Parks, Jr., and Robert Bolick were on-hand in the first day of the PBA Draft Combine held at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong on Wednesday.
The aformentioned trio led the 47 players in attendance for the whole-day event that culminated in several scrimmages in the afternoon.
RR de Leon, who played with the UE Red Warriors, was the lone absentee at the event.
Perez, Parks, Jr., and Bolick may end up with the Columbian Dyip, Blackwater Elite and the NorthPort Batang Pier, respectively.
Also in attendance were NCAA Season 94 Finals MVP Javee Mocon, UP's Paul Desiderio, Fil-Am PBA D-League standout Trevis Jackson, former UAAP Mythical Five member Jjay Alejandro, among others.
The top three players in the draft were happy and excited at the possibilities that lie ahead at the PBA Rookie Draft this Sunday at Robinson's Place Manila.
Perez, the NCAA Season 93 MVP, is pegged to be the first overall selection by Columbian, a squad that has struggled in the past years, and will benefit from his scoring and playmaking skills.
"Given yung pressure eh. Pagdating ko dyan sa PBA, nasa top-3 pick ako. Yung expectation rin ang nakaka-pressure. Siyempre naman, pag nasa top ka, nasa top rin laro mo. Malaking pressure pero kailangan paghandaan talaga," the former LPU Pirate said.
For Parks, who took a long journey to the NBA D-League, Summer League, and the Asean Basketball League before finally deciding joining the first pro league in Asia, bared that he is just relishing in the moment, as he finally follows the footsteps of his late father.
"I'm excited, it’s a different milestone for sure and this is gonna be interesting," the two-time UAAP MVP said.
"Everybody’s here, it doesn’t matter what league you played in it’s still basketball, it’s a new chapter of my life," he added.
For Bolick, who led San Beda to back-to-back titles, jitters were already out of the equation since he decided to declare himself eligible for the Rookie Draft.
"Masaya syempre. Pero at the same time challenging pa rin. Kasi mga draftees dito magagaling e. lahat din sila gusto magpakita... Eto yung gusto ko, yung challenge e. Kung walang challenge di ka mago-grow. Mas maraming challenges, better."
For a man that has experience rejection and redemption, Bolick furthered that he does not care where his destination will be, as long as he will give heart and soul once he steps in the hardwood.
"Kung ano ginagawa ko sa college, ganun gagawin ko sa pros. 'Di ako nammili ng team. Bibigay ko lang lahat ng kaya ko ibigay. I'll just work hard. Ito na yung pangarap ko eh bibitawan ko pa ba? Pakamatayan ko na 'to. Ready na ako sa challenges kasi magagaling na tong mga kalaban ko eh."
The first day consisted of physiological exams, including body measurements and skills tests in the morning, and scrimmages in the afternoon.
Former PBA D-League player John Ragasa clocked the fastest time in the shuttle run at 21.97 seconds, while former FEU Tamaraw Joe Trinidad ran for 3.25 seconds in the 3/4th court sprint.
Ex-UST skipper Jeepy Faundo leaped the vertical the highest at 33.29 inches, while former Ateneo player Dan Wong soared to a 39.19-inch maximum touch in the jump height.
Mapua alum CJ Isit showed his sharpness and quickness by ending the lane agility test at 11.2 seconds, and aced the reaction test at 84 percent.
Here is the full list of the participants of the first day of action.
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