A first look at the 2008 PBA Draft aspirants: Top Picks
July 9, 2008 by Christian Angelo Jacinto
I bet you guys are curious on who’s going to be the next batch of rookies to play in the PBA next year. Gabe Norwood is a unanimous answer on who’s going to be the top rookie next.. but what about the others? Join me as we take a first look at the next batch of PBA superstars. First up, the top picks…
Projected landing: Top 3, possibly number 1
Analysis: At 6’5, he handles the ball fairly well. Can play the number 1 spot all the way to the three spot. Provides match up problems especially if he plays the two guard position. Also a capable defender, especially in traps, can use those long arms deflecting the ball away in a full court press or in a half court zone press. Has US Collegiate Basketball experience. Will blossom with teams like Welcoat, Air 21, Talk and Text and Coca Cola.
Projected landing: Top 5
Analysis: Bulky point guard with a high basketball IQ. Has shades of Sta.Lucia rookie stand out Ryan Reyes, a very good one on one defender because of that wide body frame. Will blossom with teams like Alaska, Welcoat and Red Bull
Projected landing: Top 3
Analysis: The best bigman in the draft class today. A very athletic 6’5 with a PBA ready body. Reminds me of a Mark Pingris with better offensive skillset. Will most likely blossom with a team that needs a reliable bigman and if you’re talking about teams that needs reliable bigmen.. you’re talking about Ginebra.
Projected landing: Top 3, could be a good steal at 2.
Analysis: Another big kid who can play both wing position. Can create match up problems specially if he plays the two guard spot. Has range that extends all the way to the three point area and can play the point occasionally, and make plays for his teammates. He is most suitable to play with a team like Purefoods who is in need of a good small forward.
Projected landing: Mid pick in the first round
Analysis: A very versatile player who can play both forward position. Has range which can extend all the way to the three point line and can create shots for himself. Suitable to play with Ginebra and Welcoat.