New generation of PBA superstars who applied for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft will be called one-by-one by no other than the PBA’s Commissioner Chito Narvasa and this will start at 4:00 P.M. at the Robinsons Place Manila.
The 42nd season has just concluded, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel most likely still in the cloud 9 as they continue to celebrate their success in 2017 Governors’ Cup.
June Mar Fajardo and the rest of the Beermen were also had a successful 2016-17 campaign as they bagged the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cup. Not to mention to all of the major awards that the SMB players gathered during those past two conferences.
Going forward, all of the twelve teams are now preparing for the upcoming season and one of its preparation is the welcoming of new players in the league.
Probably one of the most hyped draft class in the PBA history because of the loaded talents it brings. Top names in the crop are Kiefer Ravena, Christian Standhardinger, Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose and Jett Manuel.
These hopefuls boosted their respective chances to get drafted after showcasing their skills as a member of Gilas Pilipinas.
Standhardinger who is with the national team from this year’s Jones Cup, 2017 FIBA Asia and in the 2017 SEA Games. He is projected to be the number one overall pick.
“(Standhardinger) has the size and the quickness. You can find bigs at 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9 who will have the size but not his quickness. That’s going to be a rarity,” NLEX coach Guiao said who owns the first round second overall pick.
The other player who is contending as the 2017 top pick is Kiefer Ravena. The son of former PBA player, Bong Ravena who also a recipient of PBA Rookie of the Year is already making noise since his amateur days as an Ateneo Blue Eagle.
“Kiefer’s IQ is really high. He can influence the game from the point guard position even if he’s going to be a rookie as young as he is. To me, iyon ang biggest asset ni Kiefer,” coach Yeng Guiao said.