14 rookie PBA pros picked.
The big show went according to script. Mobiline grabbed
Fil-American six-foot-eight Andrew John Seigle as overall top
pick and Sunkist Orange made 6-6 Nicholas Belasco, another
Fil-Am find as No. 2 in yesterday's well-attended annual PBA
draft at the Glorietta mall in Makati City. The first home-grown
amateur pick, 1995 PBL MVP Jason Webb, 6-2-1/2, went to
Sta. Lucia Realty while crowd darling Ginebra which will use the
Gordon Gin monicker in the 1997 season, took in PBL veteran
Edward C. Naron, a mainstay of the University of the Visayas
and unknown Manuel Ortega Jr., 5-10, in the second round.
ANDREW JOHN SEIGLE dons his Mobiline jacket. (Bob DUNGO Jr.)
Aside from drafting Webb, Sta. Lucia, now coached by Chot
Reyes, acquired 6-5 former Ateneo slotman 6-5 Gabby Cui and
6-6 Angelo David in the first round. Sta. Lucia exercised draft
rights given up by Shell and Alaska in exchange for the Realtors'
draft rights in the 1998 season. Seigle, a standout from New
Orleans University, a US NCAA Division I school, exclaimed:
``I'm raring to go. I have progressed tremendously.'' Seigle was
scouted by Mobiline official Tommy Manotoc who steered
Crispa to a grand slam finish in 1983.
NICHOLAS BELASCO (right), another Fil-American, is joined by Sunkist team manager Elmer Yanga (left) and chief Bottler Vergel Meneses. (BD)
"The acquisition of Seigle and the transfer of Jeffrey Cariaso
bolstered the team offensively and defensively,'' new Mobiline
coach Norman Black enthused. Belasco is a standout from US
NCAA Division II Notre Dame University where he graduated
with B.S. Psychology degree. Belasco, whose mother hails from
Laoag, Ilocos Norte, will team up with 6-8 giant Bonel Balingit.
The Cellulars also got former La Salle Green Archers and PBL
campaigner Antonio Espinosa in the second round, while Sunkist
chose high-leaping Romulo Marata, younger brother of Ric Ric
Marata. Playing-coach Robert Jaworski settled for Naron and
Ortega, saying Ginebra is already a complete team. ``Wala ng
kulang sa team, kumpleto na kami,'' said Jaworski who was in
the company of assistant coach Rino Salazar, former team
manager Bernabe Navarro, current team bossman Monchit
Carballo and player Vince Hizon.
JASON WEBB: First home-grown amateur pick went to Sta. Lucia Realty. (BD)
Shell got the services of 6-3 Ernesto Ballesteros and Purefoods
grabbed 6-3 Lowell Briones. Shell's bid for Ballesteros came
from San Miguel in exchange for the 1998 draft right. San
Miguel picked Ronilo Padilla, Purefoods got 6-2 Freche William
Ang and Shell took in former Mapua Cardinal Jose Ma.
Mendoza after Sta. Lucia and Mobiline passed in the second
round. All eight teams passed in the third round. Those who did
not make it were Fil-Am Vincent Calip, Pableo Canoneo Jr.,
Nathanael Montoya and Dave Planas. -CLYDE MARIANO and NOEL RODRIGUEZ
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