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Cone going for system fit in using fifth pick

Coach Tim Cone scouted for draft prospects in a mini-tournament among the draft
applicants. Pen Lazarte
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANDALUYONG--New Ginebra coach Tim Cone will prioritize his trademark triangle offense when his team gets its turn to pick for the PBA Draft on Sunday.

Speaking to some sportswriters during the PBA Draft Combine at the Gatorade Hoops Center on Thursday, the league's winningest coach championship-wise said, "What will fit into the system more--that's what we're looking for."

With the Gin Kings owning the fifth overall pick, Cone also said that he will revolve his draft selections around his key players.

"We put L.A. [Tenorio], Chris [Ellis], Mark [Caguioa], Japeth [Aguilar], and Greg [Slaughter] on the floor together. If those guys can learn to play together, then everyone is a threat. We have that. Now, it's a matter of building around those guys," he continued.

On the other hand, Cone said that his team will look for a wing player or a big man in the draft, although he bared the possibility of going for a star point guard if someone is available.

"We're looking at wings or bigs, but you never know. You don't want to pass up on a superstar," he continued.

Four star point guards are projected to be chosen in the first round according to early mock drafts.