Roosevelt Adams headlines 'surprise'-loaded regular PBA Draft Round 1

Roosevelt Adams headlines 'surprise'-loaded regular PBA Draft Round 1

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Roosevelt Adams led the cast of the players who were chosen in the first round of the regular PBA Draft at the Robinson's Place Manila Atrium on Sunday.

In what would count as a continuation of the real Round 1, Adams, who is well known for his stints with Mighty Sports in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament, was selected by Columbian as the first pick of the regular draft or essentially the sixth overall pick if you will count the special Gilas Cadets draft headlined by Isaac Go.


Blackwater then pulled off a huge surprise with its second selection, taking 34-year-old Thai Basketball League veteran Maurice Shaw.

NLEX continued the mock draft busting by taking former San Juan Knight Mike Ayonayon with the third regular pick.

Alaska then selected Barkley EboƱa with its regular first rounder, while Rain Or Shine used their three regular first rounders for Adrian Wong, Clint Doliguez, and Prince Rivero.

NorthPort finally barged its way through the draft and selected Sean Manganti with the eighth regular pick.

Magnolia then used its first round pick for former Manila Star Aris Dionisio, while Ginebra somehow stunned its fans by taking former Batangas City Athletic Arvin Tolentino with its own first rounder.

TNT entered the draft and took former Makati Skyscraper Kib Montalbo, while Columbian ended the first round by taking Christian Balagasay.

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