Alab players Caracut, Rangel declare for PBA draft

Andrei Caracut is among the recent notable applicants for the PBA Draft. Bien Lazarte (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Two more Alab Pilipinas players applied for the PBA Draft as they headlined the latest additions to a potentially stacked draft class.

On Thursday, combo guard Andrei Caracut and center Tzaddy Rangel personally went to the league office in Quezon City to officially throw their hats to the March 14 draft.

Alab co-founder Charlie Dy, who is also Caracut and Rangel's agent, joined them in the draft application alongside another of Dy's clients, Jun-Jun Bonsubre.

Following a stellar NCAA juniors career at San Beda-Taytay, Caracut went to La Salle to play college ball, eventually forming a explosive guard combo with Aljun Melecio later into his UAAP career.

Rangel, on the other hand, was one of National University's inside operators.

Both Caracut and Rangel deferred from the 2019 draft to polish their game with Alab for the now cancelled 2019-2020 ABL season.

Meanwhile, primarily a defensive bruiser during his college career, Bonsubre became known as part of the San Beda squad that stunned Arellano despite being heavily undermanned in their NCAA clash on June 24, 2012.

With most of their key players suspended due to a preseason brawl, the Red Lions' "Super 6", which also included now PBA champ Arth Dela Cruz, defied the odds and beat a full strength Chiefs squad.

Eventually, Bonsubre showcased his offensive game during his stints with Mandaluyong and Zamboanga in the MPBL.

Other notable players declaring for the draft recently are Dhon Reverente, Ben Adamos, RR de Leon, Med Salim, and Reymark Acuno.

As of Thursday, 40 players have already applied for the draft, and the number is expected to increase ahead of the Jan. 27 application deadline.

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