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Projected early pick Jamie Malonzo declares for PBA Draft

Jamie Malonzo is among those projected to become the first pick of the PBA Draft. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Another high profile prospect formally joins the PBA Draft.

Former La Salle swingman Jamie Malonzo was revealed to be among the latest batch of players who declared for the March 14 draft.

After finishing his US NCAA stint with Portland State, Malonzo was recruited by La Salle on a one-and-done manner.

Malonzo introduced himself by converting on a posterizer against Thirdy Ravena early into the Green Archers-Ateneo Blue Eagles first round showdown in 2019.

Despite La Salle barely missing the UAAP Final Four, Malonzo was still named into the Mythical Team after posting a near double-double average of 15.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game with 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals.

He would later be selected alongside Ravena to the Mighty Sports team that won the Dubai International Basketball Tournament.

Malonzo then sizzled in what would be his one-and-done stint in the PBA D-League, scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and six steals for Marinerong Pilipino in a win against ADG Dong-Mapua.

The league, however, canceled its entire 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also throwing his name into the draft is center Larry Muyang.

Muyang began his collegiate career with the Green Archers, but he would later join former rivals Letran Knights, helping them win the 2019 NCAA title.

The San Fernando City native played regional basketball for both the two teams of his home province of Pampanga, the Giant Lanterns in the MPBL and the Delta in the NBL.

Muyang first joined the San Juan Knights in the MPBL.

Other big names officially joining the draft include Jun Manzo, James Laput, David Murrell, and Jay Javelosa.

As of Thursday, 67 players have already applied for the draft, which will be conducted online for the first time ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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