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Brandon Rosser taken 1st overall; Jeremiah Gray goes 2nd in PBA Draft

Justin Arana is heading to Converge. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--As highly anticipated, Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser was chosen as the first pick of the PBA Draft.

Blackwater formally made the six-foot-seven high-flyer the top selection during the draft proceedings on Sunday at the Robinson's Place Manila Atrium.

Rosser was fresh from winning the bronze medal for Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 in the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi.

The mix-up began right in the second pick when Terrafirma took another high-flying winger, Jeremiah Gray.

Gray is currently recovering from an ACL injury that he suffered during the PBA 3x3 season. According to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, he will only be available by October at the soonest.

Meanwhile, Converge went for some ceiling as they drafted six-foot-seven bigs Jeo Ambohot and Justin Arana back-to-back at numbers three and four.

Ambohot is currently at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City playing for Letran in the NCAA men's basketball finals against Mapua when he was drafted, and Arana is the highest-drafted player present in the event.

Gian Mamuyac was taken fifth overall by Rain Or Shine, while NorthPort landed JM Calma at sixth overall.

NLEX took Tyrus Hill with the seventh overall pick, while Javi Gomez De Liano ended up with Ginebra with the eighth pick.

The Bossing drafted Kurt Lojera ninth overall and brought in Mark Dyke with the 11th pick even as Shaun Ildefonso was drafted in between as the 10th pick by the Elasto Painters.

Keith Zaldivar ended up as the final selection for the first round as Magnolia drafted him 12th overall.

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