Stephen Holt taken 1st overall in surprise-filled PBA Draft 1st round

Stephen Holt is getting interviewed through Zoom. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

TAGUIG--As expected, Stephen Holt headlines the PBA Draft as Terrafirma selected him first overall in the draft proceedings on Sunday at the Market Market Activity Center.

Despite coach John Cardel hinting recently that they might still consider bringing in a big man at number one, the Dyip went for the best player available and drafted the former NBA G-League veteran as their top pick.

However, the rest of the first round was full of surprises.

Blackwater began rocking the mock drafts by taking Christian David second overall, while Rain Or Shine took Luis Villegas and Keith Datu with its back-to-back first-round selections.

NorthPort picked Zav Lucero fifth overall, while Phoenix drafted Ken Tuffin, the PBA Draft Combine's three-point king, sixth overall.

NLEX then pulled off a huge surprise of its own by taking Richie Rodger seventh overall, while Meralco selected Brandon Bates eighth overall.

Schonny Winston, whom many mock drafts projected to be selected second overall, fell to the ninth pick with Converge, which pulled off a major surprise of its own by taking BJ Andrade, who was not a projected first-rounder in most mock drafts, 10th overall.

The Batang Pier made another surprise by drafting Cade Flores 11th overall, and the Dyip closed the first round by taking TJ Miller.

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