Pacquiao, 94 others join PBA rookie draft


Posted at Aug 14 2014 05:22 PM | Updated as of Aug 15 2014 03:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 95 applicants, led by boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, have submitted their papers for the 2014 Gatorade PBA Draft, which will take place on August 24.

Among the highly anticipated rookies who submitted their applications are Filipino-American Stanley Pringle and Filipino-Italian Chris Banchero, who both played in the ASEAN Basketball League.

Gilas Pilipinas cadets Kevin Alas, Jake Pascual, Matt Ganuelas, and Ronald Pascual were also able to beat the Wednesday deadline.

Other “big names” who made the list of applicants are Pacquiao and his nephew Rene, who are both expected to be picked by KIA Motors; Ritchie Paul Gutierrez, the son of celebrities Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama; and former NCAA player Paolo Orbeta.

According to the PBA website, the applicants are set to undergo biometrics and physical tests on August 18 and 19 at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

Pringle, who played as an import in the ABL, is widely expected to become the No. 1 overall top pick.

Others in the list are:

  • Jericho Cruz (Adamson University)
  • Roider Cabrera (Adamson University)
  • Rodney Brondial (Adamson University)
  • Juami Tiongson (Ateneo de Manila)
  • Frank Golla (Ateneo de Manila)
  • Brian Heruela (University of Cebu)
  • Juneric Baloria (Perpetual Help)
  • Harold Arboleda (Perpetual Help)
  • Justine Alano (Perpetual Help)
  • Nard John Pinto (Arellano University)
  • Prince Caperal (Arellano University)
  • Clark Bautista (University of Sto. Tomas)
  • Lord Casajeros (University of the East)
  • Ralf Olivares (University of the East)
  • Philip Paniamogan (Jose Rizal University)
  • Paolo Taha (College of St. Benilde)
  • Gryann Mendoza (Far Easter University)
  • Kenneth Ighalo (Mapua)
  • Kyle Pascual (San Beda)
  • Anthony David Semerad (San Beda)
  • David Semerad (San Beda)
  • Raul Soyud (University of the Philippines)
  • Jam Cortes (Letran)
  • Jojo Belorio (Letran)
  • Papot Paredes (La Salle)
  • Jovet Mendoza (La Salle)
  • Dexter Maiquez (San Sebastian)

The 2014 Gatorade PBA Draft will be held at Robinsons Midtown Manila at 4 p.m. on August 24.