Stanley Pringle at the PBA Draft.Photo by Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – GlobalPort head coach Pido Jarencio was satisfied with how the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft went for the Batang Pier, believing they got the "best available talent" in the draft.
With the first pick, GlobalPort took Stanley Pringle, then added San Beda big man Anthony Semerad with the seventh pick that they acquired from San Mig Coffee.
"Sakto, kasi we got the best available talent which is Pringle, and we got someone for our three-spot, si Semerad," Jarencio told PBA.ph after the draft.
The selection of Pringle came as no surprise, as Jarencio himself already confirmed prior to the draft that they were taking the Filipino-American guard.
"It's truly a blessing," Pringle said of his draft experience. "I'm truly, honestly grateful that I'm picked number one. It's a great feeling."
Pringle, who last played for the Indonesia Warriors in the ASEAN Basketball League, also said he plans to "bring a leadership mentality" to the Batang Pier.
"I'm gonna go hard each and every day, practice or play, and I'm not gonna quit," he promised.
The Semerad pick was more of a surprise, but Jarencio had a ready explanation: "Kailangan namin ng agile na shooter na big, which is si Semerad 'yung available, kaya pinick namin siya."
Prince Caperal and Nard Pinto, both from Arellano University, were later chosen by GlobalPort with the 17th and 19th picks.
"Nakita namin sila open, kaya kinuha namin," said Jarencio.