|PBA rookie hopefuls pose for a picture before the biometrics testing in the 2013 PBA Rookie Camp at the Gatorade Hoops Center. Photo by Nuki Sabio, PBA Images.
MANILA, Philippines – Seventy-seven of the 85 rookie hopefuls for the 2013 PBA Draft went through biometric testing at the Gatorade Hoops Center on Monday, with the players getting their height, weight and vertical leap measured before PBA team scouts.
Greg Slaughter, the likely top pick in the draft, was the tallest among the rookies as he was measured at 6-foot-11 and 5/8 inches. He also has the longest wingspan at 85 inches and tallied a vertical leap of 11 feet and six inches, according to the league website.
“I’m focusing more on my preparation for the draft and to keep my focus on the task at hand,” said Slaughter, who dropped by the practice of Ginebra last weekend. The crowd favorites have the top pick in the draft.
Letran standout Raymund Almazan and former San Sebastian star Ian Sangalang are also tabbed to go early in the draft.
“Basta ako, focus lang ako sa mga gagawin,” said Sangalang, who has also expressed a desire to play for Ginebra. “Big pressure ‘yung dala ko ngayon dahil magaling ‘yung mga kasabayan ko, pero gagawin ko lang ‘yung best ko anuman ‘yung mangyari.”
The rookie hopefuls also performed push-ups, bench press, pull-ups and sit-ups.
One of the more impressive rookies was Justin Brian Melton, who despite standing at 5-foot-9 and 5/8 inches, posted a vertical leap of 11 feet and four inches. He also had the most push-ups with 104 repetitions.
Shoreline Community College’s John Usita was the heaviest rookie hopeful, coming in at 301 pounds.
Former FEU shooting guard Paul Sanga had 533 sit-ups, while UP’s Mark Lopez performed 53 pull-ups.
Eight players who submitted their draft applications were no-shows: Ryan Buenafe of Ateneo, Japs Cuan of the University of Santo Tomas, Jumiel Chen of Mapua, Franz Ian Delgado of San Sebastian, Mark Joseph Berry of National University, Carlos Tenequito of UST, John Vijandre of La Salle, and Mar Villahermosa of San Beda.
Ginebra will have the first pick in the draft, followed by San Mig and then Rain or Shine. Barako Bull owns the next three picks, while GlobalPort will pick seventh. Alaska, Rain or Shine and San Mig have the eighth, ninth and 10th picks, respectively.
The draft will be held on November 3 at the Robinsons Place Manila.