AMA to pick first anew in PBA D-League draft

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 11 2017 04:06 PM

Mark Herrera's AMA team will once again make the first pick in the D-League Draft. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – AMA Online Education will once again have the luxury of picking the best talent in the 201-man rookie pool in the 2017 PBA D-League Draft on Tuesday at the PBA Café in Metrowalk, Pasig.

Anchored by hard-working big man Andre Paras, the Titans will have the chance to fortify their school-based core as they gear up for the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup.

This will be the second straight year that AMA will pick first in the draft. They selected Jeron Teng in the 2016 draft proceedings.

This time around, Alvin Pasaol of University of the East and Arvin Tolentino of Far Eastern University are expected to be among the first players taken off the board.

Thirteen teams will compete in the Aspirants' Cup, which starts on January 18, 2018.

Eleven of the 13 squads participating this year will be school-based teams as they make early preparations for their respective mother leagues: Zark’s Burgers-Lyceum of the Philippines University, Gamboa Coffee-St. Clare College, Jose Rizal University, and Centro Escolar University, and debuting teams Akari-Adamson University, Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian College, University of Perpetual Help, and Powerball-De La Salle-College of St. Benilde.

Returning Marinerong Pilipino and newcomer Mila's Lechon are the only teams that won't feature varsity crews.

The full draft order is as follows:

1. AMA Online Education
2. Wangs-Letran
3. Batangas-EAC
4. CEU
5. Zark's-Lyceum
6. Gamboa Coffee-St. Clare
7. JRU
8. Marinerong Pilipino
9. Che'Lu-San Sebastian
10. Mila's Lechon
11. Powerball-St. Benilde
12.UPHSD
13. Akari-Adamson

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