MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 3) Columbian Dyip has acquired a possible cornerstone of its franchise by taking athletic swingman CJ Perez with the top pick in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.
Perez, the Most Valuable Player of the NCAA in Season 93, averaged 18.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 3.3 steals in his final season for Lyceum of the Philippine University.
In Perez, Columbian Dyip is getting a versatile, aggressive slasher who can play both guard positions.
Blackwater Elite then selected Bobby Ray Parks Jr. with the second pick of the draft.
Parks, the son of the late, great Bobby Parks Sr., was not present for Sunday's ceremonies at the Robinson's Place Manila as he is currently playing for Alab Pilipinas in a game against the CLS Knights in Indonesia.
A two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player for National University (NU), Parks played in the NBA Summer League and the NBA D-League, before returning to the Philippines late last year to commit to Alab Pilipinas.
The NorthPort Batang Pier took San Beda University standout Robert Bolick with the third pick.
Bolick, who can also play both guard positions, should be a solid backcourt partner for Stanley Pringle and is expected to contribute immediately.
After Perez, Parks, and Bolick went 1-2-3 as expected, business began to pick up in the fourth pick as teams began to make some shock selections.
The NLEX Road Warriors made the first surprise selection of the ceremony when coach Yeng Guiao announced that they were taking Paul Desiderio of University of the Philippines with the No. 4 pick.
"Sa amin na 'to," said Guiao, referring to Desiderio's now-famous mantra from his time with the Fighting Maroons.
NLEX had acquired the fourth pick from its trade with Phoenix just a couple of days ago, which saw them send Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo to the Fuel Masters.
The Meralco Bolts then followed them by taking Trevis Jackson, the point guard of Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League with the fifth pick.
Rain or Shine, picking sixth, selected former San Beda University standout Javee Mocon. NLEX then made its second pick of the first round by choosing former
De La Salle University big man Abu Tratter with the seventh overall pick.
The Elasto Painters then picked former NU star J-Jay Alejandro with the eighth overall pick, before the Alaska Aces made another surprise selection by taking former Lyceum captain MJ Ayaay with the ninth pick in the first round.
The Magnolia Hotshots took San Sebastian College's Michael Calisaan with the 10th overall pick, before Columbian Dyip selected Colegio de San Juan de Letran guard JP Calvo at No. 11 -- another surprise pick in a round that had been full of them already.
The Phoenix Fuel Masters by Jorey Napoles, from the Technological Institute of the Philippines, the last pick of the first round.
QUINTO WAITS FOR 2ND ROUND
Expected to be a first round selection, Letran standout Bong Quinto wound up waiting until the second round to hear his name called in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.
After Rain or Shine selected former University of the East guard Paul Varilla with the first pick of the second round, the Meralco Bolts ended Quinto's wait by taking him 14th overall.
Quinto was thought to be a consensus first round pick, thanks to his much-improved all-around game, which helped him earn a Mythical Team selection in his final year with Letran. However, he fell to the second round, with former Letran teammate JP Calvo getting picked ahead of him.
Magnolia then selected University of Santo Tomas big man Jeepy Faundo with the third pick of the second round, before NLEX took former Ateneo de Manila University forward Kris Porter with the fourth pick of the second round.
Alaska selected G-Boy Babilonia with the fifth pick, followed by Columbian Dyip's selection of Cyrus Tabi.
Rain or Shine, which owned the seventh and eighth picks of the second round, selected Robbie Manalang and Harold Ng in succession.
Alaska and Magnolia passed on making the ninth and 10th picks, respectively.
Phoenix, which owned the 11th and 12th selections, took the Far Eastern University pair of Ron Dennison and Joe Trinidad to wrap up the second round.
Here's the list of the other players who were drafted Sunday.
Teytey Teodoro (Columbian)
Diego Dario (Blackwater)
Edrian Lao (NorthPort)
Ivan Villanueva (Phoenix)
Steven Cudal (Meralco)
Jeffrey Ongteco (TNT)
Kyles Lao (NLEX)
Kent Lao (Rain or Shine)
Ryan Monteclaro (San Miguel)
Matt Salem (Ginebra)
Oliver Arim (Columbian)
Dan Alberto (Blackwater)
Jeremiah Taladua (NorthPort)
Kim Cinco (Phoenix)
CJ Isit (TNT)
Dan Wong (NLEX)
Al Josef Cariaga (Rain or Shine)
Chris dela Pena (Blackwater)
John Ragasa (NorthPort)
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