Welcoat In No Hurry

On: 10 August 2007

Eman, Bono, Devance, Intal head rich rookie talent pool
Tuesday, 24 July 2007

IT'S a major dilemma Welcoat Paints coach Leo Austria doesn't mind facing time and time again.

With the Paint Masters earning the right to select first in the coming 2007 PBA Rookie Draft, on the hands of Austria belongs the envious task of choosing the No. 1 overall pick in a 47-man field rich in talent and potential.

Fil-Am big man Joe Devance and Ateneo Blue Eagles stalwart John Christopher Intal are those athletic types currently in the Draft list. Both are coming off spectacular seasons in the amateurs.

Intal, the reed-thin, slam-dunking forward, was a key player of the Harbour Centre team that swept Cebuana Lhuillier in the PBL Unity Cup Finals and also the main man of the ill-fated Blue Eagles squad that lost a deciding Game 3 to the University of Santo Tomas Tigers for last year's UAAP men's basketball championship.

The application of Devance however remains conditional pending his submission of a confirmation from the Department of Justice until the end of the month.

The 6-foot-5 center was adjudged the 2006 PBL Unity Cup MVP after leading Toyota Balintawak to a runner up finish behind Harbour Centre. Upon his return to the team last conference, the Road Kings made it all the way to the semifinals.

A slew of big men are also making themselves available for this year's Rookie Draft, including bullstrong University of the Visayas power forward JR Quinahan of Burger King, Doug Kramer of Ateneo and San Beda's Yousif Aljamal.

Others in the mix include controversial Santo Tomas guard Jojo Duncil, guard Ryan Reyes of Henkel Sista, Toyota Balintawak premiere playmaker, Dazz guard Reed Juntilla, Cebuana Lhuillier's Macky Escalona, Ryan Arana of Harbour Centre, University of the East's Rolly Masbang, Frederick Hubalde of Santo Tomas, St. Benilde's Rolly Menor and former Adamson Falcon Melvin Mamaclay.

One who easily catches attention by way of his resume is guard Daryl Pepito, a 5-foot-10 playmaker born in Quezon City but is based in Australia where he plays for St. Edwards College and saw action in the Australian Basketball League.

Last year Sta. Lucia Realty tabbed Fil-Am forward Kelly Williams as the top overall pick. Source: PBA Site

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