Nine Fil-foreigners have thrown their names into the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft set on December 8.
Roosevelt Adams and Adamson product Sean Manganti headline the players aspiring to turn their pro hoop dreams into reality by making their way into Asia’s first pay-for-play league.
Adams is a 6-foot-6 sniper known for his stints with Mighty Sports Philippines in a few tournaments abroad. He also played for Go for Gold in the PBA D-League this year.
Manganti also had stints in the D-League with Akari-Adamson in 2018 and Che’lu Bar and Grill this year. He has shown on the court that he’s one athletic and versatile forward.
Both are projected as first-round draft picks.
Franky Johnson — who had played for Gamboa Coffee Mix, Marinerong Pilipino-TIP, and just recently with AMA Online Education in the developmental ranks — has also declared for the draft.
Former Ateneo Blue Eagles Vince Tolentino and Adrian Wong; and National University one-and-done player, the 6-foot-7 Troy Rike, are part of this year’s pool also.
Jason Riley, University of Perpetual Help’s Daryl Singontiko, and 37-year-old Mark Taylor round out the list.