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Alaska signs Ilagan, Stockton to one-year deals

Alaska has signed all its draft picks during the 2021 PBA Draft.

RK Ilagan and Alec Stockton have agreed to one-year deals with the Aces, the team announced Friday afternoon.

For Ilagan — the 31st overall pick in the draft — he is just grateful to Alaska for giving him an opportunity.

“Sobrang saya po kasi pangarap ng family ko ‘to. And sobrang grateful ako sa Alaska kasi binigyan nila ko ng chance para ma-prove ‘yung sarili ko,” said the 5-foot-7 gunner out of San Sebastian.

Stockton, a 6-foot-2 defensive specialist, was the 21st overall pick in the draft.

Earlier, Alaska also signed big man Ben Adamos and Taylor Browne to at least two-year deals.

With the signing of Ilagan and Stockton, Alaska pushes its roster to 17 players.

Ilagan vows to not settle with the signing, though. He instead said the real work for him is just beginning so he can stay longer in the PBA.

“Siguro kailangan ko muna mag-adjust sa playing style ng PBA kasi alam natin na ‘di ko na magagawa lahat ng mga ginagawa ko sa Baste,” said the 24-year-old native of Tondo.

“Kailangan ko sa ngayon gawin kung ano ‘yung kailangan at gusto ipagawa sa ‘kin nila coach Jeff [Cariaso], at i-embrace ko lang kung anong role ‘yung gusto sa akin nila coach.”

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