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Marichu Bacaro leads 61 aspirants in WNBL Draft Combine Day 1


Sixty-one of the 80 listed aspirants for the first-ever Women’s National Basketball League Draft attended the Combine, Saturday at the Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City.

UAAP Season 71 Most Valuable Player Marichu Bacaro led the cast of dreamers that took part in agility tests and biometrics.

Also taking part were Kikay Gandalla, Shellyn Bilbao, Ria Mendoza, Mary Grace Balang, Karla Manuel, Bienca Ramos, Hanna Brobio, Jelline Batnag, Johana Rafer, Sarah Antonio, Katherine Jumapao, May Confesor, Almira Del Rosario, Diana Doqueza, Carole Monteyola, Shayla Perez, Kat Araja, Angelica De Austria, Noella Cruz, Veronia Lio, Ronalyn Linaban, Janella Alba, and Jash Jacinto.

Anjiennette Go, Janine Garrido, Jo Razalo, Carol Sangalang, Nefriteri Taller, Jastine Mandap, Andrienne Malana, Katrina Magsombol, Tiffany Ngo, Jaira Baarde, Sthefanie Ventura, Shenzhen Callangan, Reynalyn Ferrer, Joie Ceniza, Tin Cortizano, Rosanelle Ranoco, Samantha Sicad, Samantha Tan, Anne David, Dian Aure, Richelyn Badajos, Nikka Tupaz, Syrille Villar, Ann Flores, Julie Gula, Judy-Ann Orillana, Anna Maristela, Crislyn Mier, and Jhenn Angeles also joined the combine.

Completing the cast were Nicole Cancio, Elaisa Adriano, Lor Capilit, Pesky Pesquera, Michelle Bio, Camille Claro, Jinky Balasta, and Khaterine Catimbuhan.

Each batch composed of 10 players.

Two coaches from Tanita PH administered the body composition tests while renowned trainers Karlo Santos, Mark Caron, Aldo Panlilio, and Justin Aquino overlooked the agility exams. No scrimmages took place as per IATF guidelines.

Supplies were given by Chris Sports while Gig Sportswear produced the bibs worn by the participants.

Strict health and safety protocols approved by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) were implemented in the duration of the event. The aspirants also underwent antigen tests before entering the combine area.

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No coaches were allowed in the venue as per protocols and they will be given copies of videos by the league.

Also supporting this pre-draft activity were Chooks-to-Go and Uling Roasters.

The last seven batches of the combine will be held on Sunday.

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