The future is beginning to take shape for Northport.
The Batang Pier have signed 11th overall pick Cade Flores, 29th overall pick Brent Paraiso, and pick No. 40 Fran Yu to two-year deals on Tuesday at Winterpine Center in Quezon City.
Flores was accompanied by Phenom Sports Management founder Anton Brodett, Paraiso had Virtual Playground president Charlie Dy with him, while Yu was joined by agent Danny Espiritu.
These three players are expected to become the pillars of Northport for years to come.
Flores, who stands at 6-foot-5, made a strong impression during his one-and-done year with Arellano University, averaging 12.47 points, 10.07 rebounds, 1.93 assists, 1.67 steals, and 1.07 blocks in 15 games played.
His performance convinced former Letran head coach Bonnie Tan to select the burly Fil-Australian big man in the first round.
While Flores’ high selection surprised many, the drop of Fran Yu was unexpected.
The talented 5-foot-10 guard, despite leading the Knights to three consecutive NCAA championships, including winning Finals MVP in Season 95, fell all the way to the fourth round.
Yu won’t face any familiarity issues with Tan, as he not only had him as his head coach in Letran but also played for Northport in the PBA on Tour.
Ditto for 6-foot-2 sniper Paraiso as he was part of the last two championships of the Knights.
In his final year, Paraiso, who also made stops in La Salle and UST, normed 11.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.4 steals.
Expected to sign with Northport in the next few days are Zavier Lucero, the fifth overall pick, and John Amores, the 51st pick.