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WNBL teams learn order for first-ever Draft

A week before the first-ever draft of the Women’s National Basketball League takes place, the league held a virtual draft lottery to pick the order of selections, Sunday (evening).

The inaugural draft set on Saturday, February 13 through will have a unique format in the sense that the teams in the first-ever women’s professional basketball league in the country will not be picking in every round.

This as all the teams were given a chance to “protect” at most seven players. Guest team Go for Gold-Philippine Navy Lady Sailors were not part of the lottery since all of their players must be enlisted armed forces members.

For only protecting three players, Glutagence Glow Boosters had 12 picks — including being the only team allowed to draft in the first two rounds.

Stan Quezon Lady Spartan protected five players giving them 10 picks, Pacific Water Queens had six protect players giving them nine picks, while WNBL original Paranaque Lady Aces had seven players signed that resulted in getting just eight picks.

Two more teams are expected to give the league’s office their proper papers this week. The first team to accomplish the task will be awarded the remaining picks in each round, still subject to the number of protected players they submit.

Here is how the draft lottery that had SPIN.ph’s Reuben Terrado and Karlo Sacamos picking the ping pong balls and had Games and Amusements Board’s Assistant Chief of Pro Basketball and Pro Games division Rodil Manaog as supervisor went:

Round123456
1Glutagence Glow Boostersxxxxx
2Glutagence Glow Boostersxxxxx
3Glutagence Glow BoostersStan Quezon Lady Spartanxxxx
4Stan Quezon Lady SpartanPacific Water QueensGlutagence Glow Boostersxxx
5Stan Quezon Lady SpartanPacific Water QueensParanaque Lady AcesBoostersxx
6Paranaque Lady AcesGlutagence Glow BoostersPacific Water QueensStanxx
7Paranaque Lady AcesStan Quezon Lady SpartanPacific Water QueensGlutagence Glow Boostersxx
8QueensStan Quezon Lady SpartanGlutagence Glow BoostersParanaque Lady Acesxx
9Glutagence Glow BoostersPacific Water QueensParanaque Lady AcesStan Quezon Lady Spartanxx
10Paranaque Lady AcesPacific Water QueensStan Quezon Lady SpartanGlutagence Glow Boostersxx
11Paranaque Lady AcesGlutagence Glow BoostersPacific Water QueensStan Quezon Lady Spartanxx
12Paranaque Lady AcesPacific Water QueensStan Quezon Lady SpartanGlutagence Glow Boostersxx
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A total of 115 players will compose the league’s first draft class — all of whom took part in the Draft Combine last December 12-13, 2020.

“On behalf of Chairman Celso Mercado and NBL Commissioner Edward Aquino, we would like to extend our congratulations to all our WNBL teams and advance congratulations to the 115 dreamers as we are just one week away from making their dreams happen,” expressed WNBL Executive Vice President Rhose Montreal.

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