Columbian turned to someone who can form an explosive tandem with CJ Perez as the Dyip selected Roosevelt Adams with the first pick in the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft at Robinson’s Place Manila Sunday.
Adams wowed almost everybody with his MVP showing during the Gatorade Draft Combine. And not surprisingly, the 6-foot-5 Fil-Am forward got the nod of Columbian.
Earlier, Columbian Dyip made George Isaac Go as the first pick in the special Gilas dispersal draft, featuring five players eyed to be included in the Gilas program for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
Cebuano hotshots Rey Suerte went to Blackwater at No. 2, 6-foot guard Matthew Nieto to NLEX at No. 3, gunner/slasher Allyn Bulanadi to Alaska at No. 4 and wing guy Michael Nieto to Rain or Shine at No. 5
But as agreed upon by the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, these Gilas prospects will be made available to their PBA mother ball clubs only once their national duties are over.
Adams, a 25-year-old College of Idaho product, leads the rookie draftees who can strut their stuff in the pros right at the start of the next PBA season.
“It’s a blessing, and I have no words to describe my feeling. It’s a great opportunity,” said Adams.
“I’m just excited and of course I’ll put my athleticism in the game,” added Adams, accompanied by his wife in the well-attended draft exercise.
Another Fil-Am player in Maurice Shaw was picked at No. 2 by Blackwater, then PCU’s Mike Ayonayon became the highest drafted home-grown player at No. 3 by NLEX.
Also picked in the first round were Kevin Ebona by Alaska, Adrian Wong, Clint Dolinguez and Prince Rivero by Rain or Shine, Sean Manganti by NorthPort, Aris Dionisio by Magnolia, Arvin Tolentino by Ginebra, Kib Montalbo by TNT KaTropa and Christian Balagasay by Columbian Dyip.
Blackwater gambled on size over youth in picking the 6-foot-9 Shaw, among the oldest players ever picked in the PBA annual draft at 34.
“I’m just grateful for the opportunity. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do what I can do,” said Shaw.