Tiny Baclig surprise first choice
AMA Online Education changed its earlier plans and picked homegrown playmaker Reed Baclig as the top selection in the 2020 PBA D-League Draft Monday at PBA Office in Libis.
The Mark Herrera-mentored Titans selected the little-known 5-foot-7 guard, who was part of the school’s grassroots program.Projected top pick Jamie Malonzo went to Marinerong Pilipino at second, giving the Foundation Cup runner-up a franchise player.
The 23-year-old Malonzo graduated from Portland State before taking his act to La Salle for one season, and was even a part of the Mythical Team this past UAAP Season 82.
Marinero were the clear winners of the draft as coach Yong Garcia chose standouts like Joshua Torralba and Jollo Go of La Salle, James Spencer of UP, Darrell Menina of University of Cebu, and Miguel Gastador of University of San Jose-Recoletos.Karate Kid-CEU also picked Gilas pool member Jaydee Tungcab as the third overall pick as it entered a new era under coach Jeff Napa.
Aside from Tungcab, also joining CEU are John Apacible of UE, Jboy Gob and David Murrell of UP, and Jerie Pingoy.