By ADRIAN STEWART CO
Kim Lee Bayquin of Far Eastern University Tamaraws and Jeffrey Manday of Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias were among the 86 players who made it to the final list of rookie aspirants.
Seven Filipino-American were declared ineligible after failing to submit their Department of Justice Recognition and Bureau of Immigration Affirmation papers, namely Taylor Statham, Jason Brickman, Jeremiah Gray, Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, Tyrus Hill, John Paul Gulfo, and Christopher Cancio.
JJ Espanola, John Paul Zarco, Ezra Ocampo, and Neiloween De Jesus, on the other hand, withdrew from the draft.
Other notable players who were cleared for the draft were Joshua Munzon, Jamie Malonzo, Calvin Oftana, Mikey Williams, Leonard Santillan, Jeremiah Grey, Alvin Pasaol, Larry Muyang, Troy Rike, Franky Johnson, Jerrick Ahanmisi and Ben Adamos.
Also approved were James Laput, Aljun Melecio, Nic Demusis, Anton Asistio, Alec Stocton, RK Ilagan, Taylor Browne, Andre Paras, Andrei Caracut, Philip Manalang, Jerie Pingoy, Dhon Reverente, Jose Presbitero, Jun Manzo, and Ilonggo Michael Javelosa.
Picking first in the virtual draft are Terrafirma Dyip followed by NorthPort Batang Pier. NLEX Road Warriors follows suit at three and four while Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and Alaska Aces go fifth and sixth, respectively.
Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters, the Dyip, Meralco Bolts, Magnolia Hotshots, Batang Pier, and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings will close out the first round of selection in that order.
William Navarro, Frederick Tungcab, Jordan Heading, and Tsaddy Rangel, meanwhile, will be selected by Terrafirma, NorthPort, and NLEX in the special Gilas Pilipinas rookie draft./ASC, WDJ