By Adrian Stewart Co
Alaska Aces has started its build up for the 2020 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) season after signing up rookie selections Benedict Adamos and Taylor Browne.
Adamos, a former center of Bacolod Master Sardines in Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, has come to terms with the Aces on Tuesday afternoon but the details of his rookie contract were not released.
Adamos, who played for college with Technological Institute of the Philippines, San Beda Red Lions and University of Perpetual Help Altas, is seen as an integral part of the Aces roster following the departure of Vic Manuel and Joachim Thoss.
The 6-foot-7 Adamos will add depth to the Aces’ frontline that also features Barkley Eboña, Abu Tratter and veteran Rodney Brondial.
“We like that he has both skills,” said Aces head coach Jeffrey Cariaso of the 25-year-old Adamos, who was selected by the Alaska as their sixth overall pick in the 2020 PBA Rookie Draft.
Meanwhile, the 6-foot-3 Browne, who was selected by the Aces in the second round of the draft, was also locked into a rookie deal for two years by the Aces the other day.
“We are happy that we were able to get the guys we targeted. Ben and Taylor were both high on our list,” Cariaso said.
Cariaso said that the Aces will also extend rookie contracts to RK Ilagan, formerly of San Sebastian College Stags, and Alec Stockton, previously of Far Eastern University Tamaraws, in the coming days./ASC, WDJ