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Columbian management yet to lay down plans on No. 1 draft pick

Columbian management yet to lay down plans on No. 1 draft pick

COLUMBIAN is poised to finish dead-last in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup and it’s all but certain the franchise will claim the top overall selection in the rookie draft for the second straight year.

However, Dyip management remained non-committal on what it plans to do with the No. 1 pick despite the wealth of talent expected to be in this year’s rookie pool.

Columbian team manager Joe Lipa said the franchise has yet to lay down its plans on what it would do at the conclusion of the current season.

“We have not yet discussed that,” he told in a short text message.

Assistant team manager Iby Bautista echoed Lipa’s words, noting that all the Dyip head honchos are concerned about at the moment is wrapping up the current season.

“As of now, ang focus ng management is to get over with this conference. Tsaka na namin isipin yung sa draft,” the amiable executive said.

Columbian found itself embroiled in controversy last season when it decided to send its top pick to powerhouse San Miguel in exchange for Ronald Tubid, Jay-R Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and the Beermen’s 2019 first round selection.

That pick turned out to be Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger.

There are prevalent fears of a repeat of that situation this year with Columbian yet to commit fully if it would hold on to the pick.

Bautista, however, gave a timeframe on when there could be some sense of clarity on the franchise’s plans.

“Siguro on our last game, tsaka lang magkakaroon ng formal meeting ang coaching staff and management,” he said, pencilling the Dyip’s last assignment against Blackwater on October 27.

Bautista also hopes that by then, a list of aspiring rookies will already be available for Columbian as it plots its next plan of attack for the next season.

“Hindi pa rin kasi naglalabas ang PBA ng lineup (ng mga rookies). Titingnan pa rin ng coaching staff and management yung available talents na pwede namin makuha,” he said.

But as Bautista has repeatedly said, the decision on whether to keep or not to keep the No. 1 pick will not be solely in their hands.

“Hindi pa kita masasagot dyan. The management is the best who can answer that,” he said.