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Columbian on track to again get No. 1 pick overall in PBA draft

Columbian on track to again get No. 1 pick overall in PBA draft

COLUMBIAN Dyip is poised to get the top pick in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft if the formcharts hold until the end of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup.

After losing their first five games in the season-ending conference, the Dyip are on pace to have the lowest cumulative performance for the season, which will give them first crack at the rookie pool in the coming draft.

Columbian finished dead-last in the Philippine Cup, rose to ninth place thanks to import John Fields in the Commissioner’s Cup, but has since crashed back to earth once more in this season-ending conference.

Under league rules, results in the all-Filipino tournament (40 percent) carry more weight than in the two import-flavored conferences (30% each) in the tabulation for the rookie draft selections.

Last year, the franchise, then known as Kia, drew flak for trading its No. 1 pick to powerhouse San Miguel in exchange for Ronald Tubid, Jay-R Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy and the Beermen’s 2019 first-round draft pick.

The Beermen used the first pick overall to draft Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger.

If Columbian holds on to its pick this time, it will have a luxury of picking prospects that can potentially change the course of a franchise like two-time ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks, reigning NCAA MVP CJ Perez, and San Beda top gun Robert Bolick.

Aside from the top selection, the Dyip will also have the right for San Miguel’s first-round selection, expected to be at the bottom of the first round. They got SMB’s pick in a three-way trade back in 2016 which sent Alex Mallari and Ryan Arana to Kia, Aldrech Ramos to Star (now Magnolia) and brought RR Garcia to the Beermen camp.

Blackwater, Phoenix, and Meralco are also in contention to nab one of those top selections, but improved performances in the season-ending conference are bound to see them slip a few spots down the draft order.

NorthPort, NLEX, and TNT also figure to be in contention for the top picks in the coming draft.

TNT’s pick may turn out to be valuable, but the KaTropa have already sent the first-round selection to Rain or Shine in the Jericho Cruz-for-Sidney Onwubere swap earlier this year. That should give the Elasto Painters two prized selections in the first round.

Ginebra has also traded its first-round pick to Phoenix for Jeff Chan, although this pick is expected to fall in the bottom of the round.

Alaska and Magnolia have held to their first-rounders so far, but these are only seen to figure in the bottom half of the first 12 selections.