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    Top forwards Quinto, Tratter, and Co. join guard-loaded PBA Draft

    Nov 29, 2018
    Bong Quinto, J-Jay Alejandro, Abu Tratter, and Michael Calisaan are expected to comprise the middle of the draft's Round 1.

    BONG Quinto, J-Jay Alejandro, Michael Calisaan, and Abu Tratter are the latest amateurs to throw their names in the pool for the upcoming 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.

    Quinto, a 6-foot-1 do-it-all forward, averaged 14.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists, while also collecting three triple-doubles his final year with Lettan to earn a nod in the NCAA Season 94 Mythical Five.

    More importantly, he led the Knights to a Final Four stint this season before bowing to Lyceum to finish in third place.

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    Meanwhile, Alejandro netted 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in UAAP Season 80 as the shifty guard carried the load for National University on his way to a Mythical Team selection.

    He has since taken his act with the Bataan Risers in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).

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    At 6-foot-4, Calisaan may seem undersized at the four, but he has shown tremendous capability to do his job as he corralled 14.6 points, 9.3 boards, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 steals in his senior year with San Sebastian.

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    Those efforts were enough to land him in the season's All-Defensive Team, a silver lining to what has been a nightmare of a campaign for the Golden Stags.

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    Tratter, for his part, is one of the rare big men in the neophyte field.

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    The 6-foot-6 slotman from La Salle owns a UAAP title under his belt after the Green Archers' title romp back Season 79 in 2016.

    He also suited up for Gilas Pilipinas in the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers in its game against Australia back in February.

    Tratter has since tread his wares in the PBA D-League, playing for Marinerong Pilipino this past season.

    The four are seen to be selected in the middle of the first round, joining presumptive top selections CJ Perez, Bobby Ray Parks, and Robert Bolick in the draft class.

    The 2018 PBA Rookie Draft is set on December 16 at Robinson's Midtown in Ermita, Manila.

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