SAN Beda coach Boyet Fernandez expressed joy that his players Kyle Pascual and Anthony and David Semerad were all selected during Sunday’s PBA Annual Draft, although deep inside he’s hurting to part with them once they all reach the pro league.
The Semerad twins were first-round picks of Globalport and Barako Bull, respectively, while Pascual was taken in during the second round by expansion franchise Kia Motors.
Former San Beda player Jake Pascual was also a first-round pick of Barako Bull at no. 8 overall, while Rome Dela Rosa was a second-round choice of Alaska.
Seeing the San Beda players go up the stage during Draft Day gave Fernandez, who also handled NLEX team in the PBA D-League and is set to call the shots for the team in the pro ranks, mixed emotions.
“I'm happy and proud of them. It's a good testament of how good the basketball program of San Beda is. Credit to coach Frankie (Lim), coach Ronnie (Magsanoc), and myself included,” said Fernandez.
The Road Warriors only had one pick during the draft and used it to select Gilas cadet member Matt Rosser at No. 4.
“If given the chance I will (get them) but it pains me a lot that I can't get them,” he said of his San Beda players.
The outspoken coach also added how he coveted getting the services of former NLEX players such as Jake Pascual, Ronald Pascual, and Kevin Alas.
Alas ended up as the No. 2 selection after being tapped by Rain or Shine, while Ronald Pascual was chosen at No. 3 by San Miguel Beer.
“It also pains me to see them not playing for any MVP team,” he said referring to Manny V. Pangilinan's three teams in the pro league, namely, Talk 'N Text, Meralco, and NLEX.
“We only had one pick and we chose Matt (Rosser) for the Gilas program,” he added.
But in the end, Fernandez hopes his players will be signed by the teams that drafted them but only after the end of the ongoing NCAA season.
“I told them don't sign yet, wait for the (NCAA) season to be over.”