Stanley Pringle is oldest rookie top pick in PBA. Guess who he beat for the record
Curiously, four of the six oldest No. 1 picks in the PBA draft were selected in the last eight years. They are, from left, Stanley Pringle, Joe Devance, Jvee Casio, and Greg Slaughter. Jerome Ascano

A QUESTION on Twitter from Don Ampongan (@donjayR) last Sunday triggered our latest piece for

Mr. Ampongan tweeted: “@thepbaologist Si PRINGLE ba ang oldest no. 1 pick. Curious lang…”

For the record, yes he is.

GlobalPort’s top pick overall in Sunday's PBA Annual Rookie Draft was 27 years, five months and 19 days old when he became the PBA’s 30th No. 1 pick ever.

(Yup, unknown to many last Sunday was the 30th edition of the draft, an event now far different from when it was just a private affair among the teams conducted inside a conference room in the Commissioner’s Office during its early years.)

Pringle dislodges Tanduay’s Sonny Alvarado as the oldest No. 1 pick ever in the draft. Later proven to be a 'Fil-sham' by the league and banished for life, Alvarado was two days shy of his 26th birthday when tabbed by the returning Rhum Makers as the top pick in 1999.

The third oldest No. 1 pick in the PBA draft was the late Rey Cuenco, who in turn was five days shy of his 26th birthday when he was selected top overall pick by Alaska in the second-ever Annual Draft in 1986.

Curiously, three of the six oldest No. 1 picks in the PBA draft were selected in the last four years and four over the last eight years.

In contrast, the youngest No. 1 pick ever in PBA draft history was Benjie Paras who was 20 years, four months and four days old when he was selected by Shell in 1989. He went on to become the only player in league history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors in the same season.

There were only nine players who were at least 24 years old when selected No. 1 in the PBA Draft and they were:

Player                              Team                                Year                       Age at Draft Day


Stanley Pringle                  GlobalPort                          2014                       27 years, five months, 19 days

Sonny Alvarado                 Tanduay                            1999                       25 years, 11 months, 29 days

Rey Cuenco                      Alaska                               1986                       25 years, 11 months, 23 days

Joe Devance                     Welcoat                             2007                       25 years, six months

Greg Slaughter                  Brgy. Ginebra                      2013                       25 years, five months, 15 days

JVee Casio                        Powerade                          2011                       24 years, 11 months, 27 days

Andy Seigle                       Mobiline                            1997                       24 years, 8 months, 4 days

Kelly Williams                     Sta. Lucia                          2006                       24 years, six months, 13 days

Sonny Cabatu                    Shell                                 1985                       24 years, three months, 27 days

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