WITH the PBA board settling the lottery draft controversy last weekend, GlobalPort has vowed to make a “wise choice” with the top pick overall in this year’s PBA Annual Rookie Draft set on August 24 at Robinsons Place in Ermita, Manila.
“The GlobalPort franchise has the honor of choosing this year’s number one pick, and we vow to choose wisely, not only to make our team better, but to provide you, our fans, PBA fans, the best that professional basketball has to offer,” said Batang Pier team owner Mikee Romero on Monday.
GlobalPort alternate board governor Erick Arejola already declared shortly after the draft lottery last week that they intend to select highly-touted Fil-Am rookie guard Stanley Pringle as this year’s top rookie pick.
But fans continue to air their doubts on social media, raising the fear that the draft right - or Pringle himself - would eventually end up in the hands of another team.
Spin.ph tossed the same question to GlobalPort team manager BJ Manalo, but the soft-spoken team official politely declined to answer. Instead, Manalo told Spin.ph to just stick to the statement of Romero.
Nonetheless, a Globalport source told Spin.ph that the Batang Pier management intends to build around the lightning-quick Fil-Am guard, saying a player of his caliber comes around in the PBA "only once in every 10 to 15 years."
“Pang-franchise player yung caliber ni Stanley at saka matagal na uli bago ka makakuha ng ganyan kagaling na player sa draft,” said the source, who requested not to be named.
In fact, the same source, describes the 6-foot-1 Pringle as an “improved version of Talk ‘N Text combo guard Jason Castro."
“Pareho naman silang style, pero mas explosive lang si Stan saka mas consistent ang shooting from the outside,” said a GlobalPort source.
The sweet-shooting guard Pringle averaged 18.6 points, 6.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds during his stint with the Warriors the past season, helping the Indonesia win the 2012 ABL championship and finish runner-up last year.
The same source said GlobalPort big boss Mikee Romeo intends to strengthen its roster entering its third season in a bid to erase the stigma of their forgettable seven-win total in the PBA’s 39th season.
GlobalPort, which barged into the playoffs in the Philippine Cup, ended up last in each of the last two conferences after posting back-to-back 1-8 win-loss records in the Commissioner’s Cup and Governors Cup, respectively.