BIÑAN – Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said he already has in his mind who he wants to pick in this year’s PBA Draft following the end of the Dyip’s disappointing season on Saturday.
The Dyip finished their season with a 120-99 loss to Blackwater, 120-99, to end the Governors’ Cup with a 1-10 record. Based on their records in the two past conferences, the Dyip are on their way to picking first in the PBA draft set in December.
Cardel admitted he already has someone in mind for the first pick although he admitted the decision will still rest on management’s approval.
“Meron na akong choice. Sa boss na lang namin. After this one week, usap kami kung sino ang kukunin namin. Kailangan ‘yung makakatulong sa team namin,” said Cardel.
The Columbian franchise was embroiled in a controversy last year when the Dyip traded away their first pick to powerhouse San Miguel in exchange for Rashawn McCarthy, Ronald Tubid, and Jay-R Reyes. San Miguel selected Christian Standhardinger with that pick.
It was exactly a year ago when former commissioner Chito Narvasa approved the revised version of the trade.
A lot of talk surrounds this year’s PBA draft with Robert Bolick, CJ Perez, and Bobby Ray Parks the odds-on favorites to be the first selection in this year’s draft class.
Cardel declined to reveal the name of who he wants for this year’s draft but the Columbian coach said the player definitely will be a difference maker for the Dyip.
“Kailangan ‘yung makakatulong sa team namin. Kailangan namin ng energy guy, tapos he can defend, tapos trapping defense, gusto namin mabilis ang laro,” said Cardel.
Despite the dismal conference, Cardel said there were still positives in the campaign that saw him take over the squad following the resignation of Ricky Dandan as head coach.
Now, he will set the direction of Columbian for next season starting with this year’s draft.
“Nangapa ako kasi coach Ricky resigned right away. I took over mabilisan. At least, nanalo kami ng isa tapos limang sunod na muntik lang,” said Cardel.