FIL-FOREIGN players Stanley Pringle and Chris Banchero and Gilas Kevin Alas may have been the names frequently mentioned ahead of the PBA rookie draft.
But don’t be surprised if Fil-Am Matthew Ganuelas Rosser pulls off a fast one come August 24.
A gangling 6-foot-5 guard/forward, Rosser could possibly end up as the No. 2 pick of this year’s draft, given Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao desire to shore up his roster with either a solid big man or a big wing defender.
The Elasto Painters own the No. 2 pick overall behind No. 1 GlobalPort.
Rosser appears fit for the big wing defender position as proven by his second-best 2.0 blocks per game average during the PBA D-League Foundation Cup, which his team NLEX won.
Joining Rain or Shine would be a welcome news for Rosser, saying the Elasto Painters are an organization that has a “winning culture.”
“That (Rain or Shine) would be a great place to go because they have been in contention every conference,” Rosser told Spin.ph over the weekend.
“If I wound up there (Elasto Painters camp), I have a chance to win because they have a mixture of veterans and young guys,” added the 24-year-old Gilas cadet, who averaged 7.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists with the Road Warriors last season.
The athletic big man out of Cal Poly Pomona, who is represented by agent Charlie Dy, said it would be a pleasure to work again with Rain or Shine players Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan, having been part of the Gilas Pilipinas team that bagged the 2012 William Jones Cup championship in Taipei.
If ever he gets selected by Guiao, Rosser expects a smooth transition from the D-League to the PBA.
“I know Gabe, because I got to know him when we were with the national team, actually Gabe and Jeff, so it would be fun to play with them,” said the Rosser, who wed girlfriend Brittany on June 19 in the United States.
At the moment, Rosser intends to keep bulking up as he prepares for the tough, physical grind and long season in the pro league.
“The biggest thing for me now is to get stronger,” he said. “I’m not that worried with the physicality, but I’m more concerned with longevity because the PBA season plays around 11 months, so that’s gonna be a big adjustment for me.”