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    Black feels Meralco can still find quality big man at No. 5 in guard-heavy draft

    Nov 19, 2018
    Javee Mocon, Abu Tratter, and Vince Tolentino are among the notable big men prospects in the coming draft.

    NORMAN Black is confident Meralco will be able to get a quality pick come this year’s PBA draft as the team looks to address its needs for next season.

    Black said he has no particular player in mind for this year’s draft since the Bolts will be picking fifth. But he intends to fill the forward and center positions in this coming draft to help the team that is in dire need of a big man.

    “We are number five so you don’t get to choose first. You don’t really have a choice of what you get,” said Black.

    “But our needs are aplenty. We need a five-man (center), we need a four-man (power forward), we need a three-man (small forward). It’s only the one and two positions [that we are not looking at] since (Chris) Newsome and Baser (Amer) are there. We need to try to improve on our front line,” said Black.

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      Even with Meralco picking outside the top three that could see CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Bobby Ray Parks being selected, Black believes the Bolts will still be able to get a quality pick when they get to choose in the first round.

      “I think the first round will be good. I think you can (get) a decent player that can come in and help your rotation probably up to the middle of the second round,” said Black.

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      The coming draft is seen by observers as a lean one in terms of big men, but Black doesn’t think so as there could still be some serviceable players in this year’s batch.

      “You never can tell. When you look at the San Beda players who might be coming up, they are such a good team that you don’t know whether some of those guys can step in and do more than what they did with San Beda because their team is so good.

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      “Just like Ateneo. They are very balanced team. Some of those guys who aren’t even playing could probably play in the PBA. You really can’t tell how lean it is until it actually happens,” Black said.

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