Jio Jalalon not worried about possibility of joining glut of guards at Star Hotshots
If taken by Star, Jio Jalalon faces a tough task of taking minutes from a bunch of experienced guards led by Paul Lee and Mark Barroca. Jerome Ascano

JIO Jalalon is unperturbed at the possibility of being squeezed into Star’s guard-heavy lineup.

Sources said Jalalon has been picked by the Hotshots in the PBA special draft for Gilas cadet players, the selection of which will be made official on Sunday during the formal draft festivities on Sunday at the Robinsons Midtown in Manila.

The dazzling guard out of Arellano admitted he had heard the news about Star’s decision, although he too is also waiting for the official announcement on Sunday.

“Sobrang tuwa ko na kinuha nila ako. Hindi ko pa alam kung ano ba talaga ’yung decision sa Linggo. Ready na lang ako kung ano ang mangyayari,” said the Gilas cadet.

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The decision of Star to select Jalalon leaves a bevy of point guards on the Hotshots roster led by Paul Lee, who was acquired from Rain or Shine in exchange for longtime franchise player James Yap.

Other guards on the Star roster are Mark Barroca, RR Garcia and Justin Melton as well as point forward Alex Mallari.

However, Jalalon said the composition of the team is the last thing in his mind, saying that he is just happy to be drafted by a PBA team.

“Okay lang ’yun. Ready lang ako lagi kung ano man ’yung ipapagawa sa akin,” said Jalalon. 24.

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During the PBA draft combine, Jalalon admitted his desire to play for Ginebra under head coach Tim Cone, whose team is fresh from winning the PBA Governors’ Cup.

But the former Chiefs star said not being picked by his favorite coach isn’t a problem.

“Okay lang ’yun. Hindi ko naman kailangang mamili ng team. Hindi naman ako ’yung nagdedesisyon, sila,” said Jalalon.


Now he is days away from being in the PBA officially, and Jalalon said he is excited to play against Jayson Castro, to whom he has been compared to.

“Gusto kong mabantayan si Kuya Jayson. Iba kapag nasa court siya. Sana mabantayan ko siya para mapaghandaan ko,” said the 5-foot-9 guard.

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