Spotlight falls on Newsome and Co. as Tautuaa, Rosario miss PBA Rookie Camp
Norbert Torres, Chris Newsome and Maverick Ahanmisi are among the rookie hopefuls that will put through their paces in the annual PBA Rookie Camp. Jaime Campos/ Czar Dancel

PBA coaches and fans will get to have a closer look at members of the 2015 rookie pool when the PBA holds its annual Gatorade Rookie Camp at Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday.

Minus top two prospects Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario, who are both with the Gilas Pilipinas team in Estonia, the 62 other hopefuls will undergo different tests to be conducted by the PBA technical team.

Applicants with surnames starting in letters A to L will be called to the venue at 7 a.m. while players with surnames starting in M to Z are scheduled for training beginning at 1 p.m.

The PBA will also get the official biometrics by measuring the players' height, weight and wingspan with representatives from the 12 PBA teams closely monitoring the process.

League officials will also require applicants to undergo anthropometry drills wherein they will pass through different routines like functional movement screen, single leg hop, performance, agility, speed, endurance and strength tests.

PBA operations head Rickie Santos bared that both Tautuaa and Rosario will be excused from the rookie camp since they have been called to duty by the national team.

“Excused sila dahil national team sila eh. Pero nakuha na ang mga biometrics nila,” said Santos.

For the first time, the PBA will also dangle a P50,000 cash prize to the winning team in the scrimmages that will take place on Thursday, also at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

The 62 rookie hopefuls will be divided into eight teams in a mini tournament.

With Tautuaa and Rosario out, the spotlight is expected to fall on other big men in the rookie pool like former San Sebastian Stags center Bradwyn Guinto, former De La Salle slotmen Norbert Torres and Yutien Andrada, and former Mapua forward Michael Abad.

The tallest in the pool is former NU center Marion Magat who stands 6-7.

Also expected to steal the limelight are Chris Newsome, Garvo Lanete, Baser Amer, Glen Khobuntin, Roi Sumang, Nikoe Elorde, Mark Cruz, Simon Enciso and Aljon Mariano and Fil-foreign prospects Ryan Wetherell, Maverick Ahanmisi and Jawhar Purdy.

Former Air21 coach Franz Pumaren will be the designated camp director of the two-day event.

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