Sources: Belo to Blackwater, Ferrer to Ginebra, Jalalon to Star, Wright to Phoenix, AVO to SMB
Rookie hopefuls pose at the end of the PBA Draft Combine on Thursday. Jerome Ascano

BLACKWATER went after the best talent available while Phoenix picked a familiar face in choosing from the pool of 12 Gilas Pilipinas cadets in a PBA board meeting on Thursday, sources told

The Elite chose former Far Eastern University star Mac Belo after getting the first shot at picking players from the Gilas cadets pool under a 'pre-determined' order reached by the PBA board during a marathon meeting on Thursday. 

Although the selections won't be announced until Draft Day at the Robinsons Place Manila on Sunday, sources bared most of the teams have already made their decisions after a long discussion on the order of drafting was settled.

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Belo, finals MVP in the last UAAP championship series, is considered the most talented in the 12-man pool that will be distributed to the teams prior to the regular draft on Sunday.

Sources said Phoenix decided to tap Matthew Wright, who played for current coach Ariel Vanguardia with the KL Malaysia Dragons team that won its first ever title in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) earlier this year.

Kevin Ferrer, sources said, landed in the arms of newly-crowned Governors Cup champion Barangay Ginebra, reuniting him with University of Santo Tomas college buddy Aljon Mariano.

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Star went after Jio Jalalon, the MVP in the just concluded Rookie Draft Combine, despite having a glut of guards that includes Mark Barroca, RR Garcia, newly acquired Paul Lee and point-forward Alex Mallari, the source added.

Sources said San Miguel, in need of a young back-up to June Mar Fajardo, grabbed 6-9 former La Salle standout Arnold Van Opstal while Mahindra settled for big shooting forward Russel Escoto.

Undecided teams, among them TNT, Alaska, and GlobalPort, have until Saturday to make their decisions under a selection process that had rules known only to members of the board.

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