NORTHPORT has set its sights on prolific guard Robert Bolick in the coming PBA Rookie Draft in the hope of teaming him up with Stanley Pringle to form yet another formidable backcourt in the post-Terrence Romeo era.
The Batang Pier are picking third overall on Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila, and without naming names, the Mikee Romero-owned franchise made it clear it will draft the former PBA D-League MVP out of San Beda if he's avaialble.
“We’ll take yung matitira sa tatlo,” NorthPort team manager Bonnie Tan casually said.
The 23-year-old Bolick, who won three straight NCAA championships with the Red Lions and another one with the La Salle Green Archers, has been projected to be among the year’s top three pick along with CJ Perez and Bobby Ray Parks.
Columbian Dyip owns the top overall pick and the team has been vocal about its desire to get Perez, the former NCAA MVP out of Lyceum.
Blackwater meanwhile, has disclosed its plan to select Parks, a two-time UAAP and ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) MVP, with the No. 2 pick.
With Bolick coming on board, the Batang Pier hope he can complement Pringle well in the backcourt, both with his clutch shooting and playmaking.
NorthPort lost half of its sting at the guard spot after trading away three-time scoring champion Romeo to TnT Katropa for big man Mo Tautuaa.
Meanwhile over at Phoenix, the team is keeping the services of big men Justine Chua and Willie Wilson for the league’s coming 44th season.
Chua, the Fuel Masters’ main man at the middle, was signed to a fresh two-year contract while the 38-year-old Wilson was given a one-year deal.
Phoenix, which selects No. 4 after NorthPort, is looking to use its pick on Abu Tratter, who is regarded as the best big man in the 48-man pool.