PAO Javelona’s impressive stint with Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) has definitely boosted his stocks.
The 25-year-old guard is finally set to play in the PBA after attracting the attention of Globalport, which signed Javelona for the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup and after playing a key role in Alab Pilipinas' run to the ABL championship.
Batang Pier team manager Bonnie Tan confirmed the signing of Javelona on Tuesday, which also marked the first practice day of the 6-foot guard from Bacolod City.
Javelona was taken by Phoenix in the second round (16th overall) of the 2016 PBA draft, but never got to suit up with the Fuel Masters after he was relegated as a practice player prior to the start of the season.
He then toiled playing for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League before getting a call-up to see action for Alab.
However, the heady guard blossomed into a steady backcourt man under the guidance of coach and former PBA MVP Jimmy Alapag.
The product of National University rose from a third-string guard to become a starter for the team after injuries hit veterans Josh Urbiztondo and Rob Celiz.
No one is prouder of Javelona than Alapag himself.
"I couldn't be more excited for Pao. He's a talented kid with great work ethic," said the Alab mentor of his protege.
"So happy he's getting an opportunity in the PBA. He deserves it."