BIG men in the PBA Rookie Draft are hoping that their lean number will enhance their chances of making it in the professional ranks.
Among the 47 aspirants in the draft, only five players are listed as centers with a few more playing the power forward position in what has been described as a guard-heavy draft class of 2018.
Kris Porter, one of the power forwards in the draft pool, hopes that their lean number will turn out to be beneficial for them as they were able to get a lot of exposure during the PBA Draft Combine where several head coaches were present.
“I guess for one, we are lucky kasi mas nae-expose kami sa mga teams dahil bilang lang kaming mga bigs,” said the 6-foot-5 Porter. “We play a lot more than the guards. I feel very fortunate na ganun ang sitwasyon ko ngayon.”
Gboy Babilonia, meanwhile, also admits that the few number of bigs in this pool will also improve his chances of making a team but is also tempering expectations.
“Doon pa lang sa sinasabi mo, medyo oo naman (malaki ang chance) kasi konti ang bigs,” said the 6-foot-6 Babilonia, one of the five players that are listed as center in this draft “Pero no expectations naman. When I entered the draft, I feel good. Pero no expectations. Just play.”
Aside from Babilonia, also listed as centers in this class are Jeepy Faundo, JR Ongteco, Simon Cudal, and Christian Dela Pena.
With the draft class being led by CJ Perez, Bobby Ray Parks, and Robert Bolick, Abu Tratter is being labeled as the premier big in this class, having played a solid outing in the PBA D-League, while also being once included in the Gilas cadet line-up.
The 6-foot-6 former La Salle forward, however, said, being selected is only the beginning as, at the end of the day, they still need to prove their worth.
“It’s just all noise. It’s just us starting over again now. Coming over the draft, the day after, all that noise isn’t going to mean anything because you are going up against the biggest and the best,” said Tratter.