BARAKO Bull, with three first-round picks, is hoping to see rookie prospects like Jeric Teng, Terrence Romeo and possibly Fil-Am forward James Forrester in practice this week to aid the coaching staff in its draft decision this coming Sunday.
“No doubt, the decision (who to draft) is basically before the draft. We’re still seeing some players like Forrester, Jeric Teng, Romeo. But we’ll see, they haven’t confirmed,” Barako Bull active consultant Rajko Toroman told Spin.ph.
The Serbian mentor said the Barako Bull coaching staff is keeping its cards close to its chest for the time being since the rookie pool intrigues him due to the presence of high-quality standouts.
“This (year’s) draft, we’ll have a lot players playing in different positions. Romeo, Forrester and a lot of names coming. We’ll have to see what’s best for the team, we’re still undecided,” he said.
Early last week, former UAAP MVP RR Garcia, former two-time UAAP Finals MVP Nico Salva, former Adamson gunner Alex Nuyles and ex-San Miguel Beer shooters JR Cawaling and Jeric Fortuna joined the Energy Cola’s practice.
The former Smart Gilas mentor said Fortuna is quite impressive, considering that he’s just stands 5-foot-7.
“He’s (Fortuna) a pretty mature guy. I think he will have some impact (in the PBA),” noted Toroman. “The advantage of Fortuna is he played in the ABL, which has a stronger competition. So he has some advantages.”
Barako Bull owns the fourth, fifth and sixth picks, though the Energy Cola might trade the sixth to Globalport for Chris Ross. Toroman neither confirmed nor denied the possible trade.
The Energy Cola finished the past season with a 13-25 overall, the only bright spot in an otherwise frustrating campaign a quarterfinal appearance in the season-ending Governors Cup.
Toroman’s chargers were booted out by Meralco, 86-68, in the franchise’s maiden playoff appearance.