RYAN Wetherell stole the thunder from his heralded fellow rookie aspirants as he ruled three performance tests in the PBA Draft Combine on Wednesday at the Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.
The Filipino-American combo guard, who has gained less exposure than other celebrated rookie hopefuls, flashed his speed as he topped the ¾ court sprint, clocking in at 3.22 seconds.
Wetherell also finished the lane agility fastest with a time of 10.8 seconds, before showing his hops by having the highest maximum vertical leap of 43 inches.
“I did my best,” the 27-year-old cager said. “I’m just very happy and humbled that I won all the events that I did.”
The 6-foot Wetherell jumped higher than Jason Melano (41 inches), Kris Rosales (39.5), Chris Newsome (39), and Roi Sumang (38.5).
In the lane agility drill, Wetherell edged Maverick Ahanmisi (11.22 seconds), Aljon Mariano (11.5 seconds), Jansen Rios, and Jerramy King, the last two coming in at 11.53.
Wetherell came faster in the ¾ court sprint than Mariano (3.25 seconds), Robin Roño, Jansen Rios, and Jawhar Purdy, the last three clocking an identical 3.28 seconds.
Roño, a former National University point guard, topped the other test, having the fastest reflexes among the batch with a reaction time of .366 seconds.
Asked if his performance in the first of the two-day rookie camp will be enough to gain him more attention and improve his draft stock, Wetherell answered in the positive, although acknowledging it still depends on the coaches.
“I never doubted my skills, but it’s up to the coaches,” said the former University of Southern California Trojan, who played US NCAA Division I ball. “It’s not in my hands.”
“But I think I’m definitely capable of that (making first round).”