STANLEY Pringle as expected was made the top pick overall by GlobalPort in a 2014 PBA rookie draft that was thrown in disarray by surprise trades on the draft floor and an unexpected decision by a Rain or Shine team that is in danger of losing top star Paul Lee.
The 6-1 Pringle, a former player at Penn State who made his name with the Indonesia Warriors side in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), became the first guard to be made the top pick overall since Jayvee Casio in 2011.
But Pringle's selection by GlobalPort was about the only predictable move in a draft that took a surprise turn beginning with the No. 2 selection when Rain or Shine, seeking an 'insurance cover' for the wantaway Lee, took former Gilas cadet and Letran star Kevin Alas.
Another surprise twist came at No. 3 which Barako Bull traded to San Miguel Beer for Chico Lanete, Jojo Duncil, a 2014 second-round pick and a first-round pick in 2016. The Beermen then used the right to draft former San Sebastian star Ronald Pascual.
Newcomer NLEX Warriors, making their first appearance in the draft, took in former Gilas cadet Matt Ganuelas Rosser while Fil-Italian Chris Banchero - projected to go in the Top 3 - tumbled down to No. 5 by Alaska.
The loudest cheers were received by former Adamson star Rodney Brondial, an agile 6-5 forward who will now beef up Ginebra's frontline after being made the No. 6 selection overall.
Another trade took place for the No. 7 pick, which San Mig sent to GlobalPort along with a 2016 second-round pick in exchange for the Batang Pier's 2016 first round and 2018 second round picks. The Batang Pier used the pick to grab former San Beda forward Anthony Semerad.
Another projected top pick, San Beda product Jake Pascual, tumbled to No. 8 by Barako Bull; Adamson's Jericho Cruz was made the No. 9 pick by Rain or Shine while selected the second half of the Semerad brothers, David, at No. 10.
Blackwater and Kia, the league's two expansion teams, drafted as expected. Kia took in its coach, Manny Pacquiao, at No. 11 while former Ateneo guard Juami Tiongson was made the No. 12 pick by the Elite.
In all, 41 of the 87 draft hopefuls were taken in the rookie draft, with NCAA teams surprisingly having the most number of draftees. San Beda has six - Jake and Kyle Pascual, Rome dela Rosa, Kevin Espinosa and twins Anthony and David Semerad while Perpetual has three in Juneric Baloria, Michael Acuna and Harold Arboleda.
Letran also has three in Kevin and Junjun Alas and Ford Ruaya.
The second-round picks were Rome dela Rosa (Alaska), Kevin Espinosa (Rain or Shine), big man Philip Paredes (Barako Bull), Kenneth Alas (Alaska), Arellano center Prince Caperal (GlobalPort), former ABL Fil-Am guard Phillip Morrison (Barako Bull), John Pinto (GlobalPort), Perpetual workhorse Harold Arboleda (Talk ‘N Text), former UP Fighting Maroon shooter Michael Gamboa (Rain or Shine), Gab Banal (Barako Bull), Frank Golla (Blackwater) and Kyle Pascual (Kia Motors).
The third round onwards saw expansion teams Kia and Blackwater select player alternately.
Among those drafted by Kia were former Southwestern University slotman Rene Pacquiao, who joins his cousin Manny, Kenneth Ighalo, Paolo Taha, Fil-Americans Jeremy Bartolo, Anthony Gavieres, Richard Cole, Victor Umali, Jonathan Banal, Michael Acuna, Mark Romero and Francis Barcede.
On the other hand, Blackwater took in wide-bodied guard Brian Heruela, Maclean Sabellina, Perpetual scorer Juneric Baloria, former UP Fighting Maroon center Raul Soyud, former University of Santo Tomas shooter Clark Bautista and Reneford Ruaya.