AFTER losing a foundational talent in Terrence Romeo, NorthPort is certainly on the lookout for someone of his caliber to replace him.
But the team knows very well that finding a young gun to match the super scorer's accomplishments will be hard to find.
"Terrence Romeo will be Terrence Romeo. It will be hard to match," admitted alternate governer Erick Arejola.
The Batang Pier have a chance to add another promising talent to its roster through the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft to cushion the loss of the flamboyant Romeo, who was traded to TNT KaTropa prior to the season.
But it is doubtful if the Mikee Romero-owned team can go high enough in the draft order to get top talent.
Currently in the lower thirds of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, NorthPort is poised to nab the fourth pick and likely miss out on the consensus top three prospects of Bobby Ray Parks, CJ Perez, and Robert Bolick.
However, they still have tons of options at No. 4 with players like wings Bong Quinto and Javee Mocon, guard Trevis Jackson, and big Abu Tratter expected to be available.
Arejola is keeping his fingers crossed.
"We hope that the list of players will be good, and I heard it will be one. I think any of them will be a big help sa NorthPort," the amiable executive said.
"We're very hopeful that whoever it is, can bring an immediate impact sa NorthPort. But still, we have to discuss it with fellow team executives coach Bonnie (Tan) and sir Waiyip (Chong)."