The PBA annual rookie draft, held Sunday night at Robinsons Place Manila, is one of the rare occasions when basketball stars ditch their jerseys and dress it up a little.
Despite the nerve-racking anticipation, the aspirants exuded confidence dressed to the nines. And as the oldest club league in Asia welcomed its new breed of cagers for the PBA's upcoming 44th season, SPIN Life was there to judge who made the sartorial cut.
He may be the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, but Robert Bolick is No. 1 in the list as the Best Dressed Rookie. The former San Beda star, who is joining NorthPort next season, wore a lavender check suit matched with a purple tie.
The No. 1 overall pick made quite an impression in another lavender check suit, with his braided hair pulled up for a more formal look. Perez will go to Columbian Dyip to beef up their roster next season. The former Lyceum star definitely looks like he's ready for the pros.
Simple but elegant, Gideon Babilonia sports a black plaid suit for the draft. Alaska chooses the former Ateneo big man as the fifth pick in the second round.
Rain or Shine draftee Jayvee Mocon also sported a check suit. But unlike Bolick and Perez, he chose to go the more conservative route with a navy blue suit instead of the night's more popular lavender.
Ginebra chose Matt Salem twelfth in the third round, but his fashion style definitely ranks higher than that. He wore a violet suit paired with red pants and a bow tie.
The man behind the "Atin To" battlecry, Paul Desiderio, showed up wearing a purple suit. NLEX picked him No. 4 overall but traded him to Blackwater right after the draft.