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Christian Standhardinger piques interest of teams ahead of PBA draft

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his status, Christian Standhardinger remains a solid prospect for the top teams drafting in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.

Three of the four teams picking in the upper thirds of the annual rookie selection expressed their desire to sign up the 28-year-old big man even if he had already signed a contract with Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the ASEAN Basketball League.

Christian Standhardinger. FIBA photo
“If we can get a guy like Standhardinger, with his experience and demeanor on the court and his skillset, he can easily turn this franchise around,” said Kia coach Chris Gavina, whose team owns the number one pick in this year’s draft.

The same goes with NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, though he’s aware of the Road Warriors’ position at number two.

“We don’t have any plans yet, but the obvious route for us is if Standhardinger goes number one, maybe we’ll go with Kiefer Ravena,” the fiery mentor said, touching on the possibility of the 23-year-old playmaker declaring for the draft. “If Kiefer is number one, then we’ll go with Standhardinger. That’s really the obvious thing we could come up to right now.”

Author: Randolph B. Leongson, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/266775/christian-standhardinger-piques-interest-teams-ahead-pba-draft

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