Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guaio. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Rain or Shine will have a choice to make when the 2014 PBA Draft comes along on Sunday.

The Elasto Painters own the second overall pick of the draft and have expressed interest in former Gilas Pilipinas cadet pool member Matt Ganuelas Rosser.

But Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao told InterAksyon.com that they are willing to move the pick if there are any takers.

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Gilas experience a huge advantage for Kevin Alas (August 20, 2014)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

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MANILA, Philippines – Former Letran star and rookie hopeful Kevin Alas believes his experience playing as a Gilas Pilipinas cadet is a great advantage for him as he prepares for the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft.

Alas, who was one of the last players to file his application for the draft, admits that his participation in the Gilas program was one of the factors that he considered.

"'Yung programa ng Gilas, tuloy-tuloy 'yan," said Alas, who was part of the Gilas team that won the bronze medal in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup last month. "Pag hindi ako nagpa-draft, tuloy-tuloy pa rin 'yung programa, part pa rin ako."

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MANILA, Philippines – Former ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) import Stanley Pringle, Gilas cadet Matt Rosser and Cebuano ace Brian Heruela stood out on Day 2 of the 2014 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine on Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

Pringle, who last played for the Indonesia Warriors, tallied the fastest time in the 3/4 court sprint, registering 3.06 seconds. This was followed by Heruela, who recorded 3.09 seconds.

“It’s an honor to be considered one of the top prospects in the Draft. I just wanted to come out and do all the skills tests here in the Combine,” Pringle, who is expected to become the top overall pick, said in the PBA website.

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High hopes for Belorio in Draft (August 20, 2014)
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MANILA, Philippines - Jonathan Belorio, former skipper of  the Letran Knights, is expected to be picked high in the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Draft set to be held on Sunday at Robinson’s Ermita in Manila.

Measured at 6’3, the high-leaping Belorio was a member of the 2012 Letran team which battled San Beda in the finals alongside fellow draft applicant Kevin Alas and Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan.

The Knights may have lost in the finals, but collegiate fans remember Belorio as a versatile big man, who can score from inside and out and can easily play the no. 3 and 4 spots, a rare skill that would serve him well in the pro league.

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Sabellina impresses at Gatorade PBA Draft Combine (August 20, 2014)
Ricky Olivares [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Mclean Sabellina during the PBA Draft Combine. www.philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines – With one thunderous jam, Mclean Sabellina served notice to the various PBA coaches gathered for Day 2 of the Gatorade PBA Draft Combine that they might want to re-evaluate some of their pre-draft choices.

Sabellina, the 6’3” forward from Boracay Rhum and formerly of the STI Olympians, flashed into the lane and collected a zip pass from Philip Paniamogan, who drew the defense when he drove hard down the left baseline.

The Cagayan De Oro native rose and dunked the ball in traffic sending the crowd at the Gatorade Hoops Center oohing and ahhing.

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Guiao: Rain or Shine weighing Pacquiao option (August 20, 2014)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Yeng Guiao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Rain or Shine, which owns the second overall pick in the coming PBA Draft, has a relatively long list of possible picks from a pool that does not have the formidable big man the Elasto Painters are actually looking for.

And that list includes the name of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

“There’s definitely no one (in the pool) of the caliber of the big man that we are looking for,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao told the Inquirer over the phone Tuesday, the final day of the 2014 Gatorade biometric test for rookies.

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 PBA hopeful Mike Gamboa (left) with the author. www.philstar.com

Do dreams truly die?

For Mike Gamboa, he always wanted to play in the PBA. He first set his sights on the short terms goals – playing point guard for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets and then the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in the UAAP. But the poor showing of the latter especially in his final season made him decide to forego his dream.

This past year, Gamboa has been working for Taiwanese computer company ASUS. He was thinking of studying in the United States to take up his Masters in Business Administration when his father, Jojo, who once played for the Ateneo Blue Eagles, convinced him to give it one more try and apply for the 2014 Gatorade PBA Draft on August 24.

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