Filipino-American guards Stanley Pringle and Chris Banchero lead the lineup of foreign-born aspirants for this year's PBA draft.
The two men, who both began their Asian professional basketball careers in the ASEAN Basketball League, figure to be among the top picks in the annual event.
The 27-year-old Pringle was a star for two seasons for the Indonesia Warriors, which was coached by current San Miguel Beer team consultant Todd Purves. Pringle won finals Most Valuable Player honors in 2012 after leading the Warriors to an upset of the ABL edition of the Beermen featuring Banchero.
After two seasons with San Miguel in the ABL, Banchero spent this past season in the PBA D-League, where he was the first overall pick last year by the Boracay Rum Waves....
Only one year ago, first round picks Ryan Buenafe of Alaska and Rain or Shine’s Alex Nuyles were looking ahead to bright futures with the teams that selected them in the 2013 PBA Draft.
Buenafe and Nuyles were selected eighth and ninth overall in last year’s draft, going ahead of rookies like San Mig Coffee’s Justin Melton and Nuyles’ teammate Jeric Teng.
But now, the two are among the list of the players left unprotected for the upcoming dispersal draft for expansion teams Blackwater Sports and Kia Motors, according to sources from within their respective teams....
With the departure of Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio from the team, as well as the entry of NLEX into the fold after acquiring the Air 21 franchise, coaches from the different MVP group-backed clubs were set to be shuffled into new positions on Wednesday.
Talk ‘N Text head coach Norman Black was set to move to the Meralco Bolts with former assistant Jong Uichico taking over the Tropang Texters post.
Gregorio, who also has corporate duties with Meralco in the field of sports and youth advocacy, will remain with the team as he will be appointed an alternate governor to the PBA board....
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has signified his intention to join the PBA Draft this August.
This is on top of already being head coach for Kia Motors, one of the new franchises set to join the country’s premier professional basketball league.
Pacquiao made the declaration during the opening of the PLDT-ABAP National Open Championship in Digos City, wherein the fighting congressman was the keynote speaker and guest of honor....
MANILA, Philippines — Talented Filipino-American point guards Stanley Pringle and Chris Banchero beat the deadline for foreign applicants with Filipino roots in the PBA Draft and loom as the top choices for the No. 1 pick when the league chooses its new set of rookies on Aug. 19.
After seeing action with different teams in the Asean Basketball League, Pringle and Banchero now seek to take their acts to the PBA and both looked worthy of being tabbed first overall by the Globalport Batang Pier.
Pringle, the former Penn State standout, and Banchero, the ex-Seattle Pacific University starter, have the most glowing credentials among a handful of aspirants as registration for players with foreign blood closes Monday....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||10||5||0.667||3rd|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||14||3||0.824||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||9||8||0.529||5th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||9th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||4th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||21||4||0.840||Champions|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||8||6||0.571||4th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||13||8||0.619||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||19||8||0.704||Champions|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Runner-up|