How did each team fare in the PBA Season 47 Rookie Draft?

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial poses with four of the first-round picks in Sunday's Season 47 Rookie Draft. PBA Media Bureau

A total of 52 out of 66 rookie applicants were selected in Sunday's PBA Season 47 Rookie Draft at the Robinsons Place Manila.

Not all of the 52 will be signed to contracts this season, and there's also a chance that someone from the pool of 14 players not selected will make his way into a roster.

This draft class lost some of its luster after highly-touted applicants Justine Baltazar, Sedrick Barefield and Jeremy Arthur all didn't make the final list. Perhaps as a sign of this class's overall lack of depth, two teams made only three picks.

Which team won this draft? Which could have drafted better? We grade all 12 teams.


Draftees: Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, Kurt Lojera, Mark Dyke, Ato Ular, Daryl Pascual, Earvin Lacsamana, Arthur Navasero

The Bossing had three first-round picks, including first overall which they used wisely on the athletic 6-7 Ganuelas-Rosser. Their other two first-rounders, Lojera and Dyke, have the potential to be solid rotation players for Ariel Vanguardia. Their second-rounder, Ular, might have to fight for a roster spot, but if he makes it, he's shown in the NCAA that he's a good rebounder.

Grade: A

TERRAFIRMA DYIP (no second-round pick)

Draftees: Jeremiah Gray, Allen Mina, Shaq Alanes, Sandy Senal, Red Cachuela

For a team that could use help right away, it's a little surprising that the Dyip used the no. 2 overall pick on Gray, who is just five months removed from an ACL injury and isn't expected back until later next season. If Gray comes back at full strength, then he'll be worth the wait. Third-round pick Allen Mina could turn out to be a pleasant surprise, but for at least the first few months of Season 48 the Dyip hardly moved the needle with these moves.

Grade: B


Draftees: Jeo Ambohot, Justin Arana, Kameron Vales, Jollo Go

Speaking to Converge team governor Chito Salud at the team's media launch in early April, he said they were looking for a shooter and a big man in the draft. They went out and picked two big men with the No. 3 and No. 4 picks, and they got their shooter in third-round pick Go. Ambohot and Arana were perhaps the two best pure centers in this draft and, while they certainly added frontcourt depth, it's fair to wonder if one of them -- or maybe 2019 draftee Ben Adamos -- might be headed for the trading block.

Grade: B+

PHOENIX SUPER LGP FUEL MASTERS (no first-round pick)

Draftees: Tyler Tio, Chris Lalata, Encho Serrano, Enzo Joson, Alvin Baetiong, Leonard Esguerra, Niño Ibañez, Nichole John Ubalde

The Fuel Masters had no first-round pick, but they did have three second-rounders, all of which they used pretty well. Tio was a main rotation player for Tab Baldwin in the UAAP and can shoot it from long distance. Lalata just might turn out to be the steal of the draft. He topped the Combine's standing vertical leap and 3/4 vertical leap drills with an eye-popping 134 inches, and impressed at least one assistant coach spoken to at the Combine. Joson didn't put up big numbers at NU, but can turn out to be a serviceable back-up point guard.

Grade: A


Draftees: Gian Mamuyac, Shaun Ildefonso, Jhonard Clarito, RJ Ramirez, Rhaffy Octobre

The Elasto Painters got the best guard in the draft in Mamuyac, while also nabbing arguably the best available talent in all-around wing at No. 10 in Ildefonso. Second-round picks Clarito and Ramirez are both veterans of the minor leagues and well into their 20s, so they should both be PBA-ready if they make the final cut.

Grade: B

NORTHPORT BATANG PIER (no second-round pick)

Draftees: JM Calma, John Apacible, JJ Caspe, Yves Sason

The Batang Pier were in need of a big man with the Greg Slaughter impasse dragging on, and they went with the best big man available at No. 6 in Calma. The San Sebastian alum might need to bulk up, though, as his listed weight is only 193 pounds. NorthPort didn't pick again until the third round, where they tabbed Apacible, whom they hope can be the player he was supposed to be in college before that unfortunate incident along Timog Avenue.

Grade: B-


Draftees: Tyrus Hill, Chester Saldua, Levi Dela Cruz

The Road Warriors had no glaring need at any position heading into the draft, but it was still surprising that they took Hill at No. 7 considering Javi Gomez de Liaño, Lojera and Ildefonso were still available. Hill didn't participate in the Combine and wasn't exactly stellar in his last season with DLSU, but if he can harness his unique combination of height (he's listed at 6-5) and athleticism then NLEX would have found a gem. Saldua is also around 6-5 and at 28 should be more than ready.

Grade: B-


Draftees: Javi Gomez de Liaño, Jayson David, Rence Alcoriza

The Kings might just have seen a solid player fall right into their laps. Gomez de Liaño, the Gilas and B.League veteran who can light up from beyond the arc, was surprisingly still available at No. 8, and Ginebra was wise not to let the opportunity pass. Tim Cone had hinted last week that they might pick one of their 3x3 players at some point in the draft, and they did just that with David.

Grade: A

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN (no first and second-round picks)

Draftees: Jerwyn Guinto, Lyndon Colina, John Gonzaga, CJ Cadua

The Beermen didn't pick until late in the third round, and they chose Bradwyn Guinto's kid brother. Jerwyn is about the same height as his brother but has a different body type and skill set. He might find it tough to get a roster spot as SMB is loaded at both frontcourt spots. Meanwhile, Gonzaga was the oldest applicant at 34 while Cadua the shortest at 5-4.

Grade: C

MERALCO BOLTS (no first-round pick)

Draftees: Christian Fajarito, JJ Espanola, Andrey Armenion

With Reynel Hugnatan approaching what seemingly is his 85th birthday, the Bolts realized they needed fresh legs up front. The 6-7 Fajarito could be groomed as back-up to fellow Letran alum Raymond Almazan. Espanola, 28, is a guard who suited up for UP and also made his rounds in the various minor leagues, but the Bolts already have Diego Dario in their reserve list.

Grade: B-

TNT TROPING GIGA (no first and second-round picks)

Draftees: Roberto Bartolo, John Villanueva

The Tropang Giga are pretty stacked at all positions, so Bartolo and Villanueva will have to do something really special to convince the coaches to take a chance on them.

Grade: C


Draftees: Keith Zaldivar, Carlo De Chavez, Orlan Wamar, Garciano Puerto

Zaldivar was a mild surprise at No. 12 considering the Hotshots have a loaded frontcourt. Perhaps Rafi Reavis is thinking of finally retiring. De Chavez has been hanging around various leagues for the past several years before taking his act to the PBA's 3x3 league. He's a good shooter, but the Hotshots already have several of those. And if their Season 46 Draft first-round pick Jerrick Ahanmisi -- also a shooter -- still hasn't entrenched himself into Chito Victolero's regular rotation, it's hard to see De Chavez getting a chance.

Grade: C