Former University of North Carolina swingman Jackie Manuel is ready to play in the PBA if the right offer comes along, said Los Angeles-based Filipino agent Roger Jimenez Friday.
Jimenez told The Star in a long distance phone call he spoke to Manuel’s agent Derek Powell who confirmed the Tar Heel’s willingness to play here and leave his Los Angeles D-Fenders team in the National Basketball Development League (NBDL).
Jimenez, who migrated to the US in 1988 and is active in Los Angeles Fil-Am leagues as a coach, recently visited Manila for three weeks. He watched several games in the recent PBA semifinals and finals and said Manuel would be a perfect fit for a squad like San Miguel Beer.
Jimenez said D-Fenders assistant coach Chucky Brown put him in touch with Manuel then Powell.
"I know what it takes to play in the PBA because I’ve coached guys like Mark Caguioa, Tony de la Cruz, Alex Cabagnot and Don Allado in L. A. leagues," said Jimenez. "One year, my team with Tony and Don beat Mark’s team for the Fil-Am championship. Mark was averaging about 35 points but we held him to only 10 in the finals. Mark later joined my team and we were unbeaten."
Jimenez said he would’ve offered players to the PBA earlier but his work as an accounting assistant and cashier at Occidental College kept him busy. Now, he’s got a little more time in his hands to dabble into player management.
"I like players from North Carolina," said Jimenez, a PSBA graduate from Lucena. "They’re known for their attitude and work ethic. That’s why I zeroed in on Manuel, a tough defensive player who plays like Bruce Bowen and Doug Christie."
Jimenez said in the Fiesta Conference opening tomorrow, teams with players on loan to the national squad will need top-quality imports to fill the vacuum.
Manuel, 23, is a 6-4, 190-pound guard-forward who averaged 20.8 points, 11 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals as a Cardinal Newman high school senior in Florida in 2000-01. He played four years at North Carolina, ending his career with an NCAA title in 2004-05.
In the NBDL this season, Manuel is averaging 15.3 points for Los Angeles.
Jimenez said if a team has a serious offer for Manuel, he’ll personally accompany the Tar Heel to Manila on the first available flight.
Jimenez added that he’s bringing University of Redlands senior Amir Mazarei to Manila this summer to play in the PBL and later apply for the PBA draft. Mazarei’s father Mahdi is Iranian and his mother Linda is Filipina.
Mazarei, 21, averaged 24.8 points for Redlands with a single-game high of 57 as a junior last year. The 5-11 guard, a Dean’s Lister, is the Bulldogs varsity’s top offensive threat.
Mazarei’s teammate Justin Omalev, 20, is also half-Filipino. His father Tom is Yugoslavian and mother Elvie is from Olongapo. The 5-10 guard is a Redlands reserve. Jimenez said he will take Omalev to Manila after he graduates next year.
A very early mock draft
john geoffrey dacanay September 4th, 2007 (Visited 136 times)
It’s still early but I’m making a mock draft for next year to gauge how deep the draft will be. It will not be as deep as this year but still has marquee names like Gabe Norwood and Jason Castro to make it interesting. The draft order is based on this year’s order (of course it could change next year depending on the performance of each team this year, but with the prospect of Harbour Centre joining the league it could throw off my draft projections in great disarray if and when the team decides to elevate the likes of Jason Castro and Fil-Am Nick Stephens).
Here how it goes:
1) Welcoat - Gabe Norwood (6-5 G-F George Mason University). Unless the Dragons trade this pick, they have a good chance to land this pick if and only if Devance turns out to be a dud this year (highly unlikely). Norwood is the lottery prize for the team who will win the number one spot next year and without question the most talented player on this list. He can play 1-2-3 spots with equal ease. He is athletic, can score (inside or out), rebound, and bring the ball down). A superstar waiting to unravel.
2) Air21 (via Coca Cola in the Mark Telan trade) - Jason Castro (5-9 G Philippine Christian University). After Norwood, it is suddenly a wide open race for the number 2 spot. The Express will draft the most talented player left - Jason Castro. Castro is a do-everything guard who can score, rebound, pass, defend and make plays on the floor. Air21 already has Marvin Cruz but they can’t afford to pass up a talent like Castro.
3) Sta. Lucia - Nick Stephens (6-5 F Holy Names University). The Realtors continue their Fil-am binge that started with the drafting of Kelly Williams two years ago, and the selection of Ryan Reyes this year. Stephens uses brute force to score inside the shaded lane. He also has a touch from the three-point range. With Reyes, Williams and Stephens, the Realtors could finally get back to the road of respectability.
4) Air21 - Roel Hugnatan (6-4 F Adamson University). This will be the second pick of the Express and needing size will likely go with the best big man available - Roel Hugnatan. Hugnatan is taking the path where his older Reynel Hugnatan left off. He is among the UAAP leaders in points and rebounds and could well be among the top big men in the pool with a continued strong showing this year. He is, like his brother, a bruiser underneath. They have very similar game but could well turn out to be better player because he is still young and will continue to improve.
5) Purefoods - Mark Borboran (6-3 F University of the East). The Giants have always longed for a legit small forward on the team following Eugene Tejada’s career-ending injury two years ago. Borboran played power forward on the undersized UE frontcourt but could make a swift transition to the small forward position in the pros with his quickness and versatile game. He is very athletic and can score inside and out.
6) Alaska - Patrick Cabahug (6-2 G-F Adamson University). Jeffrey Cariaso is not getting any younger and this maybe the time the Aces will search for his heir apparent. Cabahug has the bloodlines (Uncle Elmer was a former Alaska player), the right connection (assistant coach Luigi Trillo was his former coach at Adamson, and Ken Bono is a former teammate), and the game to be successful at the next level. Cabahug may be the best shooter to come down the pike in years.
7) Red Bull - Larry Rodriguez (6-4 F Philippine Maritime Institute). Red Bull has always made good draft selections in the past and next year may not be any different. The Barakos’ search for a replacement to Enrico Villanueva could well stop in the vicinity of ex-Philippine Maritime Institute standout. Rodriguez was a former PBL top overall pick and also played in the URBL and the MVBA. Don’t let his lithe frame fool you, he is one of amateur basketball’s best rebounders and shotblockers. He is low post operator who also has a soft touch from mid-range.
8) Talk N Text - James Francisco (6-3 G Chaminade University). The Phonepals are at least two-deep in every position will take the best available player route. Francisco is a very big guard who was “developed” overseas. The high-scoring Francisco is a great shooter from deep and could instantly heat up like his 43-point explosion in a high school game.
9) San Miguel - Lawrence Bonus (6-7 C University of Manila) The Beermen need more size to its injury-riddle frontcourt and could well look in the direction of the vastly-improved Lawrence Bonus of Henkel Sista. Bonus was the PBL’s most improved player last tourney. He is still rather thin but has great potential to be a “player” someday. He has a nice shooting touch from mid-range and will sky high for a dunk on breakaways.
10) Brgy Ginebra - Floyd Dedicatoria (6-4 F Jose Rizal University). The loss of Rudy Hatfield could very well hurt the Gin Kings’ campaign this year. Hatfield is blue collar worker who positions himself well on the boards and isn’t afraid to mix it up underneath. Dedicatoria has the same qualities and probably more. He is a great rebounder and is a low post scorer.
11) Welcoat - Jeff Chan (6-3 F-G Far Eastern University). It’s highly unthinkable that Jeff Chan drops this far. Chan is a great shooter and defender. He loves to play in the clutch and can also score on drives and pull ups.
12) Air21 - Bonbon Custodio (5-11 G University of the East). Bonbon is an ultra-athletic guard who may be a fit with the Express’ running game. Custodio was the lead point guard for the Warriors until his banishment from the team. He can score with the best, is one of the best rebounders at his position and can shoot from afar.
13) Sta. Lucia - Jeff Dosado (5-9 G American International). The Realtors have fell in love with Fil-Ams. They lost Alex Cabagnot last year in a trade with Coca-Cola but Jeff Dosado will make them forget that. Dosado is a great shooter and a playmaker who could form a solid 1-2 punch in the backcourt with Ryan Reyes.
14) Air21 - Ronnie Matias (6-4 F Adamson University). Many were surprised with Ronnie Matias’ surprising showing in the PBL last tourney with Harbour Centre. Matias loves to work in the low post. He has great footwork and is not afraid to mix it up inside. Matias played in the NBC for the Iligan Crusaders but it was not until he played in the PBL (for Henkel Sista) that he really shone.
15) Purefoods - Jason Ballesteros (6-6 San Sebastian College). He made drastic improvement in his game in the last PBL tourney and if he continues to do that, he will find himself back to draft contention. Ballesteros is a rebounding machine who is still considered a project by many. He has an improving low post game and could give the Giants the size that it needs at the backup center position.
16) Alaska - TY Tang (5-8 G De la Salle University). The Aces need another point guard to back up Mike Cortez as Dale Singson is near the twilight of his career. Tang is a pure playmaker who was a celebrated high school player prior to his stint with the Green Archers. He can shoot, dish and be a leader on the floor.
17) Red Bull - Conrad Fritz Bauzon (6-1 G Perpetual Help) - Bauzon is a shooter and a darn good one at that. He is like a microwave who heats up pretty quick and when he’s on the zone, he’s virtually impossible to stop. He played for Henkel-Sista in the PBL last tourney and was a instant
18) Talk N Text - Jim Bruce Viray (6-3 F San Sebastian College). Viray has a very deep range on his jumper. He is like Talk N Text rookie Yousif Aljamal who can play inside and outside.
19) San Miguel - Nestor David (6-3 F University of the Philippines). The Beermen are already loaded at the guard position but may need to inject some youth and freshness to its frontcourt. David is not your typical post man. He is quite undersized at the power forward position and has virtually no perimeter game nor the quickness to be able to slide to the swing positions. David is a bruiser who will challenge big men inside for the position and the rebounds.
20) Brgy Ginebra - Julius Cumlat (5-9 G Holy Names University). Cumlat is a teammate of Harbour Centre’s Nick Stephens on the Holy Names varsity. He is a pure point guard who lead the school in assists. Cumlat could be a nice replacement to aging guard Johnny Abarrientos.
Other mock drafts for years 2009-2012 will follow.
1) Welcoat - Japeth Aguilar (6-9 C Western Kentucky/Ateneo). If he does not make it into the NBA, he'll the top pick here. Has size, athletic ability, and shotblocking potential.
2) Coca Cola - Jervy Cruz (6-5 F University of Santo Tomas). Best big man to come out of the UAAP since Benjie Paras and Dennis Espino.
3) Sta. Lucia - Edwin Asoro (6-3 F National University). Terror on the boards and on defense. Also has good body and athleticism. Can he play small forward in the pros?
4) Air21 - Jonathan Fernandez (6-2 G National University). Shades of Renren Ritualo? He has similar game but could be a better defender.
5) Purefoods - Rino Berame (6-7 C University of the Visayas). Surprised scouts when he schooled 2006 UAAP MVP Ken Bono during the Collegiate Champions' League. Has good post moves.
6) Alaska - Eric John Llanto (6-5 F University of San Carlos). Another Cebuano big man who has great rebounding instincts and accurate shooting touch that extends out to the three-point area. Bruiser, has size and heft at his position. Could be a better prospect than a young John Ferriols.
7) Red Bull - Kelvin Dela Peña (6-0 G Mapua Institute of Technology). NCAA's best guard was schooled in Canada. Can play both backcourt spots effectively well but his pro future is at the point. Great scorer and can shoot the lights out when needed.
8) Air21 (via Talk N Text) - Marcelino III Arellano (5-10
G University of the East) . He's a combo guard who has sick three-point shooting touch and playmaking ability
9) San Miguel - Joseph Evans Casio (6-0 G De la Salle). A Brandon Cablay-type scoring guard who will be difficult to stop in transition.
10) Ginebra - Anthony Espiritu (6-4 F University of Sto. Tomas). Shooting touch for a big man is nonpareil
11) Coca Cola - Jermaine Phillips (6-0 G St. Edwards University)
12) Welcoat - Martin Jr. Urra (6-2 G College of St. Benilde)
13) Sta. Lucia - Rogemar Menor (6-2 F San Beda College)
14) Air21 - Francis De Leon (6-7 C San Sebastian College)
15) Red Bull (via Purefoods) - Niño Ramirez (6-0 G University of San Carlos)
16) Alaska - Morsie Akad (6-1 G University of the Visayas)
17) Red Bull - Alvyn Cabonce (6-3 G-F Letran College)
18) Talk N Text - Chester Lloyd Taylor (6-4 University of Sto. Tomas)
19) San Miguel - Jayford Rodriguez (6-4 F University of the Visayas)
20) Ginebra - Ian Garrido (6-5 F Philippine Christian University)
1) Welcoat - Ronnie Aguilar (7-0 C Colorado State)
2) Coca Cola - Kelvin West Gregorio (6-4 F University of the East)
3) Sta. Lucia - Elmer Espiritu (6-4 F University of the East)
4) Air21 - Rico Maierhofer (6-4 F De La Salle)
5) Purefoods - Pong Escobal (5-11 G San Beda College)
6) Alaska - Rabah Al-Hussaini (6-6 C-F Ateneo)
7) Red Bull - Ford Arao (6-6 C-F Ateneo)
8) Air21 (via Talk N Text) - Dylan Ababou (6-4 F University of Sto. Tomas)
9) San Miguel - James Vincent Martinez (5-11 G University of the East)
10) Ginebra - Christian Cabatu (6-6 C College of St. Benilde)
11) Coca Cola - Jai Reyes (5-7 G Ateneo)
12) Welcoat - Junemar Fajardo (6-9 University of Cebu)
13) Sta. Lucia - Joseph Lingao-Lingao (6-5 C National University)
14) Air21 - Jay-R Taganas (6-4 F San Beda College)
15) Purefoods - Christopher John Tiu (6-0 G Ateneo)
16) Alaska - Sean Christopher Co (6-1 G Mapua Institute)
17) Red Bull - Marco Fajardo (6-1 G Jose Rizal University)
18) Talk N Text - Rafael Joey Jr. Jazul (5-10 G Letran College)
19) San Miguel - Fiel-Dino Daa (6-3 F Letran College)
20) Ginebra - Marc Terence Cagoco (5-9 G Jose Rizal)
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has adopted a new set of guidelines -- including a couple of FIBA-inspired rules – that will take effect this 2007-08 season.
Adjustments in the three-point line, hand checking, goal tending, zone measurement and penalty situation are among those approved by the league’s competition committee that will be implemented for the entire PBA pre-season games starting today.
In the event no glitch is encountered in the imposition of the new rules, the league will formally adopt it beginning the 33rd season that begins on Oct. 14.
“The new rules are expected to add more excitement, speed up play and likely increase the scoring in the league,” said PBA Officer-In-Charge Sonny Barrios.
PBA operations director Rickie Santos, a member for the competitions committee, believes the new rules will help improve the players’ defensive acumen.
From its original measure of 20-feet away from the basket, the three-point line has been shortened to 20-feet and patterned after FIBA.
The zone measurement has also been reduced from the PBA restricted area of a rectangle that measures “16' x 18'-10” or 301.44 sq.ft to Fiba’s restricted area measuring 3.6 meters (12 feet) wide at the free throw line and 6 meters wide (19 ft. and 8.25 inches) at the baseline or 298.54 sq.ft as per FIBA standards.
Defensive players meanwhile, will now be whistled for hand checking this time if such contact is deemed by game officials as a tool to impede the progress of the offensive players.
Goal interference and goal tending will also be a thing of the past. Under the new guideline, offensive or defensive player may touch the ball provided it touches the ring.
As for the penalty situation, the new rules will have the number of team fouls committed in the fourth quarter being carried over to overtime, the extra period now having been considered as an extension of the fourth quarter as far as the number of team fouls and the team fouls penalty rule are concerned.
During regulation, a team that commits two fouls under two minutes in any quarter automatically gets into penalty situation, resulting to two free throws for the offended player on the second foul regardless of the number of team fouls.
The last rule on penalty situation was actually approved as early as last year by the same competition committee, but was deferred for this season to give all teams enough time to adjust.
The pre-season games will last for more than two weeks, kicking off with the lone game between Purefoods and Barangay Ginebra today at the San Sebastian College gym in Cavite.
Arwind Santos is one of the best player in the Air 21 Express roster, he quite made a huge impact in his rookie season, averaging 14.03 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.8 BPG in 42 Regular Season games.
He ranked first among rookies in scoring during the Philippine Cup and almost led the Express to a quarterfinals appearance only to fall to the Sta. Lucia Realtors in a knockout match.
That is an amazing performance from last years outstanding rookies that came from the UAAP. He is also a member of the current PBA Mythical 2nd team, which is a sign that he can be the franchise player of Air 21 once that ball hogged Gary David is gone from their lineup
The future looks brighter when we have guys like Jervy Cruz dominating the UAAP with an average of 16 points and 16 rebounds. Jervy is one of the best bigmen prospect since Dennis Espino, Danny Ildefonso and Don Allado of DLSU Green Archers in the 1990's.
Beside some of our players from the South like Gregory Slaughter and 21 yrs.old Rino Berame, they will probably make a huge mark in the national level, collegiate and in the PBL because of their height and potential.
The players today are much better in my opinion as proven by our current national team, which is the best team ever assembled since the 1998 Centennial Team, our players are progressing but the main reason that we cannot win the Gold in Asia is because the international competition is so much better compare to the 1990's where the only powerhouse team in asia beside the Philippines is China and South Korea, now you can see some Middle Eastern team dominating the competition like Lebanon, the champion Iran and Qatar.
By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Last updated 01:26am (Mla time) 09/09/2007
CAVITE CITY -- James Yap scored 22 points and Kerby Raymundo added 19 as Purefoods polished off Barangay Ginebra with one great run in the stretch for a 97-87 decision at the start of the PBA preseason tournament at the SSC gym here last night.
Yap, the Most Valuable Player two years ago, touched off and capped a telling 11-1 run in the stretch that made it 85-71 for the Tender Juicy Giants.
That spelled the end for the Gin Kings, who were led by Sunday Salvacion’s 18 and Billy Mamaril’s 15.
Fil-Americans Eric Menk and Raffy Reavis and National Team guards Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand did not suit up for the Kings.
Meanwhile, Alaska has reportedly told handlers of burly center-forward Ken Bono “not to worry” even if negotiations for the former Adamson star have yet to formally start.
Picked sixth overall in the recent draft despite possessing solid credentials both in the collegiate and commercial leagues, the
6-foot-5 Bono has started practicing with the Aces even without a pact since last Thursday.
Coach Tim Cone had labeled Bono as “the steal of the draft” and told the Inquirer earlier that he does not see any problems when contract negotiations get under way.
Coca-Cola is dead serious in reversing its fortunes in the PBA.
The Tigers are not done with retooling the team in the hopes of going toe-to-toe with the big guns when the 33rd Season of Asia’s first play-for-pay cage league opens on October 14. Over the weekend, Coca-Cola shipped former King Green Archer Joseph Yeo to Sta. Lucia in exchange for erstwhile Far Eastern stalwarts Mark Isip and Cesar Catli.
Although the papers have yet to reach the Commissioner’s Office, sources said
the two teams consummated the deal, which also involved Coca-Cola’s second round draft pick in 2009, in time for their encounter in the 2007 PBA Pre-Season tourney at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Even while no marquee player was involved, it is a trade seen as beneficial to the two ballclubs. In Isip, Coca-Cola got a dependable 6-4 banger who showed the stuff he’s made of during last year’s Rookie Camp and pre-season games, but failed to get ample playing time in the regular season. The streakshooting Catli, for his part, will take over the spot vacated by William Antonio.
On the other side of the fence, Sta. Lucia gained a devil-may-care slasher in Yeo following the transfer of Kenneth Duremdes, also to Coca-Cola, last season.
It will be recalled that the two teams completed a trade deal involving Duremdes, Alex Cabagnot and Denok Miranda.
The Realtors have found an able replacement for Cabagnot with their acquisition of Ryan Reyes in the recent PBA Rookie Draft and may have firmed up their backcourt with the entry of Yeo.
Yeo was the No. 3 pick overall in last year’s draft pick behind Kelly Williams and Arwind Santos. The Realtors picked Isip No. 6 overall last year. They also drafted Catli in the second round in 2005.
“We really need a slasher, and Yeo may fit the description,” said Sta. Lucia coach Boyet Fernandez. “Yeo also has a good fan base. He may well boost crowd support for the team.” (NC)
Devance proves worth, scores 35 in pre-season debut
Monday, 10 September 2007
Welcoat may really have found in Joe Devance the right player to build its team around on.
The top draft pick had a spectacular maiden showing with the Dragons although he missed two crucial free throws at endgame, costing them the game against the visiting KT&G team of Korea Monday night at The Arena in San Juan.
The Dragons suffered a 91-94 defeat which won't reflect in their win-loss record in the 2007 PBA pre-season tourney since the Korean team is a mere guest squad set to play five games.
Reinforced by imports Marquin Chandler and Robert Cummings, the Koreans will be up next against the Alaska Aces – the recent Fiesta Conference champions and defending titlists in this pre-season event. They play at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the same venue.
Devance came through with a splendid 35-point showing, only to spoil his night with the two missed charities with the Dragons staring at a 91-92 deficit and time down to 16 seconds.
The 6-foot-7 center-forward out of University of Texas at El Paso earlier banged away a three-pointer then scored from close range as the Dragons came within one with 37 seconds to go.
He then intercepted a pass by Hee Jung Joo to Chandler – the former Purefoods reinforcement – giving the Dragons the chance to win the game. Alas, he fouled up from the stripe.
The two teams figured in a close match with neither enjoying a double-digit spread.
The Dragons came out strong from the halftime huddle and led by eight points before settling for a 66-63 lead going into the payoff period.
KT&G trailed most of the second quarter but pulled even at 46-all at halftime as Hee Jong Yang completed a three-point play with time down to 36 seconds.
Devance led all scorers with 16 points in the opening half with Jay-R Reyes adding 10. Yang paced the Koreans with 11.
Welcoat took a 27-26 edge in the opening period on back-to-back baskets by Adonis Sta. Maria and Devance. (NC)
KT&G 94 – Chandler 32, Yang 25, Cummings 16, Hwang 7, Eun 5, Lim 4, Yoo 4, Joo 1, Park 0, Lee 0.
Ginebre Team line-up