MANILA, Philippines – Former De La Salle University swingman Jamie Malonzo is expected to be taken with the first pick in the 2020 PBA D-League Draft, set for Monday at the PBA Office in Libis.
The 6-foot-6 high-flyer is the prime choice for AMA Online Education after his stints in Portland State University and La Salle last year, where he was named as part of the Mythical Team of UAAP Season 82.
This marks the fourth season in a row that AMA coach Mark Herrera and the Titans will make the top pick in the annual rookie draft – the first step for aspirants before making it to the PBA.
Herrera's past selections were Jeron Teng in 2017, Owen Graham in 2018, and Joshua Munzon in 2019.
Aside from Malonzo, other players expected to go early are Gilas pool member Jaydee Tungcab and former youth stars Jollo Go and Jerie Pingoy, along with Cebuana standouts Darrell Menina and Jaybie Mantilla.
A total of 137 players, including 17 Fil-foreigners, applied for the draft.
However, it will be a tall task for all rookies to be selected as 11 of the 12 teams in the upcoming Aspirants' Cup are school-based teams.
Foundation Cup runner-up Marinerong Pilipino will pick second, followed by Aspirants Cup bridesmaid Centro Escolar University.
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