Columbian turned to someone who can form an explosive pair with CJ Perez as the Dyip selected Roosevelt Adams as the first pick in the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft at Robinson’s Place Manila Sunday.
Adams wowed almost everybody in his MVP showing during the Gatorade Draft Combine. And not surprisingly, the 6-foot-5 Fil-Am forward got the nod of Columbian, gaining the honors as the top choice in the 2019 PBA draft class.
Earlier, Columbian Dyip made George Isaac Go as the first pick in the special Gilas dispersal draft, featuring five players eyed to be included in the Gilas program for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
Cebuano hotshots Rey Suerte went to Blackwater at No. 2, 6-0 guard Matthew Nieto to NLEX at No. 3, gunner/slasher Allyn Bulanadi to Alaska at No. 4 and wing guy Michael Nieto to Rain or Shine at No. 5
But as agreed upon by the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, these Gilas prospects will be made available to their PBA mother ball clubs only once their national duties are over.
Adams, a 25-year-old College of Idaho product, leads the rookie draftees that can strut their stuffs in the pros right at the start of the next PBA season.
“It’s a blessing, and I have no words to describe my feeling. It’s a great opportunity,” said Adams, initially seen playing in the local scene with Go for Gold in the PBA D-League.