Columbian Dyip made versatile CJ Perez as the Philippine Basketball Association 2018 Rookie Draft top overall pick on Sunday at the Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita, Manila.
The management of the Columbian Dyip expressed their interest to get the 25-year-old Perez as its No. 1 pick even before he decided to apply in the draft.
Known for his aggressive style of play similar to Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva, the former Lyceum Pirate averaged 18.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.3 steals in 19 games in the last season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
“Thank God my dream has finally come true,” said the 6’4 NCAA Most Valuable Player, who promised to give his best to Columbian Dyip. “Best effort and hustle [I will give that].”
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. was selected second overall by Blackwater and was represented by his agent Charlie Dy.
Then, San Beda team captain Robert Bolick landed on Northport as the Batang Pier’s No. 3 pick.
Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) secured the fourth overall pick in the draft from Phoenix after sending Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo to the Fuel Masters last Thursday.
NLEX used that No. 4 pick to draft Paul Desiderio of University of the Philippines surprisingly.
Meralco, the owner of the fifth pick, selected Filipino-American guard Trevis Jackson from Sacramento. Rain or Shine, which owns the sixth and eight pick, got versatile guard Jayvee Mocon of San Beda as its sixth overall pick.
The seventh overall pick belongs to NLEX, and the Road Warriors tapped big man Abu Tratter while the Elasto Painters picked National University guard Jay-Jay Alejandro as their eighth pick.
Alaska picked MJ Ayaay as ninth and Magnolia got Michael Calisaan as 10th pick.