May 23, 2022

Cone thinks Jayson David is the secret steal of the draft

JAYSON David played good enough in the PBA 3x3 for Barangay Ginebra that the Kings didn't think twice when they found the 6-foot-3 Fil-Am still available in the second round of the Season 47 Rookie Draft.

With nothing but good words from coach Kirk Collier, Tim Cone decided to tap David as the team's second round pick at no. 20 overall during the draft proceedings.

David was part of the Kings' 3x3 team that finished third place during the second conference grand finals of the standalone tournament along with fellow draftees Encho Serrano and Jolo Go.

It helped Cone get words from Collier, the strength and conditioning coach of Ginebra, to be convinced about David coming in as a big support to the Kings' campaign for the new season.

"We jumped on him right away. I'm really high on him," said Cone. "We knew him well from the 3x3. Coach Kirk talks highly of him."

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Cone added David reminds him of Meralco's Bong Quinto.

"He plays a lot of different positions, point guard, off guard, the 3 position. So, I'm excited about Jayson as well. So I think he's kind of going to be the secret steal of the draft. We're happy about him," said the Ginebra coach.

David is one of three rookies Ginebra picked on draft day along with first rounder Javi Gomez De Liano - later traded to Terrafirma along with Brian Enriquez for no. 2 overall pick Jeremiah Gray - and Rence Alcoriza in the third round. (RG)