May 11, 2022

Ildefonso, Arana, Lalata among top performers in Day 1 of Draft Combine

HIGHLY-touted Shaun Ildefonso, Justin Arana, and Chris Lalata emerged as the top performers on the first day of the revived PBA Gatorade Draft Combine at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

Ildefonso, son of two-time league MVP Danny Ildefonso, was no. 1 in terms of agility test with a time of 3.46 seconds, while Lalata displayed the best standing vertical jump measuring 134 inches as the two distinct themselves from the 58 others who showed up at the Mandaluyong venue.

Arana, the top rebounder of NCAA Season 97 out of Arellano, had the longest arm span measuring 6-foot-8 1/2 .

Meanwhile, Lalata also owned the best 3-step jump with 134 inches, while John Rey Villanueva registered the best mark in the reaction test by garnering 11/10 on his left hand and 8/10 for his right hand,

Enzo Joson was the fastest in 3/4 court sprint with a clocking of 3.01 seconds.

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At least 17 rookie prospects failed to show up for various reasons, including possible top picks Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, Justine Baltazar, and Sedrick Barefield, although most of them submitted excuse letters addressed to the Commissioner's Office.

Day 2 of the Combine will have all players distributed to eight teams to be handled by PBA coaches and play in a mini tournament. The top two teams to emerge will slug it out in a winner-take-all finale.

Other applicants who stood out on Day 1 include Andrey Armenion and Orlan Wamar in agility test, both with 3.63 seconds, followed by Brylle Meca (3.64), Rence Alcoriza and Nino Ibanes - both with 3.66 seconds - and Joson (3.69).

Lalata on the other hand, was second in the longest arm span with 6-foot-7 inches
In the 3-step jump, Jeremy Arthur placed second behind Lalata with 132.5, with Arana and JM Calma sharing third with 131.5, Ato Ular (131), and Mark Dyke and John Apacible, both with 130.5.

In the reaction test, Alcoriza emerged second best along with Revino Raymundo, followed by Carlo De Chavez, Jollo Go, and Arthur. (RG)
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