Marinero wins big with Malonzo in PBA D-League draft
MANILA, Philippines – Marinerong Pilipino struck gold in the 2020 PBA D-League Draft after picking the high-flying Jamie Malonzo on Monday, January 20, at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon City.
Malonzo was projected to be the top draft pick, but he slid to Marinerong Pilipino at No. 2 as AMA Online Education changed its earlier plans and nabbed homegrown playmaker Reed Baclig at No. 1.
The 6-foot-6 Malonzo graduated from Portland State in the United States before taking his act to the UAAP for a one-and-done season with La Salle, which saw him make the Mythical Team in Season 82.
Marinero was the clear winner of the draft after coach Yong Garcia chose standouts like Joshua Torralba and Jollo Go of La Salle, James Spencer of UP, Darrell Menina of University of Cebu, and Miguel Gastador of University of San Jose-Recoletos.
Karate Kid-CEU picked Gilas pool member Jaydee Tungcab as No. 3 overall pick as it entered a new era under coach Jeff Napa.
Aside from Tungcab, also joining the Scorpions are John Apacible of UE, Jboy Gob and David Murrell of UP, and Jerie Pingoy of Adamson.
Meanwhile, Wangs-Letran took its school-based players with its picks in the first 4 rounds.
A total of 41 draftees were selected from the 137-strong pool which lasted until the 20th round.
Eleven of the 12 participants in the upcoming 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup are school-based teams, with the tourney set to tip off on February 13.
Here is the draft order:
- AMA - Reed Baclig
- Marinero - Jamie Malonzo
- Karate Kid-CEU - Jaydee Tungcab
- Wangs-Letran - Sham Banez
- AMA - Joshua Villamor
- Marinero - Joshua Torralba
- Karate Kid-CEU - John Apacible
- Wangs-Letran - Kenny Rogers Rocacurva
- AMA - Christian Germino
- Marinero - Jollo Go
- Karate Kid-CEU - Jboy Gob
- Wangs-Letran - Kobe Monje
- AMA - Christian Camay
- Marinero - James Spencer
- Karate Kid-CEU - David Murrell
- Wangs-Letran - Pao Javillonar
- AMA - John Cris Yambao
- Marinero - Judel Fuentes
- Karate Kid-CEU - Jamil Bulawan
- Wangs-Letran - Jayson Bondoc
- AMA - Earl Bryan Ceniza
- Marinero - Darrell Menina
- Karate Kid-CEU - Dariel Bayla
- Wangs-Letran - PASS
- AMA - Allen Jade Rodriguez
- Marinero - Yves Sazon
- Karate Kid-CEU - Joseph Pineda
- AMA - Zheanriz Romero
- Marinero - Miguel Gastador
- Karate Kid-CEU - Daryl Pascual
- AMA - Joshua Ivan Seda
- Marinero - Marcus Jerome Ejercito
- Karate Kid-CEU - Ivan Jose
- AMA - Eduardo Kapunan
- Marinero - Rendell Senining
- Karate Kid-CEU - Jerie Pingoy
- AMA - Cymond Santos
- Marinero - PASS
- Karate Kid-CEU - PASS
- AMA - Kobe Cruz
- AMA - Richel Angelo Cabaluna
- AMA - Alec Catorce
- AMA - Lorenzo Kyle Orbeta
- AMA - Michael Rio-Simmonds
- AMA - Luis Antonio Abaca
- AMA - Waldrich Siy
- AMA - Xavier Albances
- AMA - Jeferson Arceo