Wed. Sep 27th, 2023

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao through the PBA Draft 2023. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines—If the 2023 PBA Draft had a grading system, coach Yeng Guiao would give Rain or Shine excessive remarks.

For the third and fourth general picks, the Elasto Painters wasted no time choosing College of the East’s Luis Villegas and PBA 3X3 huge man Keith Datu Jr.

And Guiao was “very comfortable” along with his new wards.

“We’re very proud of these two picks. Our different picks, we’re giving them an opportunity this coming week to get into the lineup,” mentioned the veteran tactician at Market! Market! on Sunday.

“We didn’t assure something but when we discover a purpose for them to place them within the common lineup, we are going to.”

In addition to the highest two huge males on the board, Rain or Shine additionally picked up abilities in bunches within the later rounds.

They picked College of the Philippines’ Henry Galinato within the second, College of Santo Tomas’ Sherwin Concepcion within the third, School of St. Benilde’s JC Cullar within the fourth and Larry Arpia Jr. within the fifth spherical.

A number of experiences, nevertheless, state that Galinato is on his solution to TNT in a commerce deal that might give Rain or Shine a future first spherical decide.


Rain or Shine first spherical draft decide Luis Villegas. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

That would depart Concepcion, Cullar and Arpia Jr., competing for a spot in Guiao’s roster.

Getting these names was essential for Guiao, particularly since he believes this 12 months’s draft is a talent-stacked one.

He additionally tbhinks that that is the time to “strengthen a workforce,” so when the accessible names have been on the board, he snagged them with little to no hesitation.

“We predict that this draft could be very deep. The expertise stage is there so when you’re a workforce who’s trying to strengthen, that is the time.”

After all, Guiao hopes that his picks gained’t be taken away from him by the massive groups in what he described as mainly an “incubation” course of.

“The issue is in a single or two years, the gamers who have been drafted at the moment could find yourself going to the stronger groups. It’s as if [teams that drafted them] merely took them in for incubation,” mentioned the outspoken Elasto Painters mentor in Filipino.

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