National player Japeth Aguilar tops all PBA rookies when he was drafted by the Burger King Whoppers yesterday at the Market!Market! at Taguig.

Aguilar is an excellent post player who played for Ateneo and WKU throughout his college career. He was also known for his partnership days with Michael Galinato at Mapua High.

More than a thousand people graced the 2009 PBA Annual Draft with an opening number by EB Babes of Eat Bulaga! fame and a rendition of the National Anthem led by singer/actor Makisig Morales.

On the other hand, Commissioner Renauld Barrios made a fruitful welcome remarks wherein he advised the players to be humble and be very approachable to fans. He even paid tribute to former RP pres. Cory Aquino by giving her a big round of applause. And so as the draft started, here’s the complete list of rookies who are drafted (in order):

1. AGUILAR, Japeth (Ateneo/WKC, Burger King)
2. Pick originally by Shell, but already disbanded
3. MAIREHOFER, Rico (La Salle, Purefoods)
4. ROSS, Chris (Marshall, Burger King, traded to Coke for Ronjay Buenafe)
5. CRUZ, Jervy (UST, Rain or Shine)
6. BURCHER, Michael (Alaska)
7. MENOR, Rogemar (San Beda, Barako Bull)
8. TIMBERLAKE, Chris (Brgy. Ginebra)
9. MATIAS, Ronnie (Univ. of Manila, Burger King)
10. SENA, James Ryan (JRU, San Miguel Beer)

1. BENITEZ, Mark (La Salle, Sta. Lucia Realty)
12. FERNANDEZ, Benedict (FEU, Barako Bull)
13. ASORO, Edwin (NU, Barako Bull)
14. ALLERA, Franciz (UST, Coca-Cola, pick originally by Burger King)
15. ARELLANO, Marcy (UE, Rain or Shine)
16. CO, Sean (Mapua, Alaska Milk)
17. WALTERS, Lamont (Sta. Lucia)
18. DAROYA, Orlando (Arellano U, Brgy. Ginebra)
19. WHYTE, Kevin (Talk ‘n Text)

20. WALSHAM, PJ (DLSU, Coca-Cola)

NOTE: PBA season will start on Oct. 14.

  1. san bang team si kelvin dela pena

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