2023 PBA Draft: Yeng Guiao ‘very happy’ with Rain or Shine picks

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao during the PBA Draft 2023.

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao in the course of the PBA Draft 2023. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

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 total picks, the Elasto Painters wasted no time selecting College of the East’s Luis Villegas and PBA 3X3 large man Keith Datu Jr.

And Guiao was “very pleased” together 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,” stated 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’ll.”

Moreover the highest two large 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 stories, nevertheless, state that Galinato is on his technique to TNT in a commerce deal that will give Rain or Shine a future first spherical choose.


Rain or Shine first round draft pick Luis Villegas.

Rain or Shine first spherical draft choose Luis Villegas. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

That would go away 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 yr’s draft is a talent-stacked one.

He additionally tbhinks that that is the time to “strengthen a crew,” so when the out there names had 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 in case you’re a crew 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 large groups in what he described as mainly an “incubation” course of.

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

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