STILL in search of its first franchise semifinals berth, AMA Online Education is set to get a significant boost to its roster as it owns the top pick in the 2016 PBA D-League Draft on Dec. 20 at PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig.
And coach Mark Herrera wasted no time making his intentions clear on who he will get first in the 128-man pool.
“We’re sure that Jeron Teng be our first pick," he said.
The La Salle winger helped the Green Archers snare the UAAP Season 79 crown and was even named as the Finals MVP.
If Teng indeed goes to the Titans, he will form a formidable duo with double-double machine Jay-R Taganas to lead the squad this season.
Tanduay, the Foundation Cup bridesmaid, will be picking second, followed by Racal at third, Aspirants' Cup runner-up Cafe France at four, and Wangs Basketball at five.
Newcomers Cignal, Jose Rizal University, Manuel L. Quezon University, and Province of Batangas will all be in a lottery on draft day to decide their placing in the draft order.
As a guest team, Blustar Malaysia will be ineligible to select in the draft proceedings.
There are 113 local and 15 Fil-foreigners eligible to be selected in the draft.
The 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup opens on January 19 next year.