PBA Draft: Tautuaa, Rosario top two picks; E-Painters select Ahanmisi with third pick

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The PBA Draft made a surprise turn when Rain or Shine tabbed Maverick Ahanmisi with the third overall pick

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — As expected, Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario were picked first and second overall, respectively, in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Draft at the Robinson's Place in Manila on Sunday (August 23).

Tautuaa will suit up for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, while Rosario will join head coach Manny Pacquiao at Mahindra Enforcers (KIA Carnival).

Both players, however, were not present during the draft due to their national team duties.

But the draft made a surprise turn when Rain or Shine Elasto Painters tabbed Fil-Am Maverick Ahanmisi with the third pick.

"I was surprised," admitted Ahanmisi.

Athletic swingman from Ateneo de Manila University Chris Newsome was selected fourth overall pick.

Reigning National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) MVP Scottie Thompson received the loudest cheers as he was drafted by Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Completing the first round were Garvo Lanete (NLEX Road Warriors), Baser Amer (Meralco Bolts), Norbert Torres (Star Hotshots), Art dela Cruz (Blackwater Elite), Glenn Khobuntin (NLEX), Kevin Racal (Alaska Aces), and Josan Nimes (Rain or Shine).

Selected in the second round were: Almond Vosotros (Blackwater), Bradwyn Guinto (Mahindra), Don Trollano (Rain or Shine), Aljon Mariano (Ginebra), Simon Enciso (Rain or Shine), Marion Magat (Alaska), Kris Rosales (Barako Bull), Jaypee Mendoza (Alaska), Michael Miranda (Barako Bull), and Abel Galliguez (Alaska).