|NLEX nets Slaughter and Salva|
With most of its personnel joining the coming PBA Annual Draft, NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez believes it is necessary for the team to undergo facelift sooner than later..
To be exact, Fernandez officially started the rebuilding process on Thursday by signing up two Ateneo blue chips – center Greg Slaughter and small forward Niko Salva.
The acquisition of the 6-foot-9 Slaughter and 6-foot-4 Salva effectively cushions the impact of the impending loss of rebound monster Clifford Hodge and Calvin Abueva, both potential first round picks in the Aug.19 rookie draft.
Other NLEX players who hope to make it in the big league are Chris Ellis, Eman Monfort, Dave Marcelo, Woody Co, Jaypee Belencion, Karl Dehesa and Erik Suguitan.
“The inclusion of Greg and Niko in the team fortify our rotation at the 4 and 5 positions,” said Fernandez.
The Road Warriors have won all three championships of the PBA Developmental League and the presence of the two Ateneo stalwarts bolster their drive for a fourth straight title.
In the meantime, Fernandez said, Slaughter and Salva will be playing full time for the Blue Eagles, who are aiming for a fifth straight UAAP championship.
The 2012-13 PBA D-League season begins in October. (Dave Coros)
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