Sun.Star Cebu

7 Cesafi players picked in 2022 PBA Draft

- JONAS N. PANERIO / Correspond­ent

A TOTAL of seven products of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) had their names called by different teams in the 2022 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita.

Former University of the Visayas forward Rhaffy Octobre was the first to be called as he was picked fifth in the third round by the Rain or Shine E-Painters. A lanky versatile forward, Octobre has played for numerous teams in the VisMin Cup and the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League since he departed UV.

Also selected in the third round was another former UV ace in Orlan Wamar, who Magnolia picked with the 12th pick. He now joins a veteran backcourt that features the likes of Mark Barroca, Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon.

Meanwhile, three more Cesafi products were picked in the fourth round with former University of Southern Philippine­s Foundation Panther wingman Lyndon Colina getting selected by San Miguel with the ninth pick. Selected 10th by Meralco was former University of Cebu high school standout Andrey Armenion while Magnolia tapped former Cesafi slam dunk king Garexx Puerto with the 12th pick.

The sixth round saw Terrafirma select bruising forward Red Cachuela, formerly of Southweste­rn University-Phinma, while Phoenix picked Nichole Ubalde, who used to play for the University of San Jose-Recoletos.

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