Blackwater head coach Jeff Cariaso is confident the arrival of No. 2 overall pick Christian David would give the franchise the boost it needs for the coming 48th Philippine Basketball Association season.
The Bossing have already inked a deal with their latest recruit and Cariaso vowed to make the Filipino-American forward as a new cornerstone of the team.
“I really believe that he’s going to be a game-changer,” Cariaso said. “He has the pedigree, he has the experience and he came from a very good college with a great basketball program.”
“It’s really difficult to pass on him and he’s going to come in really good not just for our team, but also for the league in general.”
David is being envisioned as somebody who could turn around the team’s fortunes as he was signed to a two-year deal by the Bossing.
A 6-foot-6 former player from Butler University, David didn’t take part in the Draft Combine, but attended workouts with Blackwater and Rain or Shine.
The Bossing beat Rain or Shine to the draw when they selected the versatile player ahead at No.2.
The Elasto Painters, who owns the third and fourth picks, decided to get two big men instead in 6-foot-7 Luis Villegas and 6-foot-8 Keith Datu.
“They beat us in getting David, so we opted for the best big men in the draft, which we believe are good picks for us,” Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao said.
Meanwhile, Converge also signed up its rookie picks BJ Andrade, Patrick Maagdenberg and Kamron Vigan.
Terms of the deals were not disclosed.