The dream of playing in the big leagues. That’s what around 80 of the country’s top raw talents were hanging on to as they sprinted up and down the court, jumped as high as they could, and battled with the best at the 2014 PBA Draft Combine.

“All of these players are looking to make it to the next level of basketball, the pinnacle of Philippine basketball, which is the PBA,” said Tony Atayde, marketing manager at Gatorade Philippines.

Gatorade, along with Focus Athletics, set up the two-day Draft Combine at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong to test the prospects’ agility, speed, and leaping ability through biometrics and skills tests, and a five-on-five scrimmage.

“We want to be able to create an event and a venue for these players to showcase their skills,” said Atayde.

Who among the PBA hopefuls stood out? Keep following BuhayBasket to find out.

About the author

Enzo Marcos

Enzo Marcos is a commercial director. He tried—in vain—to name his son Aragorn. He was a Laker fan even before he could fully understand the game of basketball. He thinks that Back to the Future is the pinnacle of modern cinema. Film, music and basketball take up most of his time. He is as good at basketball as Kobe Bryant is at rapping.

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