As expected, the Powerade Tigers made SMART Gilas guard JVee Casio the first pick of the 2011 PBA draft. Three picks later, they paired him with a familiar wingman with Marcio Lassiter at fourth overall.
Paul Lee went to the Rain or Shine Elastopainters at No. 2. Petron Blaze pulled off a big trade that not only netted them thee third pick, which they used on Chris Lutz, but also brought back Dondon Hontiveros to the franchise.
The Boosters traded Mick Pennisi and Sunday Salvacion to the former Air21 franchise, now known as Barako Bull, along with future picks in exchange for Hontiveros, Carlo Sharma and the right to exchange first round picks.
Barako Bull used the Petron pick to select Allein Maliksi at No. 8 in one of the few surprises of the first round.
SMART-Gilas mainstays Mark Barroca went to new franchise Shopinas, Mac Baracael to Alaska, Jason Ballesteros to Meralco in consecutive picks while Dylan Ababou went 10th to Barako Bull. Reil Cervantes was the other first-rounder, heading over to Barangay Ginebra at number 9.
2011 PBA Draft Order
1. JVee Casio, Powerade
2. Paul Lee, Rain or Shine
3. Chris Lutz, Petron Blaze
4. Marcio Lassiter, Powerade
5. Mark Barroca, Shopinas
6. Mac Baracael, Alaska
7. Jason Ballesteros, Meralco
8. Allein Maliksi, Barako Bull
9. Reil Cervantes, Barangay Ginebra
10. Dylan Ababou, Barako Bull
1. Magi Sison, Shopinas
2. Pamboy Raymundo, Talk ‘N Text
3. Eric Salamat, Alaska
4. Julius Pasculado, Alaska
5. Ariel Mepana, Alaska
6. Brian Ilad, B-MEG
7. Gilbert Bulawan, Meralco
8. James Martinez, Barangay Ginebra
9. Ken Acibar, Barako Bull
10. Paul John Sorongon, Barako Bull
11. John Marc Agustin, Powerade
1. Mark Cagoco, Shopinas
2.Filemon Fernandez, Petron Blaze
(All other teams passed)
1. Gerald Lapuz, Petron Blaze
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