Petron Blaze just got a little bigger after the Boosters selected 6-10 center June Mar Fajardo with the first overall pick of the 2012 PBA Draft. The selection of Fajardo, who played for the San Miguel Beermen in the ASEAN Basketball League last season, was no surprise as San Miguel Corporation executives had confirmed him going number one earlier in the week.
NCAA MVP Calvin Abueva went to Alaska with the second pick while Petron, who also owned the third pick of the draft, selected Alex Mallari. Meralco chose Clifford Hodge fourth while Aldrech Ramos was a surprise pick for Barako Bull at 5th overall.
Ginebra drafted Chris Ellis and Keith Jensen at the sixth and eighth spots. Rain or Shine, at seventh, selected former SMART-Gilas stalwart Chris Tiu.
GlobalPort, which acquired the ninth pick from B-MEG, picked Vic Manuel and Jason Deutchmann to close the first round.
1. Petron Blaze – June Mar Fajardo
2. Alaska – Calvin Abueva
3. Petron Blaze – Alex Mallari
4. Meralco – Cliff Hodge
5. Barako Bull – Aldrech Ramos
6. Ginebra – Chris Ellis
7. Rain or Shine – Chris Tiu
8. Ginebra – Keith Jensen
9. GlobalPort (from B-MEG) – Vic Manuel
10. GlobalPort – Jason Deutchmann
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