Powerade didn’t wait for draft day to start rebuilding for next season’s PBA wars.
Two days before the 2011 PBA Rookie Draft, the Tigers decided to make changes by acquiring vastly-improved center Doug Kramer and incoming sophomore Josh Vanlandingham from Rain or Shine.
Kramer, a solid if undersized center, started his career with Air 21 under current Powerade coach Bo Perasol in 2008. Vanlandingham, meanwhile, was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2010 draft, but was lost in the Elasto Painters’ swingman rotation.
“Defense, scoring and age were the reasons why we agreed on the trade,” JB Baylon, the Powerade board governor and incoming league vice chairman, told InterAKTV in a text message.
In exchange, Rain or Shine received burly center JR Quinahan and veteran forward Norman Gonzales, as well as Powerade’s second round picks in 2013 and 2014.
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