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Slaughter or Sangalang? Tim Cone likes young centers, but coy about San Mig Coffee draft plans

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“You can’t teach height.”

That was how San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone characterized the upcoming PBA draft, which will feature young centers Ian Sangalang and Greg Slaughter as prospective top overall picks.

San Mig Coffee is in the mix for the No. 1 overall selection since it owns the pick originally belonging to GlobalPort, which has finished last in each of the first two conferences this season.

But when asked about the 6-foot-7 Sangalang and the 7-foot Slaughter, Cone was coy about revealing too much.

“They will both be great professionals, that’s for sure,” Cone wrote in a text message to InterAKTV.

“However, we don’t want to talk about who will we pick because there’s still a lottery to be done and we don’t want to show our hand this early.”

San Mig Coffee received the GlobalPort pick prior to the season by sending guard Josh Urbiztondo to Barako Bull. The Energy Colas acquired that pick from GlobalPort’s predecessor Powerade in a trade involving JR Quinahan.

The top overall selection will be decided in a lottery featuring the teams with the two worst records in the past season. Rain or Shine figures to be the other team in the lottery because it owns the pick originally belonging to Barako Bull, which has finished second-worst in each of the first two conferences this year.

Slaughter confirmed to InterAKTV that he is planning to join the PBA draft after his stint with the Philippine national men’s basketball team. Sangalang has long expressed his desire to turn pro, declining an invitation to join the national team’s cadet pool to explore his PBA prospects.

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