7. Acquired No. 6 pick, which became Jeffrey Cariaso, from Ginebra for Bong Solomon (1995)
In the dark corners of Internet message boards where hardcore PBA fans hang out, there are still some Ginebra fans pissed off about this trade. Solomon, a former star power forward at San Sebastian, was picked second overall by Alaska in 1992, and he was a solid, if unspectacular big man in the PBA.
Ginebra took on Solomon in exchange for one of its two first-rounders in the draft. Later, it discovered that Solomon had vision problems. A pissed off Robert Jaworski, feeling that he had been sold damaged goods, swore that he would never trade with the Alaska franchise ever again.
(This strikes an interesting chord considering the recent trades involving Ginebra and Alaska.)
Alaska lucked out in the draft, after Purefoods and San Miguel selected Chris Jackson and Bryant Punzalan, respectively, ahead of Cariaso. The Milkmen happily took the Filipino-American swingman with the sixth overall pick it had acquired from Ginebra, and Cariaso responded by winning Rookie of the Year honors that season. The next year, he was a key cog in Alaska’s Grand Slam campaign.
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