Jul 10, 2024

Nonoy, Ramirez among top performers in Day 1 of Draft Combine

ONE of the smallest guys on the floor stood tall on Day 1 of the PBA Draft Combine.

Spitfire guard Mark Nonoy emerged as among the top performers in the two-day, pre-draft proceedings at the Ynare Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Iloilo native, who was officially measured at 5-foot-9, were a standout in two skills test categories, namely the 3/4 sprint test and the running vertical jump.

Nonoy, a former University of Santo Tomas stalwart who went on and win a UAAP men's basketball championship with La Salle during his senior year last season, topped the sprint test with a clocking of 2.862 seconds.

He also did the same in the running vertical jump by registering 53 inches.

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Meanwhile, a pair of wingmen and a hulking center also did well for a share of the spotlight with Nonoy during the event co-presented by Arena Plus and Daily Fantasy.

Brandon Ramirez, the -6-foot-4 former PBA 3x3 player, was the fastest in the reaction test with 358 milliseconds, while 6-foot-2 MJ Malonzo of National University and La Salle's DJ Mitchell stood out in the standing vertical jump and lane agility test, respectively.

Malonzo clocked 11.49 seconds and Mitchell jumped to a height of 43 inches.

Of the 62 applicants who showed up for the first of the two-day event, prospective top pick Justin Baltazar emerged as the tallest with a measured height of 6-foot-6 7/5 inches followed by Kai Ballungay at 6-foot-6 2/5 inches, while the player with the longest wing span of 81.5 was Ronan Mendoza Santos. (RG)