‘Munzon has what it takes to be No. 1’


    FIL-AM wingman Joshua Munzon has what it takes to be the No. 1 pick overall, while energetic big man Andre Paras could soon follow the footsteps of his father, PBA great Benjie, at least of making it to the pros.

    AMA Senior High coach Mark Herrera told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday that he is convinced Munzon and Paras could be tabbed in the first round of the Draft set on March 14 and likely to be held virtually due to the health perils brought about by the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

    Herrera coached both Munzon and Paras at the Titans’ camp.

    “Para sa akin siya (Munzon) talaga ang No.1 kasi may advantage siya sa skills,” Herrera said.

    “Feeling ko nasa top 10 sila sa Draft kasi pareho silang malaki that can run and shoot outside. So, advantage sa kanila iyon,” he added.

    The No. 1 FIBA 3×3 player in the country, the 6-foot-4 Munzon won a crown in his stint with Family’s Brand Sardines-Zamboanga City in the maiden season of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 league last October and suited up in the Doha World Tour Masters last November.

    The athletic Munzon, 26, is also set to play for the country in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Graz, Austria in May.

    Munzon played for the Saigon Heat and the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the ABL in 2017 to 2018.

    He was chosen by AMA Senior High (then known as AMA Online Education) as the first pick overall in the 2019 PBA D-League Draft.

    Munzon proved to be a prolific scorer after he averaged 35.0 points, to go with 10.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists for the Titans in the D-League play two years ago.

    The 6-foot-4 Paras, older brother of University of the Philippines star forward Kobe, had short stints with the Fighting Maroons and San Beda University.

    Paras spent the last three years playing for AMA Senior High, while dabbing in show business as an actor.

    Herrera could attest that his two former wards are hardworking in both practices and games.

    “Focus sila parati sa game nila,” he said. “Kahit sa practice, sobra ang intensity nila pareho.”

    Terrafirma owns the top pick overall anew, followed by NorthPort, Blackwater, NLEX, and Rain or Shine in the top five.

    The Elite’s No. 3 selection will go to the Road Warriors as part of the complicated three-team trade that sent JP Erram from NLEX to TNT last February 2020.