2009 PBA draft

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2009 PBA draft
General information
Date(s)August 2, 2009
Time4:00 pm (PHT)
LocationMarket! Market!
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Network(s)Solar TV
LeaguePhilippine Basketball Association
First selectionJapeth Aguilar, Burger King Whoppers
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The 2009 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) rookie draft was an event at which teams drafted players from the amateur ranks. The event was held at Market! Market! in Taguig City on August 2, 2009. The Burger King Whoppers selected Japeth Aguilar of the Ateneo de Manila University and Western Kentucky University as the number one draft pick. Players applied for the draft had undergone a three-day rookie camp. This is the only draft wherein a draft pick held by a defunct franchise was not retained by a new team which purchased that franchise (the second overall pick originally held by Shell was not inherited by Rain or Shine).

Japeth Aguilar controversy[edit]

As expected, the Burger King Whoppers nabbed Japeth Aguilar as its overall No.1 draft pick in the 2009 PBA draft; however days after the draft, he boldly declare that he would join the Smart Gilas Pilipinas developmental basketball program coached by Serbian Rajko Toroman, a move which caused controversy within the PBA and angst especially by the team that drafted him. Its governor, Lito Alvarez, even went to the extent of banning Aguilar from the league for his refusal to sign with the Whoppers.[1]

An amicable settlement was reached on October 9, 2009, two days before the 35th PBA season. With SBP prexy Manny Pangilinan and executive director Noli Eala intervening and at Alvarez's behest, Aguilar signed the one-year contract with the Whoppers, which included him playing for a few games with them then he would be traded to Talk N Text Tropang Texters (Pangilinan's PBA team) which would then release him to Smart Gilas as he wanted.[2] Alvarez even said that before Aguilar signed their contract, the former already has had the latter's No.18 uniform with the Whoppers made.

Aguilar played his only professional game with the Whoppers against the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants in the PBA season opener, which ended in a 93-80 loss to the Giants.[3] Immediately after, Aguilar got his wish as the Whoppers traded him to the Tropang Texters in exchange for future draft picks, indirectly through Barako Bull Energy Boosters which acted as the conduit team.[4] As expected, TNT loaned him to Smart Gilas where he will stay there until after the 2012 London Olympics as per his Gilas contract.

As the consequence of this controversy, the board of governors approved stiffer penalties for rookie draftees who would turn their back on the league.[5]

Round 1[edit]

Pick Player Country of origin* PBA team College
1 Japeth Aguilar#  Philippines Burger King Whoppers (from Barako Bull) WKU
none [the second overall draft pick was owned by the defunct Shell Turbo Chargers (from Coca-Cola)]
2 Rico Maierhofer#  Philippines Purefoods TJ Giants De La Salle
3 Chris Ross#  United States Burger King Whoppers Marshall
4 Jervy Cruz  Philippines Rain or Shine Elasto Painters UST
5 Mike Burtscher   Switzerland Alaska Aces San Beda
6 Rogemar Menor  Philippines Burger King Whoppers (from Barako Bull) San Beda
7 Chris Timberlake  United States Barangay Ginebra Kings (traded to Purefoods) North Florida
8 Ronnie Matias  Philippines Burger King Whoppers UM
9 James Sena  Philippines San Miguel Beermen JRU

Round 2[edit]

Pick Player Country of origin* PBA team College
1 Mark Lester Benitez  Philippines Sta. Lucia Realtors (from Coca-Cola) De La Salle
2 Benedict Fernandez  Philippines Barako Bull Energy Boosters FEU
3 Edwin Asoro  Philippines Barako Bull Energy Boosters (from Purefoods) NU
4 Francis Allera  Philippines Burger King Whoppers (traded to Coca-Cola) UST
5 Marcy Arellano  Philippines Rain or Shine Elasto Painters UE
6 Sean Co  Philippines Alaska Aces (from Rain or Shine) Mapua
7 Charles Waters  United States Sta. Lucia Realtors
8 Orlando Daroya  Philippines Barangay Ginebra Kings (traded to Burger King) Arellano
9 Kevin White  United States Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters West Hills
10 PJ Walsham  Philippines Burger King Whoppers (from San Miguel, traded to Coca-Cola) De La Salle

Undrafted players[edit]


*All aspirants are Filipinos until proven otherwise.


  1. ^ Aguilar faces ‘life-time’ ban in PBA
  2. ^ "Aguilar decides to join Burger King". Archived from the original on 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  3. ^ Purefoods rout Burger King
  4. ^ Burger King to trade Aguilar
  5. ^ PBA sets hefty P10M fine for future walkouts, GMANews.tv

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2008 PBA draft
PBA draft
Succeeded by
2010 PBA draft