By JONAS TERRADO
Mike Nieto turned the primary participant from the particular Gilas Pilipinas spherical of the 2019 draft to formally signal with a PBA staff after agreeing to a two-year cope with Rain or Shine.
Rain or Shine introduced the signing of the previous Ateneo mainstay Friday, Feb. 4, days after being launched from the Gilas pool by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
A photograph additionally confirmed Nieto being joined by his agent PJ Pilares, Rain or Shine staff governor Mamerto Mondragon, head of basketball operations Caloy Garcia and assistant staff supervisor Jireh Ibanes.
“Trying ahead to the vitality you deliver in-game, and even in observe,” Rain or Shine stated on its Instagram web page.
Nieto was the fifth and final participant chosen within the Gilas spherical, which was held beneath the situation that they are going to be loaned to the Gilas program to solely give attention to FIBA competitions earlier than being launched to the PBA groups.
He made simply 5 appearances for Gilas throughout the second and third home windows of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in Bahrain and Pampanga and the Olympic Qualifying Match in Belgrade, Serbia.
The 6-foot-2 cager averaged 4.7 factors, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists throughout the continental qualifiers earlier than showing in all two video games of the OQT towards host Serbia and Dominican Republic, producing 3.0 factors and 1.5 rebounds.
The Elasto Painters picked up Nieto following the departure of sophomore guard Adrian Wong, who’s now with the Magnolia Pambansang Manok Hotshots.