LAS VEGAS – PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., won the No. 1 pick in the first PBA League Draft Lottery Friday among the eight Franchise Players who will draft teammates for the inaugural PBA League.
The PBA League makes its debut in suburban Detroit in January. The first PBA League Draft will be held Friday at 10 a.m. PT at South Point Bowling Center and will be webcast live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.
The lottery to determine draft order involved the top eight players from 2011-12 PBA Tour points. Those eight will select four additional players (plus a supplemental player) to fill out their teams for the PBA League. As of the deadline Friday, 142 PBA members declared themselves eligible for the draft.
Based on the lottery, Duke, who finished sixth in points last season, will get the first pick next Friday. He’ll be followed, in draft order, by:
2) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. (fourth in 2011-12 points);
3) Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. (seventh in 2011-12 points);
4) Jason Belmonte, Australia (second in 2011-12 points);
5) Mike Fagan, Dallas (third in 2011-12 points);
6) Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. (first in 2011-12 points);
7) Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas (eighth in 2011-12 points);
8) Osku Palermaa, Finland (fifth in 2011-12 points).
Each team in the PBA League will be represented by a celebrity captain and a city to be named later.
Next Friday’s draft will be done in “serpentine” fashion whereby each Franchise Player will pick one player in the pre-determined order. Palermaa, who will pick eighth, also will pick ninth and the draft order will be reversed, moving back up the list. Duke, who picks first, will pick 16th and 17th, etc.
The players who have declared for the PBA League Draft includes:
Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.
Patrick Allen, Baltimore, Md.
Kevin Andes, Wichita, Kan.
Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y.
D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas
Mike Armstrong Jr., Battle Ground, Wash.
Chris Ashworth, Gallatin, Tenn.
Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla.
Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore.
Brandon Baker, Osceola, Ind.
Mike Ballard, Atoka, Tenn.
Dom Barrett, , England
Mitch Beasley, Nashville, Tenn.
Joshua Berry, Glasgow, Ky.
Bruno Bidone, France
Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio
Brandon Bivens, East Ridge, Tenn.
Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz.
Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.
Nathan Bohr, Derby, Kan.
Temple Bourgeois, Larose, La.
Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa.
Jay Boyle, Gamet Valley, Pa.
Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J.
Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan.
Tony Campagna, Hendersonville, Tenn.
Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas
Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Brett Cooper, Newburyport, Mass.
Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y.
Matthew Curtis, Waverly, Tenn.
Sean Daniels, Aloha, Ore.
Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Ben Davis, Ashland, Ky.
Mike Devaney, Hemet, Calif.
Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio
Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.
Jeffrey Edwards, Sterling Heights, Mich.
D.J. Foucher, Evans, Ga.
John Furey, Freehold, N.J.
Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif.
Patrick Girard, Canada
Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa.
Andres Gomez, Colombia
Abelardo, Gonzalez, New York, N.Y.
Kevin Gosney, Panama City Beach, Fla.
Rob Gotterbarn, Garden City South, N.Y.
Danny Gould, Palm Bay, Fla.
Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz.
David Haynes, Las Vegas
Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa
James Hessenius, Farmington, N.Y.
Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, Ohio
Christopher Homes, Rockville, Md.
Justin Howard, Rushville, Ind.
Mark Humphrey, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
J.T Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Adam James, Redmond, Wash.
Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill.
Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas
Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.
Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.
Tom Kitchen, Kearney, Mo.
Mika Koivuniemi, Finland
Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio
Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.
Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill.
Martin Larsen, Sweden
Thomas Larsen, Denmark
Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich.
Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y.
Shawn Lee, Centennial, Colo.
David Leverage, Peoria, Ariz.
Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio
Mike Machuga, Erie, Pa.
Dan MacLelland, Canada
Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas
Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa.
Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa.
Marty Martinez, Taylor, Mich.
Steven Maruffi, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Robert McBride, Plano, Texas
Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.
Gradie Merritt-Foster, Park Forest, Ill.
Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash.
Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela
Blake Mushen, Westfield, Ind.
Scott Newell, Deland, Fla.
Chad Newman, Richardson, Texas
Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio
Frederik Ohrgaard, Denmark
Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J.
Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla.
Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa.
Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif.
Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill.
Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C.
Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich.
Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio
Tim Reid, Avon Lake, Ohio
Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla.
Ildemaro, Ruiz, , Venezuela
Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.
Scott Santos, Quakertown, Pa.
B.J. Satkowski, Jackson, Mich.
Kirk Sauro, Dearborn Heights, Mich.
Timothy Sawyer, Erlanger, Ky.
Brent Schnieders, Jamestown, Mo.
Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas
Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor , Mich.
Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y.
Timothy Sheridan, Menifee, Calif.
John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill.
Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.
Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore.
Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio
Jason Sterner, Riverdale, Ga.
Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii
Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.
Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo.
John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif.
Jesse Torrey, Edgewater, Fla.
Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C.
Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill.
Eddie VanDaniker, Chatsworth, Calif.
Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C.
Cory Vanderpoel, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I.
Humberto Vazquez, Mexico
Chad Vendeville, Arlington, Texas
Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore.
Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C.
Stuart Williams, England
Mike Williams III, Montgomery, Ala.
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla.
Josh Willis, Orleans, Ind.
Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev.
Mike Wolfe, Jeffersonville, Ind.