PBA Now Accepts Fil-Am Draft Bets

On: 19 June 2009

2008 PBA Draft Updates

THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) formulated a fix itinerary for this year’s Rookie Draft, assuring hassle-free procedures leading up to the annual proceedings in August.

Fil-foreign players eyeing to enter the Draft are required to submit their applications and necessary papers until July 8. Three days later (July 11) marks the last time the preliminary list of prospective foreign-bred draftees will be issued and submitted to member teams.

The contestability period on the legitimacy of the Fil-foreign applicants runs for about a month, from July 12 to August 11.

“We’re doing this to make it easier for prospective rookie players and for the teams themselves. At the same time, we want everything to got smoothly when the league holds its annual Rookie Draft on August 31,” said PBA commissioner Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios.

On August 12, it’s the local players’ turn to tender their respective application and requirements, followed by the final day of deciding the contestability of Fil-foreign applicants on August 13.

On the 15th, the league issues the final list of rookie candidates for the PBA Draft.

For three days (August 21-23), all prospective applicants take part in the expanded Rookie Camp just a week prior to D-day.

Among the possible rookie prospects for this year are highly-touted Fil-Ams Gabe Norwood and Solomon Mercado, reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player (MVP) Jervy Cruz, guard TY Tang, the Ateneo duo of Ford Arao and Chris Tiu, UE big man Mark Borboran and Harbour Centre’s Beau Belga.

Last year Welcoat Paints used the no. 1 overall selection on Toyota Otis center Joe Devance.

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