Equal chance in draft

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PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says the league still plans to stage a draft combine to give the aspiring rookies a chance to showcase their skills although this would be held under rigid health protocols.

Marcial said they still must get clearance from pertinent government agencies to make sure the draft combine is as safe as possible, especially with the rise of Covid-19 cases in the country.

He added that the league would not have any scrimmages but would still have the various strength and agility tests.

Marcial relayed that they are planning to have the tests done in groups of 10. Before the draft aspirants can join the combine, they must also be tested.

Apart from getting clearance from the Games and Amusements Board, the league must also get the approval from the local government where the combine would be staged.

A league record 97 players have submitted their applications for the upcoming draft, which would be held on March 14. However, that number is expected to dwindle after the league is finished with the screening process.

Aside from the regular draft, a special Gilas draft would also be staged. (JNP)