Players who are looking to make the jump to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will not have to wait too long as the Rookie Draft has been tentatively scheduled for January 2021.
According to league commissioner Willie Marcial, the draft will immediately follow the conclusion of the restart of the 2020 Philippine Cup, which is slated to end on December 18.
He added that the league’s Board of Governors is thinking of relaxing some requirements given the effect of COVID-19 on the league’s developmental league, D-League. Marcial recently announced that the 2020 season of the D-League has been cancelled.
Current rules state that players under 28 years old must first see action in the D-League with local players needing to play in at least seven games while Fil-foreign prospects must see action in 14 games spanning the league’s two conferences.
Marcial mentioned that they are considering scrapping that requirement for the next draft. However, all other eligibility requirements remain as is.
The next draft is slated to have some potential game-changers in Fil-American players Jason Brickman, Jamie Malonzo and the country’s top 3x3 player, Joshua Munzon.
Last year’s PBA draft had a special Gilas draft that saw former University of the Visayas Green Lancers star Rey Anthony Suerte get selected to compose the cadet pool.
Roosevelt Adams was selected first overall in the regular draft by the Dyip. (JNP)