PBA board to decide on future of ‘Special 5’ players in January

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WILL the five special Gilas draftees return to playing for Gilas Pilipinas or will they finally be starting their professional careers in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)?

The answer to that question will be known later this month when the PBA board convenes for its first meeting of the year.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial has said that one of the orders of business will be to determine whether the five players who were selected in the league’s special Gilas draft back in 2019 would remain on loan to the national team or finally play in the professional league.

The five players are Isaac Go, Allyn Bulanadi, Mike and Matt Nieto and former two-time Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. Most Valuable Player Rey Anthony Suerte.

Go went first in the special draft as he was selected by TerraFirma Dyip.

Suerte went second by way of Blackwater Elite, while Matt Nieto, Bulanadi and Mike Nieto were selected third, fourth and fifth by the NLEX Road Warriors, Alaska Aces, and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, respectively.

The PBA’s first board meeting could take place later this month when the complete list of applicants for the upcoming rookie draft is made available.

In line with that, the board will also tackle whether another special Gilas draft would be held to accommodate the national team’s efforts to form a formidable team in time for the Fiba World Cup in 2023. (JNP)