Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) standouts Jerie Marlon “Koko” Pingoy, Jun Manzo and Mark Olayon has kept their PBA dreams alive after they received tender offers from their respective teams.
Pingoy, who used to play for the University of Cebu’s high school squad, was given a tender offer by the Phoenix Super LPG after he was selected in the fifth round while Manzo—a former stud of the University of the Visayas—also received the same after getting picked by Blackwater in the fourth round.
Olayon, a crafty left-handed forward who helped Cebu Eastern College to its lone Cesafi high school championship way back in 2010, also got a tender offer from Northport, which selected him in the second round.
Tender offers, though, are not an assurance of a spot in the lineup, as the draftees, still have to prove themselves worthy of a place in the active roster.
While the aforementioned players continue to see a glimmer of hope for their dreams of playing in the pros, 23 rookie hopefuls became unrestricted free agents after they didn't receive tender offers from the PBA teams that drafted them a few weeks ago.
Cebuano guard Joel Christian Lee Yu is part of that group after the TNT Tropang Giga did not forward a tender offer. (JNP)