CEBUANO forward Leonard “Santi” Santillan has officially made himself available for the 2021 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Draft after submitting his application on Friday, January 8, 2021.
A native of Lapu-Lapu City, the versatile 6-foot-6 forward is expected to get serious consideration in the first round after making a name for himself in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), the PBA D-League and the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 circuit, where he was the sixth-ranked 3x3 player in the Philippines.
The product of the University of the Visayas has also represented the country in numerous 3x3 tilts.
Another standout who also submitted his application on Friday was Santillan’s teammate Alvin Pasaol. The scoring dynamo from Davao adds more depth to what is already considered one of the deepest draft pools the league has seen in recent years.
A 6-foot-4 forward from the University of the East who at one time scored 49 points in the UAAP back in 2017, Pasaol has since suited up for Petron-Letran and Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League before joining the 3x3 circuit where he’s ranked No. 2 nationally.
Also joining the March 14 draft are Frank Johnson, Tyrus Hill and Troy Rike.
Johnson is a shifty 6-foot-2 slasher who played for AMA, Marinerong Pilipino and Gamboa Coffee Mix in the PBA D-League, while Hill is a 6-foot 5 forward who saw action for Adamson and La Salle.
Rike is a 6-foot-8 former Gilas cadet from Wake Forrest who had a short stint with National University before joining the 3x3 circuit.
So far, 27 aspirants have signified their intention for this year’s talent-rich Draft.
The PBA Commissioner’s Office has set a January 27 deadline for the submission of application and requirements for both Fil-foreign and local players. (JNP)