No more than 215 hopefuls have applied for the 2015 PBA D-League Draft, with a couple of Fil-foreigners and collegiate players trying to strut their wares in the league and possibly get a shot at the PBA.
The draft for the D-League, where PBA aspirants are required to play one full season before being eligible in the pros, is scheduled on December 1, 2 p.m., at the PBA Café in Ortigas, Pasig City.
“Wow. This is a huge pool. Certainly, this is an encouraging development for the league and basketball in general,” said PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa.
MANILA, Philippines – Fil-Am point guard Michael Williams is applying to join the PBA D-League draft on Nov. 19 and could be a consensus first round pick based on his stats with the California State at Fullerton varsity and the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA D-League.
Williams’ agent, lawyer Jason Aniel of San Francisco, said he’s rushing the paperwork from the Bureau of Immigration and Department of Justice to formalize his application. He submitted a letter to PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa yesterday requesting an extension of the Oct. 30 deadline to deliver the citizenship documents but promised to get the papers ready before the draft.
“We’re ready to turn in the documents for the Bureau of Immigration certification and the Department of Justice confirmation,” said Aniel. “We’ve been told the papers are complete but it may take a few more days for the BI and DOJ to go over the documents. The ultimate goal is for Michael to apply for the PBA draft but we understand the requirement of playing in the D-League beforehand. If we miss the D-League draft, we’ll have to wait another year before we can apply again.”
Are Hapee days in the PBA Developmental League over?
The answer, apparently, is a yes.
Fresh Fighters team manager Bernard Yang told INQUIRER.net on Friday that the Dr. Cecilio Pedro-owned squad would not be returning to the PBA D-League for its 2016 season.
TOKYO – The Philippine Basketball Association is expanding its Developmental League or D-League to cover Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and is putting up a separate women’s league as part of the pro league’s extensive long-term program.
In their continuing planning session at Tokyo Hilton here, the PBA board of governors has also agreed to embark on a sports academy three to five years from now and start a retired players welfare fund which is different from the players trust fund that is solely for education.
Deferred is the decision on the PBA membership application of the Lamoiyan Corp. (Hapee Toothpaste) and Racal Motors.
The kickoff of the next PBA D-League season has been pushed to January next year as the developmental tournament adjusted its schedule to the new UAAP calendar.
Since its inaugurals four years ago, the D-League got going just right after the end of collegiate basketball action in late October.
But with most universities shifting their academic calendar, the UAAP decided to move the season opener from July to September starting this year.
Scorching heat engulfed the metro, and the competition was just as inside the Ynares Sports Arena, the crowd was swelling.
The atmosphere was comparable to that of a championship game. It was, after all, a match up that would eventually be the championship duel of the Aspirants’ Cup. But for today, it’ was just an elimination round meeting between Cagayan Valley and the powerhouse Hapee.
For pint-sized guard Abel Galliguez, with the game on the line, he knew this was his shining moment.
If there were players who should be the most thankful for CafeFrance’s PBA D-League title conquest, it should be the CEU Scorpions coach Egay Macaraya took under his wing.
The school-based squad’s Foundation Cup win gave players like Mon Abundo, Joseph Sedurifa, and Samboy de Leon a chance to show the public their wares.
Staples in the Scorpions’ NAASCU title reigns, the trio are still unknown commodities to the mainstream basketball fans. However, they believe that their PBA D-League stint gave them enough exposure to at least crack the scouting report of the PBA teams come draft day.