'Shallow' PBA rookie pool becomes leaner as Robert Bolick, Ray Parks skip draft
Robert Bolick has decided to skip the Oct. 29 PBA rookie draft. Jaime Campos

SAN Beda star Robert Bolick and two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks are among the marquee names who won't be part of the coming PBA rookie draft pool.

Bolick or his representative didn’t show up at the league office on Thursday at the deadline for the filing of draft applications, keeping him out of a top-heavy rookie class numbering 44 aspirants.

For his part, Parks had long declared he won't be taking his act to the PBA just yet as he’s focused on playing for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) and the Gilas Pilipinas team.

Initially, Bolick’s name was among those mentioned as top prospects for this year’s draft, attacting plenty of interest from teams in the middle order of the first-round selections.

By skipping the draft, Bolick will likely play out his final year of playing eligibility with the Mendiola-based school after this season following his transfer from La Salle.

Without Bolick and Parks, the next PBA draft class still contains a lot of marquee names but likely won't keep teams busy during the Oct. 29 drafting beyond the first round.

Gilas stalwarts Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena are the consensus Top Two selections at the Robinsons Place in Ermita, Manila, where KIA Picanto will be picking first overall.

Other prominent names in the pool are Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose, and Jett Manuel. Bolick’s Cignal teammates Jason Perkins, Davon Potts, and Andreas Cahilig are also entered, along with fellow Fil-foreign players Felix Apreku, Julian Sargent, Robert Herndon, and Zachary Nicholls.

Among the noted homegrown players on the list include Ray Nambatac, Thomas Torres, Mark Jayven Tallo, Arvie Bringas, and Monbert Arong.

Other rookie hopefuls are Jian Lloyd Abrigo, Wilson Baltazar, Jebb Bulawan, Elmer Cabahug, Gwynee Capacio, John Karlo Casino, Gabriel Dagangon, Christian de Chavez, Jeremiah dela Pena, Ebrahim Enguio, Lervin Flores, Joseph Gabayni, JonJon Gabriel, Christian Geronimo, Jayson Grimaldo, John Ervin Gorospe, Michael Vincent Juico, Joseph Nalos, Clyde Drexler Neypes, Sidney Onwubere, Jerome Ortega, Emil Palma, Roldan Sara, Jomari Sollano, and John Rey Sumido.

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