PBA lowers age limit for draft hopefuls to 21
PBA hopefuls as young as 21 years old can now apply for the 2013 draft, which will be bannered by D-League standouts Nico Salva, Greg Slaughter and Ian Sangalang, provided the player has reached the new age limit by the time the 2014 season opens in late November. Jerome Ascano

A YOUNGER breed of rookie hopefuls is expected in the PBA draft this November.

The league will now be accepting applicants as young as 21 years old for the November 3 event provided the player has reached the new age limit by the time the 2014 season of Asia’s pioneering pro league opens in late November.

In previous years, college undergraduates must be at least 23 years old by Draft Day to be eligible.

If a rookie hopeful is younger than 21 by November 17, he must have already completed a four-year college course to be eligible for inclusion in the final draft pool.

The new eligibility requirements were approved by the PBA Board of Governors last March.

The rookie grab bag this year will not be wanting in talent. Among those expected to make the big jump are some of the best big men in college and the PBA D-League like seven-footer Greg Slaughter, PBA D-League and NCAA MVP Ian Sangalang, and Ateneo frontliners Nico Salva and Justin Chua.

Likewise set to join the draft are talented wingmen and guards including RR Garcia, Ronald Pascual, Carlo Lastimosa, and Jett Vidal.

Two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks is said to be weighing his options on whether to turn pro this year or next year.

Last year, Petron tabbed big man June Mar Fajardo with the No. 1 overall pick.

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