CHRIS Banchero confirmed about plans of moving over to the D-League in order for him to be eligible to enter the PBA Draft next year.
Banchero said suiting up in the fledgling league is definitely a must for him as he acknowledges he is ineligible to make himself available for this year’s Draft.
“I can’t apply for the Draft yet. I got to play in the D-League so I’m planning to play (in the D-League) this coming year,” said the 24-year-old Banchero.
The San Miguel guard is covered by the PBA rule requiring Fil-foreigners aged 25 and below to play at least two conferences in the D-League or play in the national team to be eligible for the Draft.
Blackwater Sports, the newly-crowned Foundation Cup champion, expressed strong interest in acquiring the highly-touted Fil-Italian as several of the team’s few key players are expected to turn pro next season.
But Banchero said he still has no idea where to play.
“I have no idea. We will find out when the time comes,” he stressed.
Banchero is looking forward of suiting up in Asia’s pioneering pro league in the future and play against the best Filipino talent in the country.
“I can’t wait to play in the PBA. I love the ABL and representing the Philippines. But the PBA is the place to be. I can’t wait to be there,” said Banchero.
Banchero was named Finals MVP following San Miguel’s sweep of deposed champion Indonesia in the best-of-five Finals of the ABL this week.
Shortly after winning the championship, Banchero said he plans to take a break, visit his family, and continue on working his game in the offseason.
“I haven’t seen (my family) in a year so I will take a little time off and spend some quality time with them. I will also try to get better, become a good player,” said Banchero.
The Finals MVP plum came after he lost the regular season MVP to teammate Asi Taulava as Banchero got sidelined with an injury late in the regular season.
Banchero said he had no regrets missing out on the MVP award and was happy Taulava won it.
“The Finals MVP is a blessing but the only thing in my mind is the championship. The MVPs, they are great, but everybody remembers the championship. I’m happy for Asi, my kuya, to win it,” said Banchero.