DAVON Potts has been given the green light by San Beda to play in the PBA D-League in the coming conference in order to fulfill the requirements of players wishing to join the PBA Rookie Draft.
San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez the school isn't fielding a team in the Foundation Cup but gave Potts a special pass to play in the tournament which tips off on May 25.
However, Potts will only play for a new team for a maximum of seven games as NCAA rules state that players are barred from suiting up in other leagues once the league’s eligibility meeting is held.
An NCAA official said the league’s eligibility meeting is set on June 28 to 29.
It is that same ruling that has kept Cignal-San Beda from competing in the D-League as a school-based team - a status that allowed the Red Lions to bring in their core in the last tournament.
“Davon is now a free agent. San Beda is not allowing its players to play in this second conference of the D-League because of the NCAA ruling that bars all players from playing in any league once the NCAA eligibility meeting is held,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez said San Beda’s decision to allow Potts stemmed from his desire to join the PBA draft in 2017. PBA rules requires players to see action in at least two conferences at a minimum of seven games each in order to be eligible for the draft.
“Davon was the only player allowed by San Beda to play in the PBA D-League because he wants to join the PBA draft this year… He played last conference, so he only needs to play this conference for seven games to qualify,” said Fernandez.
There is, however, a catch to those teams interested in signing Potts.
The team that signs Potts must succeed in convincing the D-League to schedule its first seven games before the NCAA eligibility meeting on June 28 to 29.
“Any team that is interested in Davon will have to request the PBA to play them a maximum of seven games before the eligibility meeting starts this June and Davon will only play a maximum of seven games,” said Fernandez.