PBA rookie draft still an option as Josan Nimes savors Mapua resurgence in NCAA
Josan Nimes can still play with the Cardinals next year, but people around him believe he has a good chance if he moves up to the pro ranks this early. Czeasar Dancel 

JOSAN Nimes remains undecided whether to apply for the PBA Draft or stay with Mapua for another year.

The 24-year-old Nimes said he wants to focus on the Cardinals’ campaign in NCAA Season 91, but he could actually enlist for the PBA Draft while seeing action in college.

Unlike in the UAAP, players in the NCAA are allowed to apply for the PBA Draft while the tournament is ongoing, which is why Nimes is keeping his options open.

The PBA Draft is set on August 23.

“I’m still thinking about it,” said Nimes, who admitted the Cardinals have told him they want him back next season.

“Coach Atoy (Co) says they want me back but they also know that I have a good chance to go this year. I’ll see, if I keep playing well,” said Nimes.

“I always have next year. It’s good to have both options open. We’ll see how I play,” said Nimes.

Nimes entered Mapua in 2011 where he quickly made an impact, winning the Rookie of the Year award . He's back with the Cardinals after sitting out two seasons due to injuries.

Nimes is averaging 19.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.7 assists for the Cardinals, who currently have a 1-2 win-loss record. The former top rookie also feels he has improved as a leader.

“I’ll say I’m a better leader, vocal leader now. I think in my rookie year, we had a lot of veterans. I was a little bit wild. I shoot everything. But now, I’m more of get my teammates involved. If everyone is happy, everyone’s better. I’ve become a better leader and better ball distributor,” said Nimes, who believes this year’s Cardinals roster has the ingredients to make it to the semifinals.

“I think our team is confident that we can make it to the Final Four,” said Nimes.

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