GILAS Pilipinas mainstay Raymar Jose has just thrown his hat in the PBA Rookie Draft after applying Thursday for the Oct. 29 proceedings at the Robinson’s Place in Manila.
Jose, known for his fierce rebounding and inside forays, are among the amateur standouts handpicked by coach Chot Reyes to be part of the Gilas training pool. The former Far Eastern University star was a member of the Philippine team that won the basketball gold in the last Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.
He was the main man of the Tamaraws team that fell short of returning to the UAAP Finals last season after losing to Ateneo Blue Eagles in the Final Four, and later on signed to play for the Kaohsiung Truth in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
But the 24-year-old power forward will be taking his act to the pros fresh from being named as MVP of the recent PBA D-League Foundation Cup, where he played a major role for Cignal winning back-to-back championships.
The rookie application of Jose was personally brought by his representative to the PBA Office in Libis.
Jose is among the latest high-profiled amateur players to apply in the draft after fellow Gilas player Christian Standhardinger, and Fil-foreigners Jason Perkins, Davon Potts, Felix Apreku, Andreas Cahilig, and Julian Sargeant, Zach Nicholls.
Among the local players who had also submitted their applications papers include Lervin Flores, JonJon Gabriel, Christian De Chavez, Alvie Bringas, Jason Nalos, Carlo Gomez, and Dan Sara.
Flores emerged as this year’s NCAA Slam Dunk champion from Arellano, while Gabriel was last year’s MVP in the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (NAASCU) playing for Colegio De San Lorenzo.