CONTROVERSIAL college star Terrence Romeo has filed his application for the coming PBA rookie draft, muddling the picture for pro teams with high picks in the November 3 proceedings at the Robinsons Place Manila.
The Far Eastern University star and reigning UAAP MVP formally added his name in the growing list of pro hopefuls on Friday afternoon, barely two hours before the deadline set by the pro league.
Romeo filed the application himself at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.
His entry should give teams with high first-round selections plenty to think about, although the flamboyant guard is not expected to muddle the Top Three picks which are conceded to big men Greg Slaughter of Ateneo, Ian Sangalang of San Sebastian, and Raymond Almazan of Letran.
Romeo, however, should be an intriguing prospect for teams with selections from No. 4 overall down, most especially Barako Bull which owns the fourth and fifth picks in the first round - and sixth if you count another pick which the Energy Cola had planned to trade to Globalport.
Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao told Spin.ph the franchise will be very much interested in Romeo if he is available.
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FEU athletic director Mark Molina earlier told Spin.ph the school supported Romeo's last-minute decision to turn pro since he may have to wait another two years if he doesn't join the draft this year.
Next year's PBA draft will go back to its regular August schedule, meaning it will be held while the UAAP season is in progress.
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Sources said it was Globalport, the owner of the No. 7 selection overall, which convinced the flamboyant guard to join the draft - with a promise to pick him if he is available.