CHRIS Banchero will still be available for the PBA Annual Rookie Draft even if he decides to pack his bags and play in Europe shortly after his stint in the upcoming PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
Marvin Espiritu, who represents Banchero, said on Thursday the option to play in Europe is just there although on a long-term basis, the Boracay Rhum guard is still setting his sight on playing in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
“Sa ngayon focused lang naman si Chris sa Boracay para sa second conference ng D-League, pero some time after June, pag natapos ang D-League, then pag-i-isipan na niya ang mga options,” Espiritu told Spin.ph.
“Puwede naman kasing maglaro lang siya ng two months sa Europe kung merong liga dun, pero babalik din agad siya dito kasi priority pa rin niya siyempre ang PBA (draft),” he added.
The former Seattle Pacific college standout has other options at hand, including a possible direct-hire option with Blackwater, which has a pending application to become an expansion franchise in the PBA.
Banchero gained prominence after playing for San Miguel in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), where he helped steer the Beermen to the championship last year.
The Beermen swept the Indonesia Warriors during the championship series with Banchero being adjudged as Finals MVP.
He eventually emerged the No. 1 overall pick in the first-ever Rookie Draft of the D-League draft joining Boracay Rhum.