GILAS cadet guard Kevin Alas reiterated his desire to move to the pro ranks this year amid reports the Manny V. Pangilinan group plans to convince top rookie prospects to skip this year’s draft and help build a team that will replace NLEX in the D-League.
Alas was MVP of the Foundation Cup and staying in the D-League would be a sure boost for a new team, but that would mean a second season of delay for Alas, who had scrapped plans to join last year’s PBA draft.
Ahead of a meeting between the Gilas cadets and officials of the MVP group, the former Letran Knight said he is “80 to 90 percent” sure of joining this year’s PBA rookie class.
“Personally, gusto ko na po magpa-draft, siguro mga nasa 80 to 90 percent sure na ako. Eh kasi dapat last year pa nga ako magpapa-draft,” Alas told Spin.ph on Wednesday.
Sources have earlier told Spin.ph that top prospects from the Gilas cadet pool, including Alas, are being convinced to stay on and wait for the 2015 draft by the MVP group.
The 6-foot guard, who was also part of the Gilas team that captured the bronze medal in the Fiba Asia Cup last Saturday, says there’s nothing more to prove in the D-League after helping the NLEX team win its sixth championship in the last seven conferences last month.
“If ever po kasi, wala na rin akong gagawin, kasi iba rin yung experience na maglaro sa PBA. Kasi sa PBA, iba ang mga players, malalakas at mabibilis,” he added.
The 22-year-old guard out of Letran said he is merely waiting to meet with NLEX officials after being informed that they will have a meeting soon.
He feels that his experience playing for Gilas in the Fiba Asia Cup as well as the pointers he got from veteran PBA players like LA Tenorio and Gary David have somehow prepared him for the pro level.
“Maganda ang experience ko sa Fiba Asia Cup. Di ko rin naman akalain na gagamitin ako ni coach Chot (Reyes). Maganda naman po ang minutes ko,” said Alas.
Alas, along with fellow Gilas cadets Garvo Lanete, Matt Ganuelas, Jake Pascual and Ronald Pascual are tipped to land in the top seven of the August 24 PBA Annual Rookie Draft where Fil-Am Stanley Pringle and Fil-Italian Chris Banchero are considered top of the list.