PURSUING his life-long dream of playing in the PBA, D-League star Kevin Alas officially joined the Annual Rookie Draft when he formally submitted his application hours before Wednesday’s deadline.
Accompanied by his agent Charlie Dy and elder brother Kris, the younger Alas said he spent Tuesday night discussing his future plans with father Louie Alas, currently the assistant coach of Alaska.
Kris Alas, incidentally, also submitted his draft application.
“Gusto ko na i-pursue ang dream ko kasi nakapag-national team na ako,” the 6-foot Alas told Spin.ph moments after filing his aspirants’ form at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.
“Kapag nag-PBA na ako, napag-isip-isip ko, may chance naman na makapaglaro pa rin ako sa national team. Eh, siyempre, iba pa rin yung experience na makukuha ko sa PBA eh, dahil ang kalaban nga dun mas malalakas at mabibilis, puro betrano pa,” he added.
Alas' former team in the D-League, NLEX, will be picking at No. 4 overall in the rookie draft while his father's team, Alaska, owns the No. 5 pick overall, but the former Letran star said he doesn't mind where he will end up, so long as he fulfills his dream of playing in Asia’s first professional basketball league.
“Napag-usapan na namin ni papa yan (where he will end up in the draft). Wala namang problema yan kung saan team ako mapunta. Eh pangarap ko mapunta sa PBA,” he said. “Masayang masaya na ako mapunta sa PBA.”
Meantime, Dy also submitted the draft application of Fil-Am guard/forward Matt Ganuelas Rosser, who has yet to return from a vacation in the United States.
Rosser and Alas join NLEX teammates Jake Pascual and Ronald Pascual in this year’s draft class, leaving Garvo Lanete behind in the D-League after the former San Beda gunner decided to skip turning pro this year.
The 6-foot-5 Rosser is a veteran member of the Gilas cadet squad and was part of the gold medal team that won the 2012 William Jones Cup in Taipei
He was also with the Gilas team that finished fourth in the FIBA-Asia Cup in Tokyo, Japan two years ago, and won titles in the 2013 Super Keung Sheung Cup in Hong Kong and the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball in Myanmar.