IN its quest to bring the league closer to students, the PBA is set to hold a campus tour with teams holding practices in some of the top colleges in the country.
The league will have stops in Technological Institute of the Philippines, Colegio De San Juan De Letran, National University, and Lyceum of the Philippines University for the said campus tour with PBA teams.
“The semis-campus tour will enable schools and student population to experience the PBA in their campuses, while providing an inspirational vehicle for developing basketball talent,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial in a statement.
“The campus visit also serves as a homecoming for some players, coaches, and team officials,” Marcial added.
Phoenix Pulse will start off the tour on October 17 at the TIP gym with Jorey Napoles, the first-ever PBA product of the school, visiting the campus after being selected 12th overall in last year’s draft.
NorthPort will visit Letran on October 24 as its team manager Bonnie Tan is also the concurrent head coach of the Knights in the NCAA. Batang Pier assistant team manager Waiyip Chong also serves as Letran’s team manager.
Alaska will visit NU on November 7 as Aces assistant and two-time PBA MVP Danny Ildefonso being one of the top products of the Bulldogs, having played for the team in the mid-1990s.
CJ Perez, meanwhile, returns to Lyceum on November 14 as Columbian holds its practice on that date at the Pirates’ lair in Intramuros. Perez won an NCAA MVP with LPU, before becoming one of the top candidates for the Rookie of the Year plum this season in the PBA.