APPLICANTS for the coming PBA Rookie Draft – both local and Fil-foreign – have a month or two to complete their eligibility papers for the November 3 event.
Owing to the complexity of their process and documents, Fil-foreign players looking to join the draft proceedings are given until September 12 to submit their application and pertinent documents.
The league will have five days to review the documents, after which it will issue the preliminary list of prospective draftees for submission to member teams.
A month-long contestability period will then commence ending on October 17.
Local-born applicants meanwhile, have until October 18 to submit their papers. On that day, the league will likewise issue the final list of eligible Fil-foreign hopefuls.
Six days prior to the Draft (October 28), all rookie applicants undergo the traditional biometrics where their physical features and strengths will be measured individually.
On October 30, the final list of candidates for the 2013 rookie draft will be issued by the Commissioner’s Office.
With the season-ending Governors Cup still to reel off on August 14, none among the biggest names from the collegiate and amateur ranks have yet to declare themselves available for the Draft.
Among those anticipated to turn pro by next year are Greg Slaughter, Ian Sangalang, Nico Salva, Justin Chua, RR Garcia, and Jett Vidal.
Big man June Mar Fajardo of Petron emerged as the top rookie pick in last year’s draft followed by Calvin Abueva (Alaska), Alex Mallari (Petron now with San Mig Coffee), Cliff Hodge (Meralco), and Aldrech Ramos (Barako Bull now with Alaska).