HIS best years may be behind him, but Danny Seigle believes he’s still good enough to play in the PBA even with the emergence of younger and athletic players especially in the coming rookie draft.
Although the veteran forward was not spared of minor aches and injuries during the season about to end, the 37-year-old Barako Bull stalwart refused to say when he’s calling it a career.
“I don’t know (when he’s retiring). As long as I feel good, I don’t want to put a time on it (retirement),” Seigle shared to Spin.ph while personally watching some of the rookie hopefuls in this year’s draft try out with the Energy Cola this week.
“Yeah, had some very minor injuries, but as long as I’m healthy, I’m good.”
The Wagner College alumnus is coming off an injury-free season for Barako Bull, submitting decent averages of 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 31 games.
At the same time, the 1999 Rookie of the Year said he expects a `deep draft’ two weeks from now owing to the talent depth coming out of both the college and amateur ranks.
Former UAAP Most Valuable Player RR Garcia and Far Eastern University teammate JR Cawaling, ex-Adamson gunner Alex Nuyles, and former UAAP two-time Finals MVP Nico Salva of Ateneo were among the potential first round prospects who joined Barako Bull in its practices.
The 6-foot-5 Seigle, though, declined to single out who impressed him the most, but did say the rookie applicants “stick out” in their own way.
“I watch these guys in college and I know some of them can play. So it’s a deep draft,” he said.
“You can’t really tell (who impresses the most) but they definitely have the potential. But still, it’s too early to tell. We only had two practices with them. They all give a little something, they all stick out in their own way,” added the four-time league Finals MVP.