ONE door closed for Baser Amer on Thursday night, but a window immediately opened the following day.
The rookie point guard signed a three-year maximum deal with the Meralco Bolts on Friday, formally making his transition from college basketball’s star playmaker to one of the promising freshmen in the 41st season of the PBA.
The contract meant a starting monthly salary of P1.5 million for the San Beda College stalwart in his first year with the franchise, and eventually escalating to P3.375 on the final season.
Amer’s agent and representative Charlie Dy confirmed the signing that came just hours after the Red Lions failed in their bid to win a sixth straight NCAA men’s basketball championship after losing to the Letran Knights in overtime in the deciding Game Three of the Finals, 85-82.
Amer finished with 14 points and engineered the Red Lions’ comeback from eight points down late in regulation to force extension play.
Unfortunately, the Mendiola-based school fell short in overtime, ending Amer’s bid to win a fifth straight championship before ending his collegiate career.
The 23-year-old pride of Davao City was the No. 7 overall pick (first round) by the Bolts during the last rookie draft.
Amer, a cerebral player considered among the best pure point guards in local basketball today, wrote a touching thank-you note to the San Beda community just hours after the Game Three loss.
Here it is: