WITH erstwhile oldest PBA player Asi Taulava deciding to move to the Asian Basketball League with San Miguel Beer and erstwhile second oldest player Eric Menk nowhere in Barangay Ginebra’s active roster, who will now have the unenviable distinction of being the most senior among the players at the start of the PBA’s 2012-2013 season?
That distinction now belongs to Nic Belasco, who has returned to Alaska after a short stint with Powerade last season.
Belasco, who will be playing in his 15th season in the PBA after being chosen second overall by Sunkist in the 1997 draft, was exactly 38 years, nine months and 20 days old at the start of the 38th season of the league on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Belasco is a year, two months and three days older than the now second most senior citizen in the PBA right now in Ali Peek of Talk ‘N Text.
Curiously Alaska has three of the league’s 10 oldest players right now with Dondon Hontiveros and Eddie Laure, both 35, at ninth and 10th, respectively.
The youngest player in the PBA right now is No. 1 overall pick and 6-foot-10 behemoth June Mar Fajardo of Petron Blaze.
Born on November 27, 1989, the Compostela, Cebu-born Fajardo was exactly 22 years, 10 months and three days old on opening day.
How young is Fajardo? He was only 15 days old when his current team, then known as San Miguel Beer, won the league’s only third Grand Slam feat in 1989.
Talk ‘N Text reserve point guard Pamboy Raymundo, who turned 23 last May, is the second youngest while last season’s Rookie of the Year, Paul Lee of Rain or Shine, is the third youngest, having turned 23 last February.
Find out the 10 current oldest and youngest PBA players in the lists below: