A UAAP rule that bars players from joining the PBA draft immediately after its season stands in the way of Bobby Ray Parks and his PBA plans.
Parks has expressed his desire to make himself available for this year’s draft set November 3, telling Spin.ph on Wednesday that he will make a decision at the end of National University's season in the UAAP this October.
However, a UAAP board member confirmed that league rules state that a collegiate player will have to wait a year after his last season with his varsity team before being allowed to enter the professional ranks.
That poses a dilemma for Parks, who can only join the pro league draft in 2014 at the earliest if he decides to play for a third season with the Bulldogs this season.
However, if the UAAP MVP insists on entering the PBA draft late this year, he needs to sit out the coming collegiate season with the Bulldogs.
On Wednesday, Parks did not discount the possibility of entering this year’s PBA draft but stressed that his focus right now is on the Bulldogs' quest for a long-overdue UAAP championship.
“I think I’m eligible (for the PBA draft). The idea was brought up to light because it (PBA option) was actually there," he said. "It opened up another door, just like looking in and where this possibility could take us and see where that goes.”
The UAAP rule on prospective PBA draftees was put in place to supposedly allow student athletes to focus on their studies while still with the school.
It also stemmed from a controversy involving former La Salle star Don Allado, who was picked by Alaska as a direct hire in 1999 at a time when he was still playing for the Green Archers in the UAAP.
Allado, who currently plays for Barako Bull in the PBA, ended up finishing his playing year with La Salle that season before joining the Aces, but not after missing several games.
The UAAP rule is in stark contrast to that in the NCAA where players can enter the pro league draft while still playing for their schools.
This explains why Calvin Abueva was able to continue playing for the San Sebastian last year after being drafted by Alaska.