STARTING in Season 92, the NCAA will apply the new jersey numbering system that Fiba has implemented since last year.
NCAA Management Committee chair Jose Mari Lacson of Season 92 host San Beda announced the change on Thursday as the league board has approved the use of numbers 00 to 99 for the new season, which opens on June 25 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
"This is in line with the Fiba rules on jersey numbers and the NCAA will implement it this season," said Lacson.
Before its implementation, the league only assigned numbers starting from No. 4 to as high as No. 18 depending on the number of players allowed by the league on the roster of participating teams every season.
With the rule change, players will now have a wider range of options for their chosen jersey number.
The decision also came after San Beda's decision retiring the No. 14 of the late Filipino basketball great and alumnus Carlos "Caloy" Loyzaga, which will also be held during the opening rites of the oldest collegiate league in the country today.
Defending champion Letran renews its rivalry with last year's runner-up San Beda in the 4 p.m. main game of the opening day double-header, which also features an equally exciting showdown between last season's semifinalists Jose Rizal and Mapua at 2 p.m.
Andy Jao is the new commissioner, taking over from Arturo "Bai" Cristobal.
Organizers also promised a big opening number that will be choreographed by Roxanne Lapus and directed by Douglas Nierras to jumpstart the season set to unfold at 12:30 p.m.