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New PBA draft rule closes door on new Fil-Ams

By Nelson Beltran | philstar.com

The 2011 PBA Rookie Draft is essentially close to Fil-foreign players, except Smart Gilas Pilipinas mainstays Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter.

This is the major ramification of a recent PBA board resolution opening the coming draft only to homegrown players now playing in the PBA D-League and to players who have served the national men’s team.

Under the league’s new draft policy, Fil-foreign players must have played at least two conferences in the D-League to be eligible for the annual draft.

“What the board wants is for the Fil-foreign players to know the Filipino culture first before being allowed to play in the PBA,” said PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial.

“And as they take residency in the D-League, Filipino basketball fans get to know them before they play in the pros,” Marcial added.

Among Fil-foreign players who’ve started residency in D-League are Pharex’s Jason Deustchman and N-LEX’s Cody Tesoro, Chris Ellis, Karl Dehasa and Cliff Hodge. Deustchman is a 6-foot-7 multi-position player.

The earliest these players can play in the PBA is 2012.

Same with players like Cebuano hotshot Junmar Fajardo.

The 6-foot-9 behemoth, who is reportedly planning to join the coming draft, must look for a team to play for in the current D-League tourney if he wishes to be accepted in the 2011 draft pool.

Liga Pilipinas players must also play in the D-League to gain eligibility in the draft.

Among top prospects for the coming draft are members of Smart Gilas Pilipinas and D-League aces Paul Lee, Carl Abueva and Eric Salamat.

Still up for discussion are Barako Bull’s draft rights.

Barako Bull’s 2011 first round pick has been traded to Talk n Text. The question is whether Barako Bull would automatically be considered the last placer in the current season and thus given a crack at the top pick via a lottery.

At the moment, Powerade, Air21 and Meralco are the other teams with a shot at the top pick.

The draft order will be finalized at season’s end. The draft is set Aug. 28.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini, the second pick behind teammate Nonoy Baclao in the last draft, is the statistical leader in the Rookie-of-the-Year race.



2 thoughts on “New PBA draft rule closes door on new Fil-Ams

  1. This new pba draft rule is DISCRMINATION!!! how are you able to set a rule of a two-year resideny for a league, which is only existing for one season??? Has anybody of the pba comission thought about those players, who have lived in the Philippines already for over two years and happened to play other leagues like PBL, Liga Pilipinas or for College teams? The PBA is discriminating their fellow countrymen! And who are you anyway to say that someone is not aware of his own and his parents culture??? And how strange it is to say, that someone has to live for two years in the country before he is allowed to enter the draft? Isnt he going to live in the Philippines after the draft as well??? The pba is only trying to get rid of all the fil-foreigners and wants more local players to join the draft! what they are obviously not understanding is that this is not improving the philippine basketball! the pba teams should be allowed to choose the best players and if its a foreign player instead of a local player the local player has an incentive to improve his game! this is common sense!!! and the strangest thing of all is that the pba is still allowing other players in the pba, who are no filipino at all and everybody knows about it! So why giving fil-foreigners such a hard time?

    Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2011, 1:09 pm
  2. Yes it’s defininitely discriminatory. But i only hope that this new rule will help elevate the level of play in the Philippines. It may be a strategy to further promote the D-league by forcing quality players to play in it, or it may have an idealistic goal of REALLY developing the RP-based baller..

    Posted by jrac | July 30, 2011, 4:40 am

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