Fil-Am journeyman casts lot in draft

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    FROM different parts of the world to the PBA?

    Fil-Am forward Taylor Statham is convinced his stints overseas would serve him in good stead in his bid to be tabbed in the PBA 46th season draft.

    “I wouldn’t trade my journey for anything. Just being able to play day-in and day-out in other countries and play in different leagues, learn different cultures helped me grow as a person and as a player,” Statham said on Radyo5 92.3 News FM’s Power and Play program hosted by former PBA Commissioner Noli Eala.

    “Being an import and playing with imports who played in the NBA just improved our skills and IQ,” he added.

    The 6-foot-6 Statham has played in Canada, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and in the Philippines in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour.

    A product of Cal State Bernardino who traces his Filipino roots in Iloilo, Statham said his experience playing abroad toughened him up for the pro league.

    “If I went to the PBA straight from college, I don’t think I would be ready as the player I am now because for the past five years, I’ve grown tremendously,” Statham said.

    “These experiences have shaped us to who we are and we’re heading to the peak of our playing days.”

    Fil-Am rookie hopefuls have until March 5 to complete their application documents for the March 14 proceedings likely to be held online due to the health perils of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.