NCAA clarifies rules on eligibility

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    DRAFTED and signed up in the PBA, but can still play in the NCAA?

    That’s now a possibility.

    A resolution was filed in the NCAA that will allow its players to wind up their collegiate careers at least in the 96th season despite getting selected and inked to a contract in the pros, according to an unimpeachable Malaya-Business Insight source.

    The player, however, needs to get the green light from his PBA team and the league.

    Based on a long-standing rule, NCAA players could still suit up and finish the season provided they ask permission from the league, they have not yet signed a contract in the PBA, and their teams are already eliminated.

    “Mayroong existing rule ang NCAA na matagal na iyong player na magpapa-draft, magpapaalam lang. Basta hindi pa pumipirma ng kontrata, puwede ka pang maglaro sa NCAA,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

    “Pero sa (new) resolution filed, papayagan silang maglaro sa NCAA kahit nakapirma na but subject for the approval of their PBA club and the PBA, basta hindi pa sila naglaro ng official PBA game.”

    The source insisted should the recommendation get the nod from the Policy Board the PBA and its teams will still have the final say. If the player suits up in an official PBA game, he can no longer go back to the NCAA.

    “Wala tayong magagawa kapag PBA na ang hindi pumayag pero may kausap sa PBA na ang sabi, sumulat lang ang NCAA, tingin naman niya papayag,” the source said.