THE decision to forego his final playing year for Adamson University and instead join the PBA draft came easy for Jerrick Ahanmisi.
It helped that the Fil-Nigerian playmaker’s move had the blessings of Soaring Falcons coach Franz Pumaren and the school.
“I think they were really supportive about it. They know that it’s a big opportunity for the next chapter in my life,” Ahanmisi, younger brother of Alaska guard Maverick in the pros, said in a recent episode of The Prospects Pod.
“I explained it to them, talked to coach (Franz Pumaren), talked to management at Adamson and you know they took it very well and they were just really supportive of me and my decision,” he added.
The 6-foot-1 Ahanmisi averaged 13.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists for Adamson in the last UAAP cage wars.
Although the cancelation of the UAAP 83rd season partly led to his decision, Ahanmisi admitted he was already mulling the idea of turning pro.
“To be honest, I was actually thinking about already leaving Adamson before the UAAP got canceled, not because I didn’t want to play basketball or anything, I just felt like I wanted to get my schooling degree somewhere else, probably back in the States and somewhere,” Ahanmisi said.
“Like I said after I heard about the news about the D-League requirements, I thought that this is my chance to become a professional in basketball and keep doing what I love so that’s why I went for it.”
A record 97 rookie hopefuls have applied for the draft likely to be held online due to the health perils brought about by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Fil-Ams Joshua Munzon and Jamie Malonzo are projected to be the No. 1 pick overall.
The likes of Jason Brickman, Mikey Williams, Jeremiah Gray, Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, Leonard Santillan, Alvin Pasaol, Franky Johnson, Ben Adamos, and Larry Muyang are also expected to be picked in the first round.