ONE would think that NorthPort, with three veritable first round picks in the PBA Season 46 Rookie Draft, is already hard at work poring over the list of applicants for possible choices.
Not so fast.
According to Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio, the only time they would sit down and talk about their possible picks is when the final list of eligible applicants becomes available, probably a few days before the virtual proceedings on March 14.
“Hindi pa natin alam lahat. Maraming pagbabago pa diyan, di natin masabi,” Jarencio told Malaya-Business Insight. “Kulang pa ang big picture… kaya waiting lang muna tayo.”
The decision to defer any meeting with his staff and management, according to Jarencio, stems from the fact there are still many uncertainties regarding the 97 applicants.
The PBA has said there are still 16 out of the 31 Fil-foreign players who have yet to submit the required affirmation or confirmation from the Justice Department and Bureau of Immigration. Those requirements must be met on or before March 5.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is also set to take five to six players from the applicants for inclusion in the Gilas Pilipinas pool through a special draft preceding the regular proceedings.
The PBA has yet to bare the list of teams that would make picks in the special draft and NorthPort, which owns the rights to the picks at Nos. 2, 11 and 13 overall in the regular draft, could be one of those.
“Mga sampung teams ang may first round picks… kaya iyung No. 13 na iyon, di pa nila nakukuha lahat (ng magagaling) kasi nga akin iyung Nos. 2 and 11, kaya parang first round na rin iyon.”
Those who survive the screening process would also have to answer some questions.
“Ano ang kundisyon ng katawan ng mga iyan ngayon?” posed Jarencio.
“Sa pandemic, hindi sila naglaro, wala silang liga for the last one year. Tumigil lahat ang mundo ng basketball. Puwera na lang sa mga nag-3-on-3, kahit paano pinagpawisan sila.
Pero hindi pa rin 5-on-5 iyon. Kaya marami kang factors na kailangang tingnan.”
Jarencio also did not discount the possibility that at least one of his team’s picks would be traded, the reason why he refused to join the ranks of those who have questioned the recent controversial trade that sent Terrafirma’s CJ Perez to San Miguel Beer.
“Ayokong mag-comment doon. Kasi unang-una, sila iyun. Kami naman may sariling galaw.
Paano kung kami naman ang gumalaw? Di titirahin din ang galaw namin, di ba? Mahirap magsalita dyan. Sila na lang d’yan,” Jarencio said.