There are still purists out there

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    PLAY only in the NCAA and UAAP for now and turn pro after.

    This was stressed yesterday by an insider in one of the leagues, saying that while moonlighting in the pros will help student-athletes financially, their focus should be on their studies and their collegiate stint.

    “It can help some collegiate players that need financial help. But as much as possible, I don’t want college players playing in any tournament other than those where their varsity team is participating in,” the insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Malaya-Business Insight.

    “It should be just studies and school-based games.”

    GAB chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra had said that in the absence of collegiate leagues due to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the GAB has offered “special guest licenses” for student-athletes to enable them to have brief stints in pro leagues such as the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3, National Basketball League. Women’s National Basketball League, and the Premier Volleyball League.

    University of the Philippines playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño suited up for Nueva Ecija in the 2020 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup after he was granted a special guest license. But this put to risk his remaining two years of eligibility for the Fighting Maroons in the UAAP.

    There were two NCAA member schools that asked if their players would be allowed to play in the Chooks-to-Go 3×3 tilt but chose not to push through with their plans and risk the players’ eligibility status.

    The insider, who is an official of a squad in one of the collegiate leagues, said their school will not likely allow its players to play in the pros.

    “I can’t speak for the school,” the insider said. “But I don’t think we can allow our players to participate in any other tournament, pro or otherwise.”

    According to a highly-reliable source, the NCAA is expected to abide by the GAB-Philippine Sports Commission joint resolution and give the greenlight for its players to dabble in the pro leagues.