FIL-FOREIGN draft applicants have until the close of the PBA’s office hours today to complete the requirements that will make them eligible for the March 14 proceedings.
A record 97 amateurs have applied for the draft, including 31 Fil-foreigners, also a league-high. The previous highest number of draft applicants in league history was 91 in the 2014 batch led by Ginebra star Stanley Pringle.
The PBA requires the rookie hopefuls to secure a Department of Justice affirmation and Bureau of Immigration certification.
As of yesterday, projected first rounders and highly touted players such as Jason Brickman, Jeremiah Gray, Jerrick Ahanmisi, and Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser have yet to submit their DOJ affirmation and BI certification.
Also with incomplete requirements were Taylor Statham, Alec Stockton, Tyrus Hill, Christopher Cancio, and even Andre Paras, who has been ruled as a Fil-foreign since he was born in the United States.
Seventeen Fil-foreigners led by Fil-Ams Joshua Munzon and Jaimie Malonzo have submitted all their documents. Munzon or Malonzo is seen to go No. 1 in the proceedings.
Other Fil-foreigners who are cleared to be part of the draft are Louie and Loren Brill, Taylor Browne, Brian Enriquez, Jordan Heading, David Murrell, Franky Johnson, Cedric Pelayo, Troy Rike, Seraj Elmejrab, Dallas Serrano, Mikey Williams, Joshua Torralba, James Laput, and Michael Simmonds.
Terrafirma will select first in the draft, followed by NorthPort, and NLEX, which has the Nos. 3 and 4 picks.
Rain or Shine owns the No. 5 selection, followed by Alaska, Phoenix, San Miguel Beer, Meralco, Phoenix, TNT, and Ginebra.
Due to the restrictions posed by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the draft is likely to be held virtually.