PBA ASPIRANTS CONTINUE TO BEEF UP LOADED DRAFT POOL, LIST INCREASES TO 90 AHEAD OF DEADLINE
With a day left before the application for the Rookie Draft closes, Gilas national team pool William Navarro, Jaydee Tungcab and Calvin Oftana, FEU's Alec Stockton, UE's Brian Enriquez, Alab Pilipinas standout Jordan Heading, and Fil-Am guard Mikey Williams, formalized entry into loaded PBA Draft pool.
With three of Gilas pool members submitting their application to the draft, they have further added depth to the brimming PBA candidates selection.
Tungcab, a 6-foot-2 guard from the University of the Philippines (UP) was supposed to have a stint in the Japan B.League with Division II Koshigaya Alphas, however, his dream was shelved because of the decision of the team to no longer accept imports as the cases of Covid in Japan rises.
Navarro, 23, will be skipping his last year with UAAP defending champions Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) where he posted 7.3 points on 44-percent shooting, to go with 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 21.3 minutes in 2019.
NCAA Most Valuable Player (MVP) San Beda’s Calvin Oftana also decided to forego his final year of eligibility and headline the latest addition of hopefuls jumping into the pro scene.
He led the Red Lions into their 18-0 sweep in the eliminations advancing to their finals match berth during NCAA Season 95.
Tungcab, Navarro, and Oftana were among the cadets who were called up during the second window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Manama, Bahrain where they swept their two games against Thailand.
Tungcab and Navarro submitted their draft applications on Monday and Oftana was the third among his Gilas teammates to apply this week.
Stockton, 22, will be skipping his final year with the Tamaraws of the Morayta-based squad and announced that he applied for the draft on his social media account.
“There’s a new path for me to take and I carry with me all the learnings from everyone in FEU,” Stockton wrote on Instagram.
“Looking forward to the next chapter in my journey. With God’s grace, I am ready for the future.”
Fil-Am winger Enriquez joined the rookie draft as well as he sought to make his mark in the country after his one-and-done year with the University of the East (UE) before the cancellation of Season 83.
The 6-foot-3 forward played for the University of Minnesota Crookston and suited up for William Woods University for two years and UE was supposed to be his stepping stone in the Philippine basketball, however, he missed the opportunity due to the canceled games.
Former national team youth member Fil-Aussie Heading also formalized his application to the draft.
He was coming off from his stint with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the canceled ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) where he posted 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 16 games.
Williams also filed his paperwork for the PBA Rookie Draft.
The 29-year old Williams committed for NBA G League squads Sioux Fall and Canton for four years starting in 2014 and had his stint in ABL with Saigon Heat, Mighty Sports Philippines 2019 William Jones Cup, and 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.
In addition, he played for GenSan in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
Deadline for applications will be on January 27.