Panlilio said this year’s special draft setup will just be subject for approval by the league’s board.
“We’ve been meeting on it (draft process). It’s been a collaborative effort between the PBA and the SBP and I think it’s a great signal to the fans that both institutions are working together,” Panlilio told FOX Sports.
Based on the framework the PBA and SBP are working on, each team is assured to pick one from the Gilas pool depending on its standing from the 41st season without taking to account the draft trade rights.
That means Star, a team that is supposed to give away its rights for the second overall pick to Phoenix in a previous deal can still nab a top-caliber talent from the national team program. (See special draft order below).
The SBP plans to name the newly-formed Gilas squad by next week, and Panlilio hopes the identified players will be committed to the program.
“We’re hoping. This is the national team, I think it should be an honor for them to play for the national flag” said Panlilio, who also serves as Meralco’s team governor.
Expected to be part of the Gilas pool are Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks, Mac Belo, Kevin Ferrer, Roger Pogoy, Mike Tolomia and Russell Escoto.
Moreover, Panlilio said that Gilas members, once drafted, will be allowed to play for their respective mother teams for at least two conferences next season and will just be pulled out in time to prepare for FIBA-sponsored events.
The regular draft will follow suit, which is so far composed of 17 aspirants led by former FEU wingman Carl Bryan Cruz.
SPECIAL DRAFT ORDER
9 Rain or Shine
12. San Miguel
REGULAR DRAFT (First round)
2 Phoenix (from Star)
3 Ginebra (from Phoenix)
5 Star (from GlobalPort)
6 San Miguel (from NLEX)
8 NLEX (from TNT)
9 Rain or Shine
12 Phoenix (from San Miguel)
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