PBA: Smart-Gilas Lassiter, Lutz lead rookie draft on Aug. 18

July 28, 2011 10:03 pm 

MANILA, July 28 — Pilipinas Smart-Gilas stalwarts Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz lead the first 10 applicants to the 2011 PBA Rookie Draft even as the PBA Commissioner’s Office has set August 18 as the deadline for both home-grown and Fil-foreign players to submit their application and other requirements.

Lassiter and Lutz are key players on the Rajko Toroman-mentored national squad which will compete in the FIBA-Asia men’s championship in Wuhan, China this September where the winner secures a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

These two players are expected to go high in the Draft. Contesting the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft lottery to be held during the Governors’ Cup Finals are the Powerade Tigers and Air21 Express.

So far, 10 players have applied for the 2011 PBA Rookie Draft which will be held on August 28 at Robinsons’ Place Manila.

The other rookie hopefuls are Nino Nabong, Christopher Pestano, Raymond Montaniel, Marc Cagoco, Alvyn Cabonce, Christopher Concepcion, Felimon Fernandez and Marvin Graebel.

The move to have a common deadline gives Fil-foreign applicants, who have to apply by July 29 in the original timetable, three weeks more to complete their requirements.

For this year’s Rookie Draft, however, only Fil-foreign players who have played for the Philippine men’s basketball team and are over the PBA D-League age limit of 26 years old will be allowed to join.

The papers of all the applicants will still have to go through an evaluation process before the Commissioner’s Office comes out with the final list of candidates who will then have to attend the Rookie Camp on August 23 to 26. (PNA) DCT/scs/LOR

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