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3X3 or PBA? Chooks quartet set to make big decision

Where will the talented quartet of Joshua Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, Santi Santillan, and Troy Rike spend the prime of their lives? Will it be as professional 3×3 players or in 5-on-5? 

That will be the life-changing decision the four will make in the upcoming days.

And they have to choose soon, since the PBA Season 46 Rookie Draft is set to take place come January.

For the four, they will sit down for a long talk with their families and handlers. All of them might also face a two-year ban from the PBA if they don’t declare this year.

All four have been draft eligible since 2019.

Photo from PBA Images

“It’s something that I’ve had my eyes on for some time now, but we’ll see. That’s definitely something on my mind,” admitted Munzon, 25.

“Pag-iisipan ko pa,” continued Pasaol, also 25.

Of course, the ultimate dream for many is to play professionally in the PBA. But just a few months ago, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 also went pro, adding a new avenue for players.

All four are part of the national team pool. And the biggest tournament of their lives, the 2021 FIBA 3X3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, takes place in May next year.

League officials are set to meet the quartet on Monday, while the contracts of the players end in December.

“Dati pa na dream ko talagang mag-PBA. Tignan natin kung ano ang magiging resulta,” said Santillan, 24.

For Rike, he has to consult his family about this since his immediate future is at stake.

“I won’t make any decisions without my family, so I’ll talk to them first before I even think about it,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3’s winningest player Rike, 24 — a target of PBA clubs.

Will they just be part of the 5-on-5 wheel or continue to be leaders in the 3×3 movement? The country will know in just a few days.

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