Jason Brickman will have until the next PBA Draft if he wants to play in the big league.
The PBA’s study group has concluded that Filipino-foreigners will no longer be eligible to enter the draft after the age of 30.
The study group consists of vice chairman Bobby Rosales, ex-commissioner Chito Salud, former PBL commissioner Atty. Odjie Narvasa, Atty. Alberto Agra, deputy commissioner Eric Castro, former coach Joe Lipa, technical head of the D-League Junior Bengua, and executive assistant Mich Flores.
“They won’t be allowed to apply for the draft,” said Castro.
“Hindi na rin sila puwede mag-PBA kasi hindi sila dadaan sa draft,” added Commissioner Willie Marcial.
The rationale behind the decision is that Fil-foreign players should be in the league earlier.
“We believe that the Fil-foreign players, you have reached your prime already. As early as 30 years old, dapat nagaapply ka na for the PBA,” said Castro.
Fil-foreigners are still required to have documents from the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Immigration proving their Philippine citizenship and play at least seven games each in the two conferences of the D-League.
As emphasized, this rule will only apply to Fil-foreigners and not locals.