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What does Season 48 PBA Rookie Draft mean for Philippine basketball?

Normie RiegoSep 20, 2023, 07:30 AM4 Minute Read

All 12 first-round selections in Sunday’s Season 48 PBA Rookie Draft were Filipino-foreigners as per the league’s classification, including Converge FiberXers’ 10th overall pick BJ Andrade — who was born in Hong Kong.PBA Images

The Season 48 PBA Rookie Draft had the most number of names called in the PBA’s 48-year history with 79.

This, after this year’s rookie selection process also had the most number of applicants ever in Asia’s first pay-for-play league at 128.

Without a doubt, the pipeline from the amateurs to the pros is flowing better than ever — despite international leagues emerging as alternatives.

Alongside that, what lessons were gleaned from the 2023 draft?

Filipino-foreigners ruled this draft

All 12 selections in the first round were Filipino-foreigners — that includes former Ateneo Blue Eagles captain BJ Andrade, who was born…

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