21 July 2011

2011 PBA Draft at Robinsons Manila

Smart Gilas
By Alder Almo
The Philippine Star, 20 July 2011

The 2011 Annual PBA Rookie Draft has found a new home.

After years of holding the annual event at Market Market in Taguig, the PBA has forged a partnership with the Robinsons Land Corporation to stage it at Robinsons Place Manila on August 28.

"The rookie draft marks a new beginning, and this new partnership with Robinsons gives us a new beginning too," said PBA Commissioner Chito Salud.

Salud signed the Memorandum of Agreement with the Robinsons officials led by Property Management vice president Tommy Lee O this morning at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon City.

Also in attendance were Robinsons Land Commercial Centers Division general manager Arlene Magtibay and marketing communications manager Eunice Gonzales.

The PBA has been holding memorabilia exhibits at Robinsons Malls since last summer and its success paved the way to extend the partnership.

"We're very happy that the PBA will hold this very important event (rookie draft) at Robinsons Place Manila. This will be a great treat to our mall goers and to the fans," Lee O said.

Robinsons Manila is a seven-level shopping complex that boasts world-class amenities and a wide atrium to accommodate PBA aspirants and an expected large turnout of fans during the event.

This season's draft is expected to be one of deepest in history with the likes of Cebuano big man Junemar Fajardo, Paul Lee and the standouts from Smart Gilas Pilipinas expected to join.

The deadline for submission of application and requirements is on 29 July for Fil-foreign players and 18 August for local aspirants.

A 15-day grace period from 1 to 15 August will be given to contest the eligibility of Fil-foreign players who will apply in the draft.

The PBA Commissioner's Office will release the final list of candidates for the PBA Annual Draft on 18 August 2011. All eligible aspirants will display their skills in a four-day Rookie Camp that will run from 23 August 2011.

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