Agent not worried about CJ Perez's Fil-foreign status

Player agent Marvin Espiritu sees no hitches on the PBA Draft application of Lyceum star and top rookie prospect CJ Perez.

Although classified by the PBA as a Fil-foreigner, Espiritu said Perez has his papers all arranged and is prepared to submit them as a requirement for Fil-foreign draft applicants.

"We all know that Fil-foreign applicants have to go through the period of contestability, which means all their papers will be scrutinized first by a committee," Espiritu told ESPN5 on Wednesday. "But in terms of whether CJ's status as a Filipino is in doubt, I don't see any concern on that because we know he's a Filipino and he has, in fact, represented the Philippines before."

Espiritu said the 24-year-old Perez intends to submit his papers to the PBA office once the NCAA men's basketball finals are over. Perez and the rest of the Pirates will play the three-peat-seeking San Beda Red Lions in a best-of-three series beginning November 6.

Espiritu added that Perez, who grew up in Bautista, Pangasinan, was deemed a Fil-foreigner simply because he was born in Hong Kong despite having a Filipino mother.

"After being born in Hong Kong, he was eventually brought to the Philippines while he was still a baby. His mother is an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) for a long time," explained Espiritu.

The Columbian Dyip own the number one pick in the 2018 PBA Draft on December 16.

Columbian coach John Cardel had earlier told ESPN5 they are seriously considering selecting Perez, who is averaging 18.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Pirates this season, as the top overall pick.