Top overall pick CJ Perez is officially a member of the Columbian Dyip after he signed with the franchise on Thursday afternoon.
Perez agreed to a three-year max deal with the Dyip led by head coach Johnedel Cardel. No other details were divulged but the figure is estimated at over P10 million.
The former NCAA MVP is a welcome addition to the team that has, to say the least, struggled the past season with no bona fide star to turn to.
Perez, who led the Pirates to a pair of runner-up finishes in the NCAA, is tagged to be the cornerstone of the team. His arrival could mean things are going in the right direction for Columbian, which let go of the chance to take Christian Standhardinger in the draft last year.
Cardel said during the draft that the team is thrilled to have Perez, whose game has drawn comparisons to that of Phoenix star Calvin Abueva's.
"The team, the players, the management, are very happy we got CJ in the draft," Cardel said. "He's a big addition. He can give more energy. He has great character. He's a team player. That's why I'm very proud we got him."
Perez will have the chance to show his wares when the league unveils its new season on January 13.