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PBA to hold special Gilas Pilipinas draft

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The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) agreed on Monday to hold a Gilas Pilipinas Special Draft in preparation for the 2023 Basketball World Cup.

Five applicants in this year's draft, namely Allyn Bulanadi, Isaac Go, Mike Nieto, Matt Nieto and Rey Suerte, have been selected to be part of the pool of players for the national team but they will still go through a special draft following a special drafting order, as follows:

1. Columbian

2. Blackwater

3. NLEX

4. Alaska

5. Rain or Shine

The drafting teams will retain rights over these players until they are released by SBP. After the special draft, the regular draft will proceed with the following order:

1. Columbian

2. Blackwater

3. NLEX

4. Alaska

5. Rain or Shine

6. Rain or Shine

7. Rain or Shine

8. NorthPort

9. Magnolia

10. Ginebra

11. TNT

12. Columbian

The special draft will follow the first round PBA drafting order from one to five.