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First-ever WNBL draft draws over 700 hopefuls

Seven-hundred two hopefuls have applied for the first-ever draft of the Women's National Basketball League.

The high turnout forces the league to close its application window earlier, from October 1 to September 22, as Filipinas all over the world submitted their applications.

WNBL Executive Vice President Rhose Montreal expressed her gratitude to each and every dreamer that sent their application forms.

"It's overwhelming," shared Montreal. "We at the WNBL are truly humbled with the number of applications we received. This just shows that we have a lot of talent in women's basketball here in the country."

Well-represented were the three major island groups in the country and, as well as Filipinas living abroad.

Some of the marquee players who threw their names in the draft are Monique Del Carmen, Raiza Palmera-Dy, April Lualhati, Jack Tanaman, Janette Yanez, AJ Gloriani, Tina Deacon, and Fille Claudine Cainglet.

Now, the process to trim down the applicants begins.

Players below 21 years of age are not allowed. Aside from that, the credentials of each player will be the main criteria for making it to the Draft Combine set from October 12 to 16 in Pampanga.

The announcement of the final list that will enter the combine will take place early next week through an online show. The online draft lottery will happen on October 18 while the draft proper takes place on October 30.

Each team will have a 'protect six' list.

On the other hand, teams from the Armed Forces, namely Air Force, Army, and Navy, will not join the draft and must submit their full lineups with each player having been enlisted for a minimum of one year.