MANILA, Philippines—Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser was one of the several Filipino-foreign players who got an unfortunate fate amid the stringent application process of the PBA Draft.
Such was his joy when the PBA announced that it would loosen the requirements needed from Filipino-foreign players who want to apply for the rookie draft in the future.
“I’m really happy. It was something that I think should have been done a long time ago but I’m glad that it was done now,” said Ganuelas-Rosser, the younger brother of five-time champion Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, during the PBA 3×3 Media Day.
Ganuelas-Rosser was axed from the list of potential draftees earlier this year as he was unable to procure the proper documents from the Department of Justice that the league requires from the Filipino-foreign players entering the draft.
His case was also seen as a head-scratcher as his older brother Matt did not have to go through the DOJ to enter the PBA in 2014 as the former San Miguel man was considered a homegrown Filipino being born in Olongapo City in 1990.
Ganuelas-Rosser, meanwhile was born in the United States after his parents James Rosser, a retired US Navy personnel, and Gina Ganuelas left Subic after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991—three years before the big man was born.
Now the PBA has recently relaxed the requirements, he 6-foot-7 Ganuelas-Rosser and many other potential Filipino-foreign draftees will need just a Philippine passport to join the rookie selection process.
“I’m happy that the rule was changed, not just for myself but for Fil-foreign players who want to join the PBA,” added Ganuelas-Rosser, who will play for the Limitless Appmasters.
Ganuelas-Rosser will play with Mike Gamboa, Jorey Napoles, and Reymar Caduyac for Pheonix’ affiliate team in the 3×3 circuit.
“I’ve been a fan of the PBA for so long now, just watching my brother. To finally get my feet wet, I’m looking forward to it.”
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