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Bulanadi surprised to be included in Gilas Draft pool: ‘Sino ba naman ako para makasali dun’
by Niel Victor Masoy, December 06, 2019 6:06pm
Being included in the Gilas Pilipinas Draft pool caught former San Sebastian College Recoletos standout and now PBA Rookie Draft applicant Allyn Bulanadi by surprise.
“Nagulat ako kasi sino ba naman ako para makasali dun kasi bihira lang makasali dun eh,” said the 22-year-old Bulanadi.
“Pili lang sa atin yun. Irerepresenta mo yung Pilipinas kailangan dinadala mo lagi dun yung A game mo, parang kinakabahan pa rin ako, nagulat ako,” he added.
As he finally settled down, Bulanadi said that him being included in the Gilas draft pool - which also has former Ateneo De Manila University standouts in Isaac Go, the Nieto twins Mike and Matt, and University of the East one-and-done star Rey Suerte - is a byproduct of all the hardwork he put up since he realized he wanted to be a professional basketball player.
“Unti-unti ko naman na-absorb, naging masaya naman ako na yun yung outcome ng mga pinaghirapan ko,” said the 6-foot-2 forward.
On Monday, the Philippine Basketball Association and the Samahang Basketbol ng PIlipinas have agreed to name Bulanadi, Go, Suerte, and the Nieto twins to the Gilas Draft pool.
Bulanadi, Go, Suerte, and the Nieto twins will be on loan to the national team after they get drafted in the special draft which will follow the PBA drafting order from one-to-five on December 8 at Robinsons Manila.
That means Columbian Dyip will be picking first in the Gilas draft, followed by Blackwater Elite, NLEX Road Warriors, Alaska Aces and the Rain or Shine Elastopainters.
However, the said players will only get the rights to the five players after 2023 as the said quintet will train for Gilas with the hopes that they will represent the Philippines in the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
Bulanadi knows being included in the Gilas Draft pool is not just about glamour and all, saying it is also about sacrifice.
And by sacrifice, Bulanadi means that it’s not just him spending the bulk of his time practicing with the Gilas squad. It also means sacrificing his scoring game if that’s what the Philippine national basketball team needs.
“Kapag Gilas ka kasi pag sinasabi mo na gilas ka matindi yung sakripisyo yung gagawin mo kasi para sa bansa yan dala dala mo yung bansa mo, di mo dala dala yung nasa pangalan na nasa likod mo,” said Bulanadi.
“Madaming mga beterano, willing naman ako mag step down yung scoring ko sakripisyo muna, para sa akin manalo lang gusto ko makatulong. Mga maliliit na bagay paghihirapan ko yung mga ganun.”
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