Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Developmental League is set to parade a huge 22-team field for the upcoming Aspirants’ Cup.
It will be the biggest pool of squads in the semi-professional league’s history since its foundation in 2010
It will be the biggest pool of squads in the semi-professional league’s history since its foundation in 2010. Last year’s Aspirants’ Cup had the previous record of 13 teams.
Recently-crowned University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) champion Ateneo de Manila University and bridesmaid University of the Philippines (UP) led the 22 teams gunning for the vacant Aspirant’s Cup title with reigning champion Zark’s Burgers-Lyceum of the Philippines University expressing its desire to sit out.
Aside from UP and Ateneo, other collegiate teams are also set to participate including Far Eastern University, University of Santo Tomas, National University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, AMA Online Education, St. Clare, University of Perpetual Help, Letran and D-League pioneer Centro Escolar University.
Not to be left behind is defending Foundation Cup titlist Go For Gold-College of St. Benilde, which is eyeing to add the Aspirants’ Cup to its collection.
Also seeking to return in the prestigious amateur league are familiar ballclubs like Cignal, Che’Lu Bar and Grill, Marinerong Pilipino and Wangs Basketball.
Meanwhile, hoping to make it to the D-League are possible first timers Trinity University, Diliman College, Enderun-Phoenix, Prism Construction, Cha Dao Milk Tea and McDavid.
The deadline for teams to formalize their entries is on 21 December.
All collegiate and amateur players will undergo the Annual PBA D-League Draft on 24 January before the 2019 season kicks off on 14 February at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.