FROM NCAA to PBA.
From Lyceum of the Philippines to Columbian Dyip.
CJ Perez, this year’s No. 1 overall draft pick in the PBA Draft, came to terms with Columbian during a formal meeting with team governor Bobby Rosales at the Azure Residences covered court in Paranaque
Although no figures were released by both Perez and Columbian officials, sources said the former King Pirate signed the maximum three-year deal usually given to a top rookie.
Sources said that amounts to roughly P10 million.
Top rookie picks in Asia’s first play-for-pay league are usually guaranteed two to three year deals.
Under such terms, rookie players will receive P150,000 monthly in his rookie season before his salary escalates to P220,000 per month on his sophomore year and P350,000 per month on the third year.
A former NCAA MVP with Lyceum, Perez is surely worth the money.
“We’re really happy to get him in the draft. Buong tream, even the management, masaya, “said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel, referring to the athletic swingman, who led the Pirates to back-to-back NCAA finals appearances.
“Malaking bagay si CJ sa amin. He can bring more energy to the team. Also, he’s a good team player,” said Cardel.
Cardel, a former PBA player himself, compared Perez to Phoenix star Calvin Abueva.
The 23-year Perez is expected to turn things around for the Dyip, who were widely criticized for letting go of the chance to take Christian Standhardinger last year.
Perez, who will wear the green No. 7 jersey of Phoenix, has already started practicing with his teammates.
The signing of Perez came exactly a day after NorthPort Batang Pier and No. 3 pick Robert Bolick of San Beda University came to terms.
He signed the maximum rookie contract worth P4.4 million together with his manager Marvin Espiritu and NorthPort team manager Bonnie Tan and assistant manager Waiyip Chong.
Bolick, who led San Beda to three straight championships in the NCAA, will be a big addition to the Batang Pier, who have struggled to make the playoffs the past season.
“Robert Bolick is a great addition to the NorthPort Batang Pier Team. With his positivity and winning attitude, what he did in his collegiate career is something you can expect he’ll bring into our team,” Tan said. Perez and Bolick will get the chance to show their wares when the PBA opens its new season on Jan.13