Max deal for top pick CJ

December 20, 2018

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