Robert Bolick on skipping PBA draft: I want to graduate as I know basketball is temporary

Some basketball fans were caught by surprise when San Beda star Robert Bolick opted to stay in the collegiate ranks at the close of the PBA Rookie Draft application on Thursday.

Bolick, the 6-2 guard, would have been an easy first-round pick for PBA scouts as he could be mentioned in the same breath with top prospects like Kiefer ravena, Christian Standhardinger, Jeron Teng and Raymar Jose in this year’s draft class.

But the sweet-shooting guard chose to finish his final playing year with San Beda, along with his desire to earn a college degree on Marketing Management.

“After much consideration, I have decided to forgo the PBA draft and play my last year at San Beda,” Bolick said in a statement he relayed through his agent Marvin Espiritu.

“My loyalty to my school and those who have supported me throughout was the prevailing factor. I also want to graduate as I know basketball is temporary. I’d like to sincerely thank the San Beda community for the support and I hope to make them proud.”

The 21-year-old Bolick has honed his skills and has in fact made a name for himself after winning back-to-back titles with Cignal-San Beda in the PBA D-League in the 2017 season. He was also named the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup MVP for his stellar showing.

For now, Bolick is dead serious in helping the Red Lions defend their NCAA men’s basketball crown, having won 14 straight games this season. San Beda as of posting time owns a near perfect record of 15-1, just half a game behind unbeaten Lyceum.

The decision to stay another year in the NCAA could further enhance his skills as well as boost his stock for next year where former UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks and possibly Lyceum guard CJ Perez are considered among the potential top picks.

Parks won’t join this year’s draft after choosing to play another year with Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League under new coach Jimmy Alapag.

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