Marikina takes a gamble on Corpuz as team enlists him for MPBL season

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FORWARD Jackson Corpuz is still playing in the Philippine Basketball Association, but he had already attracted a suitor in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League — the Marikina Shoemasters.

The shoe capital of the Philippines enlisted the 6-foot-3 Corpuz for this season’s MPBL Datu Cup as Marikina is willing to take a gamble even though it’s still uncertain whether the hardworking forward would stay on as a pro or take an offer to play in the fastest growing regional basketball league in the country.

Corpuz’s manager, Danny Espiritu, told FOX Sports Philippines that his player’s contract would expire in October and since Marikina had already enlisted him is evidence enough that the Shoemasters are willing to wait.

It’s the same scenario they’re facing with JP Calvo, the sensational MPBL guard, who is still going to play for the Letran Knights in the coming NCAA season and would only join his old coach, Elvis Tolentino and the rest of the Shoemasters by October.

The only way Corpuz could would play for Marikina, according to Espiritu, is to give the player a good offer.

If Corpuz would be able to join Marikina, he would become the fourth ex-pro going to play for the Shoemasters, who had already signed up former Barako Bull guard Warren Ybañez and two other former Sta. Lucia center Philip Butel and ex-ABL standout Erwin Sta. Maria, who played before with the Philippine Patriots.

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