SOUTHWESTERN University (SWU) athletic director Ryan Aznar said they were disappointed when the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Board stood pat on an amended rule that disallowed players from the PBA D-League to join the Cesafi.
The Cesafi included the D-League in the list of semi-professional leagues but Cesafi players aren’t allowed to join along with the Philippine Basketball League and the Liga Pilipinas.
SWU, which was hoping to acquire power forward Chris Dumapig, expect the Cesafi board will reconsider its decision after PBA D-League Commissioner Chito Salud said the league was developmental and not semi-pro.
Dumapig used to play for Centro Escolar University and had expressed his intention to join SWU.
He played in the D-League under the Café France Bakers team.
Aznar said their plan to acquire players who have played in higher leagues is to put into motion their goal to improve the team’s level of play, have a better finish in the Cesafi, and to pull off a more decent finish in national competitions.
“The thing about having strong players is it motivates the other players to work harder,” Aznar said.
He said if they stop the teams from getting experienced players, their play will remain in the barangay level.
“We can never compete against Manila teams in the national level,” said Aznar.
Another issue that was settled was the residency rule.
The Cesafi board decided that the new rule will take effect next year.
Athletes who transferred schools need to serve a one-year residency based on the old ruling.
This time, athletes need to serve a two-year residency before suiting up for their new team.
This means that those who served the residency last year can now play this year.
Those who transferred schools this year will be subject to the two-year residency rule.
The screening for players will be on July 11 and the opening of the 2012 Cesafi season will be on July 28. PNA