The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is happy to announce that William Navarro will be added to the Special Gilas Draft. The 6-foot-6 forward from the Ateneo Blue Eagles will be the final addition to the Gilas pool for the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.
“The SBP strongly believes that the program we have now would give us the opportunity to build the best team possible for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup,” said SBP President Al Panlilio. “This is why it was important for us to get the commitment of talented players to join the pool. William Navarro initially begged off from joining but his stint inside the Gilas Pilipinas training bubble has convinced him that this would be the best direction for his development as a basketball player.”
Navarro, who forfeited his final year of eligibility to play in the UAAP, will be joining Jordan Heading, Tzaddy Rangel, and Jaydee Tungcab in the Special Gilas Draft.
“Again, the SBP thanks the PBA Board of Governors and Commissioner Willie Marcial for their flexibility in this matter and for allowing Navarro to join the Gilas pool instead. We know that a lot of teams had their eyes on Navarro but the Board of Governors saw past that to consider the needs of Gilas,” added Panlilio. “He will be the last addition to our pool to give the PBA teams enough time to map out their game-plan for upcoming draft.”