Will Aljamal Still play?

22 08 2007

SAN Beda College is hoping that the NCAA Management Committee (Man Com) will allow starting forward Yousif Aljamal to play today against Jose Rizal University.

The decision whether to allow or not Aljamal to play depends on the final decision of the Man Com today, August22 in the morning at The Arena in San Juan City.

But there were unconfirmed reports last Tuesday that the Man Com has already debarred Aljamal from playing in the Red Lions’ remaining games – including today’s game against host JRU.

The Man Com reportedly penalized 6-foot-4 Aljamal after allegedly failing to inform them of his inclusion in the PBA rookie draft last Sunday at the Market, Market in Taguig City.

He was among the five rookies picked by Air21. Aljamal was selected at eighth after the Express got Ateneo men JC Intal and Doug Kramer.

Based on the existing ruling in the NCAA, no player is allowed to play outside the tournament especially without permission.

The PBA rookie training camp last week is considered a tournament outside the NCAA, so it was clear that Aljamal had violated that ruling since he played there.

But the NCAA relented and said it would allow its players to participate on a condition that the player or players will have to seek permission from the league like what happened in 2006 when PCU Gabby Espinas, Letran’s Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban joined the draft. However, Aljamal did not notify the NCAA ManCom.

If the Man Com decided unfavorably, San Beda College rector-president Rev. Fr. Mateo de Jesus will strongly protest the Man Com’s decision by appealing to the NCAA policy board to nullify Aljamal’s disqualification.

The policy board, made up of presidents from the member schools, is set to act on Aljamal’s case before Wednesday’s triple-bill capped by the Mapua-Saint Benilde clash at 4 p.m.

“There is no clear-cut policy or any written ruling that an NCAA player who wishes to be part of the PBA needs to secure the permission of the NCAA’s Man Com,” said De Jesus in a press statement.

“This decision of the Man Com is clearly unfair and one-sided, and quite contrary to the spirit of collegiality that the NCAA seeks to foster.

“This episode could create the misperception that the NCAA is, in fact, not supportive of its players seeking to move up to the professional ranks.”

The defending champion Red Lions have won their last three games en route to a pacesetting 8-win, 1-loss record and a berth in the Final Four. They advanced ahead of the idle Letran College Knights, who are assured of a playoff for a semifinal slot at 7-2.

The third-running JRU Heavy Bombers (6-3) are looking to put their foot inside the Final Four when they tackle the Red Lions.

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6 responses

22 08 2007
procopio

wala naman ruling e. jologs talga JRU!

22 08 2007
kobe08881

well, di naman mabigat ang ginawa ni aljamal… dapat payagan pa rin si aljamal na palaruin kase last year naman nya to….

22 08 2007
redredred

masyadong harsh sila… that’s all i can say :))

23 08 2007
stewie

Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think a training camp is a tournament. In a tournament, a prize (trophy) is up for grabs. Training camps don’t have prizes to give away. Only playing contracts for a good player.

23 08 2007
christian

JRU – CHEAPSHOT!!!

25 08 2007
redredred

TRO extension granted. mwahahaha!!

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