There’s a hidden gem in a minor professional basketball league in the Philippines and not everyone knows about him yet. Starting as a point guard for the Sarangani Marlins of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), Kyt Jimenez is taking Philippine basketball by storm through his impeccable performances in his rookie season. Due to his outstanding display of talent, he is en route to becoming a rookie MVP when the season concludes. However, some fans think that he does not belong in MPBL. After becoming the first ever to tally a quadruple-double in the league, there’s already an argument that Kyt Jimenez is good enough to play in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). That being said, is it time for Kyt to get drafted by a PBA team?
Starting from the bottom up
Krystoffe “Kyt” Jimenez was famously known to begin his roots as a basketball prospect under the wings of coach Mavrick Bautista of Mavs Phenomenal basketball. Though he played in collegiate basketball, his time with Mavs was known all over the Philippines.
The 5-foot-11 point guard started making noise back when he was with coach Mavs as they toured around the country to battle street ballers from different cities. These games were showcased through their group’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Right after his debut in the MPBL, Kyt has already shown that he has what it takes to play on the professional stage. Through his first 20 games, he is already averaging 17.2 points, 4.7 assists, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.8 steals a night. With these averages, he is currently top 5 in points, top 6 in defensive rebounds, and leads the league in steals.
As early as now, there’s no denying that Kyt is an exceptional talent. Not only can he score the ball, but he can also knock down three-pointers like they’re nothing. He also has speed and strength plus he is a very active defender. Take note that he is not playing with scrubs anymore, but rather with professionals such as ex-PBA players and undrafted college ballers.
But, is Kyt Jimenez eligible for a PBA draft in the future?
According to the PBA, a draftee must be able to check all of the requirements below:
- Be 22 years old on the day of the draft, previously 21. If the players are 19 or older but not yet 22, they must have completed at least two years of college eligibility. Formerly, applicants younger than 21 must have either been college graduates or played four years of their eligibility;
- Be also 22 or above and four years removed from their high school graduation or have had only one year of college basketball;
- Play at least seven games in one PBA Developmental League conference;
- Reach at least 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m) in height.
So, the answer to the question of whether Kyt is eligible or not is: YES!
Kyt is now 25 years old and has played college ball at the University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA in the NCAA. And, although he hasn’t played in developmental leagues, he has played in a much better platform, namely the MPBL. Top that with his listed height of 5’11”, Kyt can definitely play in the PBA if he decides to do so in the future. Despite the urge of the public for him to go pro in the PBA, Kyt is laser-focused on winning in his stint with Sarangani Marlins. However, he is very open to joining the PBA very soon.
The question now is when is Kyt willing to jump the gun and which team should he get drafted to?
Which PBA team should take a chance on this rising star? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. For more content, stay with us, here at Spiel Times.
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