Bulanadi after being told he was in Gilas special draft: 'Wrong number yata kayo'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 05, 2020 02:34 PM
Bulanadi on Gilas special draft: 'Wrong number yata kayo'
(Photo by Richard Esguerra)

In just five years, Allyn Bulanadi has gone from representing Davao in the Palarong Pambansa to getting recruited by San Sebastian College-Recoletos to rising as a star for the Golden Stags to raising his game in the MPBL with Basilan.

"Sobrang layo. After ng Palaro, hindi na ako umuwi ng Davao eh, dumiretso agad ako ng Manila," he said, reacting to CPT Crossover Podcast host Cedelf Tupas who said he has come a long way. "Dire-diretso lang lahat e."

Actually, the 6-foot-3 swingman has indeed come even farther than just being a part of the Mythical Selection in the NCAA and an All-Star in the MPBL.

Now, Bulanadi is part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.

Of course, he is nothing but thankful to have a shot at wearing the flag.

This, even though at first, the 22-year-old was beside himself when told he was in the Gilas pool. "May game kami sa GenSan nun, tinawagan ako na kasama raw ako sa special draft. Hindi pa ako naniwala eh," he recalled

He then continued, "Sabi ko, 'Wrong number yata kayo?'"

In the 2019 PBA Draft, a so-called special rookie selection process was held for hopefuls who were in the national team including Bulanadi, Isaac Go, Rey Suerte, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt.

That allowed those young talents to get drafted by their respective mother teams, but still give priority to Gilas.

And so, Bulanadi has gone from a little-known promising prospect from Davao to an Alaska Ace on loan to the national team.

"Yun pala, totoo yung wrong number. Sa awa ng Diyos, napili naman sa special draft," he said. "Salamat lang talaga sa Gilas kasi nasilip nila yung potential ko."


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