PBA says Christian Standhardinger is excused from participating in the 2-day draft combine

ByAllan Lim

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Consensus top pick Christian Standhardinger is excused from attending the PBA’s two-day Draft Combine for rookie applicants.

PBA director for external communications Willie Marcial relayed the news amid reports that the Fil-German is facing disqualification after snubbing Day 1 of the required activity.

“Matagal na nagpaalam kay com (Narvasa) sa email na di siya makakasama sa draft combine. Kaya alam na yan ni com,” Marcial said.

The 28-year old Gilas sensation even posted a message on his Instagram and Twitter accounts that read: “Hi guys, Everything is good! It is understood that I am officially under contract in Hong Kong, so I could not be at the PBA Draft Combine. My agent has already informed PBA officials in advance. Looking forward to seeing you all at Draft Day!”

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Standhardinger is widely believed to go as high as number 1 in the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft scheduled on October 29 at Robinson’s Place Manila but is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 Philippine Cup due to a prior commitment with the ABL club Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions.