Hapee applies for PBA expansion—report

Ivan Saldajeno (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Hapee is heading to the pros.

A report by Spin.PH's Snow Badua said that the Fresh Fighters officially applied for PBA expansion on Tuesday.

The report said that Team Manager Bernard Yang delivered the letter of intent signed by Lamoiyan Corp. owner Cecilio Pedro to the PBA office in Quezon City just after lunch. Pedro later confirmed the development.

However, Hapee also requested for permission to bring in up to seven players from its current D-League team.

Five of the players being eyed by the Fresh Fighters as direct-hires, Arth Dela Cruz, Baser Amer, Scottie Thompson, Troy Rosario, and Chris Newsome, have declared for the PBA Draft and are projected first round picks.

Another player in the list, Ray-Ray Parks, is currently preparing for his stint in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which will begin on Saturday (Philippine Time).

The seventh man, Arnold Van Opstal, already committed to play for one more year for La Salle in the UAAP, which will start on Sept. 5. He played for Cebuana Lhuillier in the D-League Foundation Cup.

Hapee is a known powerhouse team in the D-League's predecessor, the PBL.

The legacy carried over to the D-League, making the finals in both conferences in what could be its only year in the said league and eventually winning the first of two, the Aspirants' Cup.