After several months of waiting, the 5'11 guard of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas has finally made an official announcement saying that he will not join the PBA Draft 2011. Unlike his other teammates in Gilas such as Dylan Ababou, Jayvee Casio, Mark Barroca, and Jason Ballesteros who all passed their PBA Draft applications, Chris Tiu decided not to pass his application earlier today to beat the deadline. Instead of accomplishing the draft requirements, he made an official announcement. Much like a press conference saying that he will not turn pro. Here's his official statement.
"After much prayer and consultation with family and friends, I have decided not to take part in the PBA draft this year. My dream has always been to represent our flag and country by competing in the various international tournaments. Should management wish to invite me, it would be my privilege to continue on with the Gilas national team program. Thank you for the support."
I'm sure some of the basketball fans will not be able to appreciate his official statement because they want to see Chris play in the PBA. The best thing that we can do for Chris right now is for us to just respect his decision and let's just support him all the way no matter what.