By Matt Sugam
If Mike Rosario doesn’t make it to the NBA, he’s already locked up a spot in a professional league.
The former Rutgers star who transferred to Florida has been picked number three overall in the Puerto Rico basketball league draft today. The St. Anthony’s product played on the Puerto Rican National Team this past summer.
“The way this has worked in Puerto Rico for the last 30 years is that the draft happens and until players exhaust their NCAA eligibility, they don’t sign a contract, practice or play,” Todd Washington, a family friend of Rosario and the founder of the Puerto Rico Playmakers AAU team told SNY.tv.
The Puerto Rican basketball league – which begins April 1 – has been used as a springboard to the NBA by players like Minnesota Timberwolves point guard J.J. Barea. Barea played in the league in 2006 after his senior season at Northeastern before signing with the Dallas Mavericks.
“These players can make a decision to play in Puerto Rico in advance of the NBA Draft and use that as a platform to stay in shape and showcase their abilities to NBA teams,” Washington said.
“Mike and his family and will ultimately have to make the decision as to what’s best for them.”
Adam Zagoria contributed to this report.