Eight teams will make up the first ever PBA League, each with a franchise player (the top eight PBA Tour bowlers in last season's competition-points list) who will select five bowlers to fill out a six-person roster.
The draft order was randomly selected from among those eight bowlers, and follows the rules of a serpentine draft, meaning the bowler who picks eighth also picks ninth, then goes in reverse order until the man with the first pick makes the 16th pick.
The first four rounds of the draft filled out the teams of five, and a supplemental round added one bowler to each team who will bowl in the event of an injury or other source of unavailability to a bowler on the main roster.
All PBA Tour bowlers who declared themselves eligible for the draft were up for grabs by the franchise players. Although a total of more than 140 bowlers put themselves into the draft, only 40 were selected.
Many of the obvious choices went early, even if the exact order involved a few surprises, but an interesting part of the draft involved the supplemental round. Since some of the eligible bowlers were in attendance for the draft, it appeared as if that became a factor in getting selected as the draft neared its end. So, if you're an eligible bowler who wants to get drafted in the future, it might be a good idea to show up and sit in the audience (and make sure the drafters see you).
View the complete rosters of each PBA League team.
PBA League Draft Recap
|3||20||Belmonte||Parker Bohn, III|
|3||22||Rash||Walter Ray Williams, Jr.|
|5||39||Barnes||Jonathan Van Hees|