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Philippines Adds International Flavor To National Pool - Jun 15, 2017


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Fresh from winning the South East Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship to gain the region's sole spot for the FIBA 2019 World Cup Asian qualifier, Gilas Pilipinas looks to continue strengthening the national pool as it prepares for a number of tournaments for 2017.

The Gilas pool already has 27 players in the pool, including NBA veteran and naturalized player Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) of the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. The pool has been divided into the cadets made up of 12 rookies in the local pro league, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), and the PBA veterans. Gilas Coach Vincent Reyes revealed that the plan is to have the cadets join the prestigious William Jones Cup in Taiwan this July as part of the preparation for the Philippines' defense of its gold medal in the South East Asian (SEA) Games scheduled on August in Malaysia. The regular Men's team which won the SEABA will be deployed to represent the country in the FIBA Asia Cup also scheduled on August and the FIBA World Cup qualifier which will start the home-and-away format on November.

Coach Joshua Reyes has recently announced 4 new additions to the Gilas pool, all of whom have had international playing experience. First on the list is 6'5 forward Raymar Jose who spent last season playing for the Taiwanese team Kaohsiung Truth in the Asean Basketball League (ABL). Another notable call-up is 6'0 guard Kiefer Ravena, the former collegiate star who first started playing as an 18 year old for the Philippine Men's Team in the 2011 SEA Games. Ravena was a developmental player for the Texas Legend in the 2016-17 season of NBA D-League. The youngest member of the Gilas pool will be teen sensation Kobe Paras (198-F/C-97). The 6'7 19 year old was a 3-start high school recruit for NCAA Division 1 team Creighton University Blue Jays this previous season. He will be redshirting this school year after announcing his transfer to another NCAA Division 1 school, the Cal State Northridge Matadors. The most curious addition has been Christian Standhardinger (206-F-89, college: Hawaii), a 6'8 Filipino-German who currently plays for SC Rast Vechta in the Bundesliga. Standhardinger played US NCAA basketball for University of Nebraska and University of Hawaii. He has also suited up for the German Under-18 National Team.

Gilas Pilipinas has recently been working to recruit 6'10 American Greg Smith, a former NBA player, who recently played as an import in the PBA. In case Smith's Filipino naturalization pushes through, he will serve as the Gilas naturalized player in cases when Andray Blatche may be unavailable for national team duties. With a healthy balance between youth and experience in the recently expanded national pool, Coach Joshua Reyes hopes Gilas Pilipinas will maintain its dominance in South East Asia and further improve its standing in the Asia Oceania region where it has consistently been one of the top teams.   



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Gilas Pilipinas began its preparation for the FIBA World Cup qualifier this November by forming a 23-man pool from which the final line-up will be culled. Coach Chot Reyes, fully aware that rivals Japan and Chinese-Taipei already started training in October, chose players who made up the Gilas Pilipinas teams in the SEABA held in Manila last May and the FIBA Asia Cup held in Lebanon last August to ensure there is already familiarity with the system that the national team employs [read more]
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Boxing superstar and Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao has officially launched a new league that aims to boost the basketball scene in the Philippines. This is the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) which is scheduled to begin on September 23, Through this initiative, Senator Manny Pacquiao hopes to further contribute to the development of basketball in the country, particularly at the grassroots level. Pacquiao, who is also officially listed as the playing coach of the Kia Pica... [read more]
Tim Lewis Boosts Gilas Preparations- Jul.30, 2017  (by Ariel Ian)

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