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Gilas Aims To Be A Contender in the 2023 FIBA World Cup - Dec 25, 2017

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The consortium made up of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan has won the right to host the 2023 FIBA World Cup and this early, there is a growing sense of anticipation among basketball-crazy Filipino fans that Gilas will be able to form a formidable team that will be highly competitive in its own homecourt.

Some names have been floated as possible members of Gilas 2023 especially with the marching order coming from Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) Chairman Emeritus Manuel V. Pangilinan to already start the formation of the Gilas pool. Current Gilas mainstays who are projected to be the leaders of the national team when the country hosts the World Cup include Terrence Romeo and Roger Pogoy who will both be 31 in 2023, US NCAA Division I product Matthew Wright of St. Bonaventure University who will be 32, and Kiefer Ravena who will only be 30. There are also local collegiate stars CJ Perez, Thirdy Ravena, Robert Bolick, and Ricci Rivero plus US NCAA players 6'7 forward Kobe Paras from Cal State Northridge, 6'5 combo guard Dwight Ramos of Cal State Fullerton, and 5'11 Remy Martin of Arizona State University who are prime candidates to be part of the Gilas pool. There are hopes that Jordan Clarkson of the Los Angeles Lakers will finally be able to suit up for Gilas. National teams from the Philippines have always been bannered by outstanding guards like Jimmy Alapag, LA Tenorio, Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood, and Jason Castro, so it is no surprise that the initial names mentioned for the World Cup are guards and wingmen.

But what really has gotten Gilas fans excited is the possibility that in 2023, the national team will finally have the bigs who can complement the traditionally quick and prolific Filipino backcourt. Gilas veterans 6'10 4-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo will be 33 and versatile 6'7 forward Troy Rosario will be 31, while prospective naturalized player, 7'1 Isaiah Austin, will be 30. These 3 will serve as the anchor of the Gills frontline in 2023. Gilas will also have a deep pool of young bigs to tap for the national pool. There are former Batang Gilas 6'8 Isaac Go of Ateneo and 6'8 Kenmark Carino of San Beda, 6'9 Matthew Aquino of National University, and 6'5 workhorse Santi Santillan of DLSU. Then there are the next generation of Filipino bigs, 7'1 15 year old Ateneo Blue Eaglet Kai Sotto who is projected to grow as tall as 7'5, 6'10 17 year old AJ Edu who is dominating the hoop scene in the UK, 6'10 16 year old Ethan Kirkness, 6'6 18 year old NCAA Juniors MVP Will Gozum of Mapua, 6'7 15 year old Raven Cortez of De La Salle-Zobel, and 6'7 Carl Tamayo who is widely recognized as the best high school forward in the country.

Giles teams in the past have always been undersized and have had to compensate for their lack of height by putting a premium on speed, versatility, and outside shooting. But if the Gilas team can maintain its athleticism while shoring up its frontline, then the Philippines will not only be a competent host but may also be capable of pulling off some surprises in the 2023 FIBA World Cup.  

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In a country where the average height of the male population is just around 5'4, Kai Sotto literally stands head and shoulders above everyone. Filipinos have been enamored with and awed by this giant of a boy who will only be turning 16 this May 11. But there also have been doubters who have dismissed him as nothing more than a tall kid who has nothing else to offer [read more]
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The Gilas Wish List- Feb.5, 2018  (by Ariel Ian)

After PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial announced the lifting of the one-player-per-team limit for the Gilas pool, fans naturally became excited at the prospect of seeing other PBA stars join the national pool. Although Coach Chot Reyes has announced there will be no new players added for the second qualifying window which is less than 3 weeks away, he said they will look into expanding the pool for the succeeding qualifiers. The question now is who are the players who deserve a national... [read more]
Gilas Aims To Be A Contender in the 2023 FIBA World Cup Dec.25, 2017
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