MANILA, Philippines – The Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes is calling all hands on-board when the Philippines men’s national basketball team resumes practice on June 20, posting a tweet on Friday, June 9 of an invite list that includes Gilas cadets and some new big names.
Included in the Twitter post are cadets Jio Jalalon, Mike Tolomia, Almond Vosotros, Ed Daquioag, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Von Pessumal, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo and Alfonso Gotladera. The 4 surprising entries to the Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team were Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Raymar Jose and Christian Standhardinger.
Jose, an FEU Tamaraw basketball player, stands 6-foot-5 and has been playing for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) D-League’s Cignal HD, while Kobe Paras recently announced his transfer from Creighton University to Cal State Northridge in the United States NCAA basketball tourmanet. Kiefer Ravena has been preparing for the upcoming FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2017 later this June, where he’ll team up with Kobe Paras.
The least familiar of the names included is 27-year-old Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger from Munich who played college basketball at University of Nebraska and University of Hawaii, and has been playing in the German league ProA, where he was the 2016 MVP.
Meanwhile, PBA veterans in the Gilas Pilipinas roster were not announced yet, as cadets can be released by their teams 60 days before a tournament and regular basketball players will report 15 days before.
The upcoming basketball tournaments for the Philippines’ national basketball team include the SEA Games in Malaysia and FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon, both scheduled for August, while the William Jones Cup in Taiwan is set for July 14-23.
Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes tweeted on June 6 that “This year’s Jones Cup field is tough” but a decision regarding whether the Philippines will compete in the tune-up meet has not been revealed yet.