The Philippines has already qualified to co-host the 2023 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup (WC), a newly-assembled crop of young collegiate standouts, the WC Asian Qualifier, and the Range Abando of Latran in July to represent the country at the FIBA Asia Cup.
Less than two weeks after the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) named its first rookie-MVP in seven years, the 6-foot-2 Abando received a call from Glass Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes on Sunday to be part of the talent pool. , Which will be extensively prepared not only for those two international tournaments, but also for next year’s World Cup.
The PBA will begin its 47th season on June 5 and will be well on its Philippine Cup schedule when these two tournaments are played, and PBA Commissioner Willie Marshall believes this is the right thing to do to further consolidate the Gilas.
“Since we are already qualified, I think they (Samahang Basketball NG Polypinus) are trying to expose all the young players to build chemistry,” Marshall told investigators by phone on Sunday. “I think it’s the most logical thing to do because we all want coordination for the team.”
Still ready to help
Marshall said that although the PBA would not break the PH Cup for the two tournaments to be held in New Zealand and Jakarta, respectively, the league would still be there to help a “hybrid” team agree earlier.
That hybrid team could be the nucleus of a PBA squad that will be augmented by the young talent that Reyes recently tapped, Abando counted.
Abando, a one-time University of Santo Thomas star at the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) who moved to Intramuros, averaged 16 points and 6.3 rebounds in the 12-0 season for the Knights, although almost always the top defense for the opposing team.
“We already have a pool that we are going to announce soon for the next [Fiba World Cup Qualifiers] Window and FIBA Asia [Cup]. That’s going to be made up of most college players [from UAAP] And NCAA players who couldn’t join us here [in Hanoi]. So this is the next one, “Reyes told reporters shortly after the Philippines lost to Indonesia in the 31st Southeast Asian Games earlier this month.
Invitees for the camp, which starts on Wednesday, are LeBron Lopez, Atenio’s SJ Belenzel and Dave Ildefenso, Carl Tamayo and James Spencer of UAAP Champion University in the Philippines, and Justin Baltzer of La Salle, who signed with Japan B a week ago. League club Hiroshima.
Tamayo, Ildefonso, Belangel and Baltazar had previously been fit for a young glass squad trained by Tab Baldwin. That team swept the Asia Cup qualifiers in June last year — including two great victories against the old painful South Korea.
Thirty-three Ravenna and Dwight Ramos are taking shape as shoe-ins for the young brigade, as Japan’s B-League will not be until October. Race has identified both players as the cornerstones of the program.
And in contrast to Hanoi, where Reyes tapped Moe Tautua as the country & # 39; s normal player, Anje Koume will be available for the two tournaments where Tautua has already played for PBA and UAAP for San Miguel Bear.
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