Jayson Castro was recognized as one of the best players in the region on Sunday night after being selected to be part of the All-Star Five of the FIBA Asia Championship.
The Gilas Pilipinas guard joined Kim Mingoo of South Korea, Lin Chih-Chieh of Chinese Taipei, and Oshin Sahakian and Hamed Haddadi of Iran in the list.
Despite making his debut in a high-level Asian tournament, Castro was solid during the competition, averaging better than 11 points a game.
He was sensational in the last two matches, scoring 17 points in the semifinals against South Korea and 18 in the finals against Iran.
“Ito na siguro biggest achievement ko individually kasi FIBA ito eh,” said Castro, a winner of the Best Player of the Conference in this year’s Philippine Cup and a strong candidate for the season’s Most Valuable Player award in the local pro league.
Castro said that the individual award is just a recognition for the success of Gilas, which won the silver medal to book a seat in next year’s FIBA World Cup.
“Hindi kang ito para sa akin para sa mga teammates ko rin,” he said.
“Dahil sa kanila kaya ako nakapagpakita ng maganda sa FIBA Asia.”
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