Kevin Alas, a hotshot shooting guard for the Letran Knights, has made his commitment to join the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national program’s cadet pool.
Alas confirmed the news to InterAKTV in an exclusive interview Tuesday.
“Wala pang signed contract, pero meron nang commitment,” he said.
The fourth-year guard, the main man for the Knights coached by his father Louie, starred for the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems in the PBA D-League. He was among the conspicuous names cut from the lineup of the Sinag Pilipinas squad, which represented the country in the Southeast Asian Games last year. But Alas will finally get his chance to wear the national colors as part of the pool.
“The cadet pool will be tasked to represent the country in the SEA Games and Asian Games, while the pro pool will represent the country in the FIBA Asia Championship and hopefully, the FIBA World Cup,” said SMART-Gilas team manager Butch Antonio in an earlier interview.
A team made up of players from the cadet pool is scheduled to compete for the country for a Southeast Asian Basketball Association tournament next month that would serve as a qualifier for the FIBA Asia Cup, formerly known as the Stankovic Cup.
It is unclear, however, if Alas and other players would be available for that competition, because of his commitments for Letran, which will be playing in the NCAA basketball tournament.
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