The remaining 12 PBA players of the Philippine national men’s basketball team pool that will compete in major international competitions this year will be announced on January 22.
The announcement will be held before the scheduled game between Ginebra and Phoenix at PhilSports Arena.
Gilas Pilipinas already has 12 sure players on its roster, all of whom are currently playing in the PBA after entering the league through a special draft last year.
Upon the agreement of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the PBA, the national team will also pick one player from each PBA team to complete the 24-man roster that will be the source of the team’s players for major FIBA tournaments.
Comprising the cast of players already signed up with Gilas are Blackwater’s Mac Belo, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright, Star’s Jio Jalalon, Ginebra’s Kevin Ferrer, GlobalPort’s Von Pessumal, Meralco’s Ed Daquioag, Rain or Shine’s Mike Tolomia, Alaska’s Carl Bryan Cruz, Mahindra’s Russell Escoto, TNT’s Roger Pogoy, San Miguel’s Arnold Van Opstal and NLEX’s Fonzo Gotladera.
Expected to be called up by returning Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes are reigning back-to-back MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel, Calvin Abueva of Alaska, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort and Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra, among others.
TNT star Jayson Castro is also reportedly coming out of his national team retirement to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas.
Gilas Pilipinas’ first task this year is the SEABA Championship in April where the team needs to win the crown to qualify for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.
The FIBA Asia Cup is a tournament that will determine the competing teams in the six-window qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup starting in November this year.