Just a few hours after the end of his last game with the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, Chot Reyes is already looking forward to his next challenge.
He is set to take over the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national program full-time, and will helm the team in the annual William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan next month.
Reyes and SMART-Gilas team manager Butch Antonio revealed the original composition of the team for the annual tournament, which would include PBA stars Jayson Castro, Ranidel De Ocampo, Larry Fonacier, Sonny Thoss, LA Tenorio, Mac Baracael, Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood, Enrico Villanueva, Gary David, and Sol Mercado alongside naturalized center Marcus Douthit and former San Beda sharpshooter Garvo Lanete.
Conspicuously missing from the initial list are Talk ‘N Text players who are part of the pool Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams, Ryan Reyes, and Jared Dillinger, who are all battling an assortment of injuries. JVee Casio, another member of the pool, would not be available because he is planning to get married in the offseason.
Last year, SMART-Gilas, coached by Rajko Toroman and led by Douthit, finished third in the Jones Cup. The team played nine games in nine days, winning six, as part of its preparation for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.
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