Who are included in the Smart Gilas 2 line up!
Chot Reyes will be coaching the New and improved Smart Gilas 2 that will be competing for the FIBA-Asia Championship next year. Sorry for those who like Rajko Toroman , he will not be coaching. Chris Tiu will not be playing aswell, but the good news is that Marcus Douthit who is a naturalized Filipino will still be on the line up. So who did Coach Chot Reyes chose for the Line up of the New Smart Gilas 2.Lets see his wish list below.
Reyes 'Wish List' Gets Nod for Smart Gilas 2 line up
Like the previous PH teams backed by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the composition of the national pool for Smart-Gilas II is loaded with playmakers and outside shooters from where the final lineup will come for the FIBA-Asia Championship next year.
This after the PBA Board of Governors approved Tuesday the ‘‘wish list’’ of 16 players submitted by Smart-Gilas II head coach Chot Reyes for the said event, which is the qualifying for the 2014 World Championship in Spain.
Reyes has named four point guards to the PH pool, Talk ‘N Text's Jimmy Alapag (5’9) and Jayson Castro (5’10), Alaska’s LA Tenorio (5’8) and Petron’s Alex Cabagnot (5’11), as well as four shooting guards led by B-Meg’s James Yap (6’2), Powerade’s pair of Gary David (6’2) and Marcio Lassiter (6’1), and TNT’s Ryan Reyes (6’1).
The small forwards are TNT’s Larry Fonacier (6’2) and versatile players Arwind Santos (6’4) of Petron and Gabe Norwood (6’4) of Rain or Shine.
The frontline will have power forwards Ranidel de Ocampo (6’6) and Kelly Williams (6’6) of TNT, and Marc Pingris (6’4) of B-Meg, as well as centers Sonny Thoss (6’7) of Alaska and Enrico Villanueva (6’5) of Barangay Ginebra.
Of the 16, six are first timers to the PBA PH pool including Castro, Tenorio, Cabagnot, David, Pingris and Fonacier, while Reyes and Villanueva were candidates in the past.
The team will also have naturalized center Marcus Douhtit, the 6-foot-11 native of Los Angeles who played for Smart-Gilas I in the last FIBA-Asia Championship in Wuhan, China.
The Wuhan tourney was the qualifier then for this year’s London Olympics where the Nationals placed fourth overall.
The board, according to PBA Commissioner Chito Salud, has given Reyes a “leeway of adding four more pros to the pool.”
“We (with his coaching staff) have to go back and talk about it. But as of now this is what we have,” Reyes, who coached the 2007 PBA-backed team that finished 9th in the FIBA-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan.
“We’ll talk to these players and we’ll ask them sign to a commitment letter, and make themselves available for the team,” added Reyes, whose has scheduled April 16 as the start of Monday training at the Philsports Arena (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig City.
According to Reyes, the tournaments he’s eyeing this year for Smart-Gilas II are the Jones Cup in Taiwan this August and the Stankovic Cup in Tokyo in September.
After that, Reyes said the next step is to hold a 10-day team building in Spain in January 2013.
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