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FIBA: Search is on for Gilas Pilipinas next naturalized player

As of right now, Gilas Pilipinas has no naturalized player on deck. The hope for the national team is to have more than a couple now moving forward. Ateneo's Angelo Kouame, the Blue Eagles' young 6'10" behemoth out of Ivory Coast, is one of the main priority players for Gilas Pilipinas. "We've just put the name of Angelo Kouame in the [naturalization] process, Ideally for me, I think if we can have three names, so that you have also options," SBP President Al Panlilio said. "So that's a work in progress," he added. Other names in consideration are PBA players Chris McCullough of San Miguel and Justin Brownlee of Barangay Ginebra. However, in the case of McCullough, the talks with him are in the very early stages of development. "We reached out to him. He's committed to be part of it. I guess at the end of the day, commitment and an agreement on a commercial term is different. We're in the early stages of talking to him," Panlilio said on McCullough. "Angelo pa lang so far. And I think, I heard Congressman Mikee Romero put Justin Brownlee's name in the process, so we'll see," he added. While Gilas' search for its next naturalized player is important, finding a head coach also takes priority. Said future head coach might want an input for a naturalized player, after all. "We're also looking into really a full time coach, right? So, parang we're trying to balance. It depends also on the coach. Baka mamaya ibang player ang gusto niya, di ba. So we wanna make sure lang that we don't get somebody that might not fit the program," Panlilio said. "It's quite a difficult time to decide. So my first task in fact is to really maybe start the search for a full time coach for the national team. It starts from there," he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnFeb 28th, 2020

FIBA: Search is on for Gilas Pilipinas next naturalized player

As of right now, Gilas Pilipinas has no naturalized player on deck. The hope for the national team is to have more than a couple now moving forward. Ateneo's Angelo Kouame, the Blue Eagles' young 6'10" behemoth out of Ivory Coast, is one of the main priority players for Gilas Pilipinas. "We've just put the name of Angelo Kouame in the [naturalization] process, Ideally for me, I think if we can have three names, so that you have also options," SBP President Al Panlilio said. "So that's a work in progress," he added. Other names in consideration are PBA players Chris McCullough of San Miguel and Justin Brownlee of Barangay Ginebra. However, in the case of McCullough, the talks with him are in the very early stages of development. "We reached out to him. He's committed to be part of it. I guess at the end of the day, commitment and an agreement on a commercial term is different. We're in the early stages of talking to him," Panlilio said on McCullough. "Angelo pa lang so far. And I think, I heard Congressman Mikee Romero put Justin Brownlee's name in the process, so we'll see," he added. While Gilas' search for its next naturalized player is important, finding a head coach also takes priority. Said future head coach might want an input for a naturalized player, after all. "We're also looking into really a full time coach, right? So, parang we're trying to balance. It depends also on the coach. Baka mamaya ibang player ang gusto niya, di ba. So we wanna make sure lang that we don't get somebody that might not fit the program," Panlilio said. "It's quite a difficult time to decide. So my first task in fact is to really maybe start the search for a full time coach for the national team. It starts from there," he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2020

Senator endorses Kouame& rsquo;s naturalization

Senator Joel Villanueva endorsed at the Senate the grant of Filipino citizenship to Ateneo standout Ange Kouame, who is being eyed by Gilas Pilipinas as its naturalized player for the upcoming 2021 FIBA Regional Qualifiers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2021

Baldwin, Ravena biggest influencers for Kouame in ‘Calambubble’

By CARLO ANOLIN Soon-to-be naturalized player Angelo Kouame described coach Tab Baldwin and Kiefer Ravena as his biggest influencers during the training camp in the “Calambubble.” Before the fiasco that hounded the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, Kouame, Baldwin, Ravena, and the rest of Gilas Pilipinas pool are holed up at the Inspire Sports Academy […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2021

Gilas all-homegrown in Qatar FIBA play

Unlike opponents South Korea and Indonesia, Gilas Pilipinas will play the coming FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in its new location in Doha, Qatar without a naturalized player......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 29th, 2021

Chot says versatile big ideal for Gilas

Former Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes batted for a tall naturalized player with a fine shooting touch to complement the nationals’ young core that should include a tougher Kai Sotto in the 2023 FIBA World Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

Future-proofing Gilas is the best way to go says Toroman

Rajko Toroman sure had a thing going with his original Gilas Pilipinas team about a decade ago. Made up of mostly the top collegiate players, the original Gilas Pilipinas, reinforced by a naturalized player in Marcus Douthit and a few PBA players, came two wins away from a breakthrough Olympics stint. In the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championships, Toroman's Gilas lost in the semifinals to Tab Baldwin's Jordan team. Coach Rajko says that that set up could totally work for Gilas Pilipinas and it seems like the current brains of the national team program have realized it as well, forming a core group of young players headlined by Thirdy Ravena and Isaac Go. "I think that the program was great that time. I think in this moment, there is a mix. They have to make some young players play tournaments, take some international exposure," Toroman said on the Coaches Unfiltered podcast. "But also when it comes time for the results, you need to have the best 5-6 players from the collegiate and the best 5-6 players from the PBA. I think this mix will be the best thing," he added. Sending an all-amateur team to top international tournaments may be impossible for a country like the Philippines, especially if the national team will be looking to win medals in Asia and be competitive against the world. However, a national team featuring battle-tested young guys reinforced by the current best looks to be the best set up. That way, the next versions of the Gilas team will still have its best players all while being future-proof. A better relationship now between the PBA and SBP can certainly make that happen. "I think in this period, it's easier to make it like this because of the connection of the PBA and SBP is much better than in my time," coach Rajko said. "I think this is the best way to make some younger players get exsposure and then make the best team possible," Toroman added.     — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

PB(A)BL: Christian Standhardinger adds to own hype with Hong Kong stop

Not all players take the same route going to the PBA, each player will have his own story to tell. This series will be about those who chose a different path, those who had to hustle overseas at one point in their careers before eventually landing in the PBA. Here, we take a look at current big-name PBA players who spent some time in the other major basketball league with Philippine teams in the region: the Asean Basketball League. They don’t have to play for a Filipino team, after all, the ABL is a great place where Filipino talents can shine even while playing for other countries. [Related: PB(A)BL: Like a Dragon, Matthew Wright brought fire in Malaysia's dream season] The penultimate entry to the series is about Christian Standhardinger and impressive season with Hong Kong Eastern.   Stop and Go Christian Standhardinger became one of the busiest basketball players in the region by the time he travelled to Manila in mid-2017 following his call-up to Gilas Pilipinas. The Fil-German forward became the national team’s de facto naturalized player during that year’s Jones Cup, FIBA-Asia Cup, and SEA Games. After Gilas was removed from medal contention in the FIBA-Asia Cup in Lebanon, Standhardinger left to join the SEA Games team in Kuala Lumpur. In between, Standhardinger found the time to sign with the ABL’s Hong Kong Eastern and make himself available for the PBA Draft (more on that later). Standhardinger officially debuted for Hong Kong Eastern on November 19 2017, scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in a win against Alab Pilipinas. Hong Kong entered the 2017-2018 season as defending champions and with Standhardinger, the team obviously targeted back-to-back titles. Unfortunately, HK couldn’t keep its success against Alab. Despite taking home-court advantage, Hong Kong got swept in the semifinals by the Philippine team led by Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman. Alab would go on to win the championship, beating Mono Vampire in five games. Standhardinger played a total of 22 games in his lone ABL season for Hong Kong, shooting 50 percent from the field for 22.5 points per game on top of 11.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals. He had his most productive outing in Thailand, posting 40 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, and five steals in a Hong Kong win over Mono Vampire.   Gilas to ABL to PBA Christian Standhardinger officially made his Gilas debut in July 2017 in the Jones Cup and would eventually help the team to a fourth-place finish. Exactly one month after his Gilas debut, it was reported that he would suit up for Hong Kong Eastern. In early September, Standhardinger declared for the PBA Draft and was taken first overall by the Beermen on October 29, 2017. The Draft became infamous as San Miguel made a deal with Kia to acquire the number 1 pick. The deal, approved by then PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, caused enough controversy that the PBA Board actually separated into two separate factions. The deal also paved the way for Narvasa’s resignation and Willie Marcial stepping in to become the new PBA Commissioner. But back to Standhardinger, CS didn’t immediately join the Beermen as less than a month after the PBA Draft, the ABL season would start. After months of anticipation, Standhardinger finally debuted for San Miguel in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup but the Beermen failed to defend their mid-season title, losing to Ginebra in the Finals. Despite a rocky stint with San Miguel, CS would win two championships with the team in the 2019 season. But even as the Beermen went through all that trouble to acquire the rights to pick him first, Standhardinger only lasted four full conferences with the team. Standhardinger’s trade away from San Miguel made big news late in 2019, but the move pretty much “freed” the hard-working forward. With Northport Standhardinger led the Batang Pier to the Governors’ Cup semifinals, having a better finish than San Miguel. CS also won his first-ever Best Player of the Conference award after an incredible breakout performance for his new team.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2020

McCullough for Gilas Pilipinas? SBP chief says there is interest

MANILA, Philippines – The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has reached out to Chris McCullough as Gilas Pilipinas looks to build a pool of naturalized players in the run-up for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. SBP president Al Panlilio bared the federation has been in touch with the former NBA player, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2020

FIBA: Young guns to step up in post-Blatche era Gilas

The plan is to get a pool of naturalized players eventually, but to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas is going full All-Filipino. The Philippines has no naturalized player listed in its original 24-man lineup for the pair of games against Thailand and Indonesia this month. It's a different kind of challenge as Gilas has relied on naturalized players like Marcus Douthit and Andray Blatche — even Christian Standhardinger if we're being technical about it — through the years. "Tulung-tulong na lang talaga," veteran Marc Pingris said. Pingris has some experience in pushing Gilas to key victories in the absence of naturalized players. The Philippines got its ticket to the 2014 FIBA World Cup with an All-Filipino crew. "Kahit wala kaming naturalized player, ang dami naman okay na player na bata," Pingris added. For this brand-new Gilas team, Pingris sees a different approach for the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. All the fresh legs in the national team pool will be utilized accordingly says Pingris. The future is certainly bright. "More running game itong team ngayon," Pingris said. "But kailangan nila ng guide, kailangan nila ma-absorb kung paano maglaro sa FIBA, ito future natin eh. Nandito lang kami para i-guide sila," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

Gilas Pilipinas, SBP moving on from Blatche

MANILA, Philippines – Naturalized player Andray Blatche may not be a part Gilas Pilipinas' future plans anymore.  Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio bared they are looking at other prospects to fill in the naturalized player spot as the country gears up for the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2020

Frustration hits tipping point as Blatche ends FIBA World Cup ejected

BEIJING, China – Andray Blatche getting thrown out in what could be his final FIBA World Cup game for Gilas Pilipinas epitomized how the tournament turned out for him and the team: frustrating and agonizing.  The naturalized player could not contain his disappointment any longer as he headed to the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2019

Nothing but gold

There is no doubt that Philippine basketball is all about Gilas Pilipinas. Naturalized player Andray Blatche is billed as the greatest gift to basketball-crazy Filipinos as his all-around brilliance during the FIBA World Championship in 2014 served as a source of pride and joy to a country desperate for modern-day heroes. Local stars like Jimmy […] The post Nothing but gold appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 31st, 2019

FIBA: Clarkson has well wishes for Gilas as he misses World Cup

Gilas Pilipinas is moving on from Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson is in the original 19-man Gilas team for the upcoming FIBA World Cup in China and naturally, the plan was for him to pair up with Andray Blatche to form a deadly 1-2 combo. However, the Philippines is sticking to Blatche as its guy for the naturalized player spot and Jordan, who is Fil-American but not counted as a local by FIBA, is once again left in the dust. “I have utmost respect for coach Guiao and confident he knows what’s best moving forward,” Jordan’s father Mike Clarkson said in a statement via Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News’ North American bureau. “As you’re aware, Jordan’s worked extremely hard to stay prepared for the ‘call of duty,’” he added. Despite being in the 19-man lineup Clarkson didn’t practice once with Gilas in preparation for the World Cup. Even if he’s somehow cleared to play, inserting him to the final team at the last minute would probably do more harm than good at this point. “He isn’t a selfish player and wouldn’t want to be a disruption to the team,” Mike Clarkson said of his son. “Team chemistry is paramount when competing against the best players in the world.  Unfortunately, without adequate practice time, their rhythm can be adversely affected,” the elder Clarkson added. Gilas starts World Cup play on Aug. 31 against Italy and the Clarksons are looking forward to a great tournament by the national team even of they’re not directly included this time. “The Gilas are a very talented group and play well together. I’m looking forward to watching them go to work. The entire Clarkson family will be there in spirit rooting for them to come out victorious,” Clarkson said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2019

Guiao seeks better conditioning for Blatche, better chemistry for Gilas

MANILA, Philippines – The FIBA World Cup is just around the corner, and Yeng Guiao is looking to ramp up preparations for Gilas Pilipinas and naturalized player Andray Blatche. Guiao said that Blatche will begin training daily with PBA team NLEX, while the national team will start practicing daily ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2019

Blatche back as Gilas boosts buildup for FIBA World Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas is back at full strength as naturalized player Andray Blatche practiced with the national team again on Monday, July 15 – less than two months before the 2019 FIBA World Cup comes off the wraps. The former NBA player, who arrived in the country on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Andray Blatche hits town, joins Gilas in World Cup buildup

Gilas Pilipinas cranks up its FIBA World Cup build-up with naturalized player Andray Blatche now on board......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2019

Blatche tells Gilas he’s available for Phl 5

MANILA, Philippines - Andray Blatche is still keen on playing for Gilas Pilipinas as its naturalized player in the coming major FIBA tournaments......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 29th, 2016

Blatche still keen on playing for Gilas

MANILA, Philippines – Andray Blatche is still keen on playing for Gilas Pilipinas as its naturalized player in the coming major FIBA tournaments......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 29th, 2016

Senate OKs naturalization of Kouame, Maranon; Gilas back in bubble training

By WAYLON GALVEZ Gilas Pilipinas recruit Angelo Kouame and Philippine Azkals player Bienvenido Maranon just need the “signature” of President Duterte to become naturalized Filipino citizens. This came after their naturalization papers were both approved by the Senate on the third and final reading Monday night. Duterte has the final say on whether to grant the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMar 15th, 2021

Go co-sponsors ‘Kouame’ bill

The bid to get Gilas Pilipinas prospect Angelo Kouame naturalized possibly in time for the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers got a major boost with Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go and his colleagues rallying behind the bill seeking his Philippine citizenship......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 4th, 2021