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Future is bright for Gilas

Three things stood out in Gilas’ twin wins over Thailand in the recent FIBA Asia Cup second qualifying window in Bahrain......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarDec 1st, 2020

Bright and promising Fil-Am talent pool key for Gilas women s future

The talent is so abundant, Aquino said, that it would prove vital to the program's future — with the organization of youth teams in mind......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2021

Future is bright for Gilas

Three things stood out in Gilas’ twin wins over Thailand in the recent FIBA Asia Cup second qualifying window in Bahrain......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 1st, 2020

SBP hails all-cadet Gilas after Thailand conquest

The future looks bright for Philippine basketball......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 1st, 2020

2020 king of recruiting crown remains on UP’s head

Who was our King of Recruiting in 2018? Find out here. Who was our King of Recruiting in 2019? Find out here. --- From 2007 to 2015, the University of the Philippines only had 13 wins to show in 126 games total. That time is self-deprecatingly called in Diliman as the dark days. Due to that disappointing standing, the Fighting Maroons had the toughest time bringing in recruits. And due to that lack of pieces to the puzzles, they lost even more. Safe to say, State U was stuck in a vicious cycle in the dark days. That’s not to say they didn’t have blue-chip recruits back then as in their time, all of Woody Co, Mark Juruena, Mike Gamboa, Kyles Lao, Jett Manuel, and Mikee Reyes were among the best high school players. Only, a blue-chip recruit or two does not make a team. Fast forward to now and oh, how things have changed. Last year, UP was hailed as ABS-CBN’s King of Recruiting alongside University of the East. “On the strength of the transfers of Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero, the Fighting Maroons… are worthy of the title,” it said then. And the season before that, the maroon and green was also up there with the best of them in terms of recruitment, having brought in the likes of eventual Season MVP Bright Akhuetie, Will Gozum, and Jaydee Tungcab. Indeed, there was nowhere to go but up. That has only continued this year as UP has left no doubt that it is now a force to reckon with in terms of recruitment. Early on, they already had a solid haul in Joel Cagulangan, once the best point guard in high school, and tireless workhorse Malick Diouf. And then, the shock of shocks. As it turned out, Nazareth School of National University stalwarts Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano were going to be Fighting Maroons. Meaning, for the first time in recent history, the most promising prospect coming out of high school is headed to Diliman. Not only that, State U also answered its biggest question heading into next season – the question at point guard, filling in for Jun Manzo. But as it turned out, they weren’t done just yet - no, our friends, they weren’t done just yet. Tamayo and Abadiano’s departure from National U was shocking, without a doubt, but CJ Cansino’s exit from University of Sto. Tomas was even more so. Cansino, against his will, decided to move on from his alma mater since 2015 due to personal reasons. Fortunately for him, he landed on his feet. Now, the Fighting Maroons have ready-made replacement for Rivero as well as a leader in the shades of Paul Desiderio for UAAP 84. And that, our friends, is why we have no choice but to put the 2020 King of Recruiting crown on UP’s head once more. Tamayo and Abadiano are the bluest of blue-chip recruits this year and Cagulangan, Cansino, and Diouf are among the most talented transferees, but also joining them in the maroon and green will be scoring machine RC Calimag from La Salle Green Hills, burly big Miguel Tan from Xavier High School, Filipino-American playmaker Sam Dowd, Filipino-Australian tower Ethan Kirkness, physical forward Jancork Cabahug from University of Visayas, and versatile wing CJ Catapusan from Adamson University. The former Bullpups are guaranteed ato be contributors even as rookies while Calimag, Tan, and Dowd are going to shore up a bench that had just lost Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan. Of course, Diouf, Kirkness, Cansino, Cabahug, and Cagulangan are still serving residency, but when they will be eligible, they will get a shot at a squad that will look brand new. All of Bright Akhuetie, J-Boy Gob, David Murrell, Noah Webb, and Rivero are graduating players while Paras is only guaranteed to play one more year. That means that after Season 83, the Fighting Maroons may very well have to fill six spots. That means that UP is not only beefing up for UAAP 83, it is also securing its future. If not for the shock of shocks, though, the crown would have been claimed by De La Salle University which sent a statement that it is back and better than ever. Justine Baltazar and Aljun Melecio may be playing their fifth and final years in college, but the green and white’s future has only brightened following this prolonged preseason. First and foremost, Kevin Quiambao, the third leg in that National U tripod of talent out of high school, has the capability and confidence to follow in the footsteps of Baltazar. Hopefully, he will be eligible for Season 83, but if not, what’s certain is he will be playing in UAAP 84. Alongside him as pieces for the future are super scorers CJ Austria and Emman Galman, all-around swingman Joshua Ramirez, and Filipino-Americans Jeromy Hughes, Kameron Vales, and Philips bros. Benjamin and Michael. Among all those, Jonnel Policarpio, likened to a young Arwind Santos, has the highest upside, but the Fil-Ams have much potential as well. And don’t forget that Evan Nelle, the primetime playmaker from San Beda University, is just getting primed and prepped to take the reins when Melecio leaves. Of course, the caveat here is that we are all in uncharted territory due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis. And in that light, the next season of the UAAP remains far away and a lot could still happen until then. While majority of the local blue-chip recruits have already committed, talents from abroad and transferees from other schools could still come and change the game. With that being said, there remains no doubt that UP and La Salle have made the biggest noise in the offseason. However, it’s not actually the Fighting Maroons or the Green Archers who got the lion’s share of the best graduating players in the 2020 NBTC 24. Yes, that honor belongs to Lyceum of the Philippines University which is finally reaping the rewards of its rising Jrs. program with NCAA 95 Jrs. MVP John Barba and Batang Gilas playmaker Mac Guadana being promoted as full-fledged Pirates. Guadana could do it all and looks like the next great guard in the Grand Old League while fearless slasher is Barba is a perfect complement to him. Add another fiery guard in John Bravo and sweet-shooting big man Carlo Abadeza and LPU has restocked its coffers after losing Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee and Cameroonian powerhouse Mike Nzeusseu. In all though, the 2020 NBTC 24 was dominated by UP… and San Beda. Of the annual rankings’ 15 graduating players, four would be Fighting Maroons and another four would be Red Lions. Yes, San Beda’s grassroots program is back on track with its Jrs. championship core all remaining in red and white. Rhayyan Amsali, ranked no. 1 in the 2020 NBTC 24, is the most college-ready high school player while Justine Sanchez is a long-limbed forward who could turn out to be the next Calvin Oftana, you know, the NCAA 95 MVP. Yukien Andrada, meanwhile, is only continuing to develop his two-way game and Tony Ynot is a 3-and-D weapon who had even left an impression on Jalen Green. And hey, as somebody said, don’t sleep on the UAAP’s three-time defending champions. Ateneo may already be missing Isaac Go, Thirdy Ravena, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt and they may not be making noise as of late, but they are still welcoming Dave Ildefonso and Dwight Ramos with open arms. Ildefonso will only be good to go come UAAP 84, but Ramos is already being seen by head coach Tab Baldwin as a difference-maker for the Blue Eagles in Season 83. Eli, Dwight’s younger brother, is also in the mix to backstop SJ Belangel and Tyler Tio. Note also that former blue-chip recruit Inand Fornilos may very well finally get his shot while both Jolo Mendoza and Raffy Verano are also back. Ateneo’s foe in the Finals last year also reloaded quite a bit as for the third year in a row, UST will be sending the Tiger Cubs’ best player to the Srs. squad. Following in the footsteps of Cansino and Mark Nonoy, post player Bismarck Lina will be a Growling Tiger next season. Alongside him to fortify the frontcourt are Christian Manaytay, Bryan Samudio, and Bryan Santos while bolstering the backcourt are Joshua Fontanilla and Paul Manalang. Speaking of fortifying the frontcourt, Far Eastern University is the team that got the biggest boost in terms of size. With 6-foot-7 Nigerian Emman Ojoula’s residency over and done with, the go-go guards of the Tamaraws have yet another weapon to burn opponents with. CESAFI MVP Kevin Guibao and transferee Simone Sandagon are no slouches either while Cholo Anonuevo has a roster spot waiting for him if and when he decides to come home after trying his luck in the US. RJ Abarrientos no longer appears here as he was already in FEU’s list last year. These are the new faces to see for the other teams: CSB Blazers LETRAN Knights JRU Heavy Bombers MAPUA Cardinals ADAMSON Soaring Falcons UE Red Warriors --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020

Alapag: Bolick, Perez future stars

PBA legend Jimmy Alapag singled out NorthPort’s Robert Bolick and Terra Firma’s CJ Perez as players with a bright future in the pro league during The Philippine STAR sports talk show “Beyond The Game With The Dean,” adding that he’s a big fan of the young bucks who suited up for Gilas at the FIBA World Cup in China last year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2020

'6OAT June Mar Fajardo keeps his eye on 7 2' Kai Sotto

Kai Sotto might as well be the Philippines' greatest chance of having a homegrown talent to play in the NBA. The 7'2" teen phenom took a huge step towards realizing that dream, choosing to forego college in the US and instead play in the NBA G League. In the Select team, Kai will team up with top prospect Jalen Green and will be coached by former Laker Brian Shaw. The basketball-crazy Filipinos will be paying attention, including six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, the best local player today and perhaps even ever. "First yung height niya, sobrang tangkad," June Mar said on Kai's greatest strengths. Fajardo talked briefly about Sotto in an interview with Ms. Dyan Castillejo for Sports U. "Tapos yung skills niya, sobrang ganda ng mga galaw. Napapanood ko mga videos niya, sobrang ganda. Dami ko rin natutunan," June Mar added of Kai. The 6'10" Fajardo always did have good words for Kai. [Related: June Mar on Kai: Grabe yung potential niya] The two behemoths got the chance to meet during Gilas Pilipinas practice over two years ago and June Mar was already in awe of Kai, who was only 15-years-old then. "Grabe yung potential niya, sobrang bright ng future niya," Fajardo said of Sotto.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 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

The Next Phase for the UAAP Season 82 Graduates

UAAP Season 82 gave us one hell of a basketball season. And now that it’s over, some of the players we’ve been rooting for over the years are now moving on to the next phase of their lives. So, what’s next for these athletes? Let’s take a look at some of the guys we’ll be missing on the UAAP court come next season. Isaac Go Isaac Go ended his UAAP career with three championships under his belt. Now, he’s the first overall pick in the Gilas round of the 2019 PBA Draft. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine to be in this position. I’m just grateful and excited at this point,” said the PBA’s top rookie. And while Go has always said that he wanted to immediately take his talents from college basketball to the pros, Isaac now has to take a detour for yet another huge hoops opportunity—to don the blue and white for the national team. Isaac isn’t doing too bad for an athlete who was once referred to as a “big, fat kid.”   Rey Suerte Rey Suerte only spent one season in the UAAP, but he certainly made it count by averaging these numbers: 17.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. He seems to have left a lasting impression, as Suerte is now a member of Blackwater after being selected as the second overall pick in the Gilas round of the 2019 PBA Draft. Some may say that luck is a factor in such accolades, but it’s hard work that put Suerte in this position.   Renzo Subido Renzo Subido made sure that his name won’t soon be forgotten in UAAP lore when he nailed the shot of his life right in front of UP’s Bright Akhuetie. This dagger sent UST to the UAAP Finals, giving the Tigers the chance to dethrone the Ateneo Blue Eagles. And while it didn’t end the way he wanted, Subido remains grateful for all the opportunities, especially now that he’s a member of NorthPort Batang Pier.   Thirdy Ravena One major name was conspicuously missing from the 2019 PBA Draft—Thirdy Ravena. The three-time Finals MVP decided to skip it altogether to focus on training overseas and possibly competing in international leagues. This is the same route his brother Kiefer Ravena took when he graduated from UAAP competition. The elder Ravena trained for a year in the US and had a short stint in the NBA G-League before joining the PBA. Regardless of what Thirdy does, the future seems bright for Ateneo’s former top star. The UAAP memories will live on, but these athletes are now moving on. While you may not be an athlete, you may relate to their story if you’re looking to make the leap to the next phase of your career, too. Jobstreet can help you do that and #FindTheJobYouLove. As one of the leading employment marketplaces in the Philippines, Jobstreet has aided thousands in transitioning to the next phase of their lives. Let Jobstreet do the same for you by clicking here.   Thank you Isaac, Rey, Renzo, Thirdy, and all the athletes who’ll be moving on from the UAAP. We’ll always be grateful......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2020

2019: To sweep or not to sweep in collegiate basketball

The 2019 collegiate basketball season will always be remembered as the time when all of NCAA defending champion San Beda, UAAP Men’s defending champion Ateneo, and UAAP Women’s defending champion National U were trying for season sweeps. Two of them did it, one of them didn’t. All in all, though, that storyline that had something to do with history defined NCAA 95 and UAAP 82. A tale of two leagues – when it comes to foreign student-athletes NCAA 95 was the last season wherein the Grand Old League’s 10 member-schools were still able to trot out foreign student-athletes. This, after more than a decade of the likes of Sam Ekwe, Sudan Daniel, Allwell Oraeme, Prince Eze, and Mike Nzeusseu setting the bar higher for big men. Over in UAAP 82, Beninese ball of energy Soulemane Chabi Yo and Ivorian tower Ange Kouame jostled throughout the tournament for the recognition as top individual player. In the end, Chabi Yo followed in the footsteps of Cameroon’s Ben Mbala and Nigeria’s Bright Akhuetie as Season MVPs. The NCAA will go local from here on out while the UAAP will still parade promising prospects from overseas – what’s certain is that both leagues will go all-out to ascertain that the action will never stop. Rising stars become shining stars Robert Bolick left San Beda with a big, big hole at point guard – only for Evan Nelle to waste no time proving the Red Lions remain in good hands. UST’s fast and furious attack needed a fast and furious playmaker – and the Growling Tigers got just that in the form of Mark Nonoy. In his first year as FEU’s lead guard, L-Jay Gonzales showed time and time again why he was always seen as the next one in the Tamaraws’ long, long line of great guards. The story of the season in terms of guards, however, has got to be Fran Yu who came out of nowhere to energize Letran to a pleasant surprise of a championship. UP might 2019 was the first time in a long, long while – or maybe even ever – that UP was considered a shoo-in for the Final Four. The Fighting Maroons had just ended a 32-year Finals absence and a 21-year playoff drought last year and came into this season still with Bright Akhuetie, Jun Manzo, and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, but also now with Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero. In all, State U lived up to the hype and made it back-to-back Final Four appearances, but at the same time, fell short of fulfilling the promise of its fully loaded line-up. Still, continued contention is nothing but a welcome development for Diliman which had been experiencing dark, dark days for far too long. Gilas Pilipinas calling With Tab Baldwin overseeing the program, Gilas Pilipinas will try once more to take a long-term, big-picture view – especially with the 2023 FIBA World Cup looming large. With that, the American-Kiwi mentor tapped on five collegiate standouts to form the foundation of the national team – Ateneo’s Isaac Go and Nieto twins Mike and Matt, UE’s Rey Suerte, and San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi. And with that, the Philippines is yet again leaning on the best of the best of collegiate basketball to wear the flag and do the country proud. It’s a new day, it’s a new generation The NCAA hit home runs in each and every one of its coaching changes. Bonnie Tan raised banner no. 18 for Letran in his first year. Randy Alcantara has Mapua prepped and primed to take flight. Louie Gonzalez has given JRU an attitude. Oliver Bunyi and Cholo Martin have EAC and Arellano, respectively, headed in the right direction. The same cannot be said for the UAAP as both of its new head coaches found themselves on the outside looking into the playoff picture. Jermaine Byrd had La Salle fighting, but ultimately failed to find a finishing kick. UE also kept coming with the leadership of Lawrence Chongson, but eventually ended eliminated. Teeth out, claws out, all-out UST has a proud program in basketball, but only had nine wins to show in 42 games from 2016 to 2018 That all came to an end in 2019 as Aldin Ayo had the Growling Tigers, well, growling from the get-go. Bombing away at their opponents and forcing them to keep up, Espana made its mark as a legitimate contender that made it all the way to the Finals. There, they were sent away by Ateneo’s championship-winning machine, but the future remains bright for the black and gold with all of Season MVP Chabi Yo, Rookie of the Year Nonoy, captain CJ Cansino, Brent Paraiso, and Sherwin Concepcion, among others, coming back for more. Fitting farewell for Ateneo’s championship core Thirdy Ravena. Isaac Go. Mike Nieto. Matt Nieto. Adrian Wong. Those five left Ateneo on top of the world – having claimed a three-peat as well as completed a historic season sweep. And without a doubt, those five were also the catalysts in this new golden age for the Blue Eagles – a golden age which has seen them set and then raise the standard for team glory time and time again. Katipunan will have a tough time moving forward from those five, but at the same time, having the likes of Ange Kouame, Will Navarro, Gian Mamuyac, and SJ Belangel just waiting in the wings makes it easier. Who run the world? National U has not lost a game in 2,270 days. National U has not lost a game in 74 months. National U has not lost a game in six years. The last time head coach Pat Aquino had to lift up the spirits of his Lady Bulldogs was back in October 5, 2013 when they bowed to La Salle in the winner-take-all Finals Game 3. Since then, the blue and gold has been the gold standard of women’s basketball all while giving its opponents the blues. That didn’t change this year as behind Jack Animam and Rhena Itesi as well as welcome additions Kelli Hayes and Camille Clarin, National U continued to have all the answers – even for back-to-back Season MVP Grace Irebu and UST. Shock the system Letran was, in no way, given a chance to deny archrival San Beda’s bid for a perfect season – or much more, win the championship altogether. But the Knights didn’t listen and took that chance themselves, catching just everybody by surprise by taking Game 1 and dealing the Red Lions their first defeat in the season. San Beda bounced back in Game 2, but in the decider, Jerrick Balanza, Bonbon Batiller, Larry Muyang, and Yu just willed Letran to the title. Now, the Knights are kings for the 18th time – and indeed, they had no import, but had no problem. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2019

Javi Gomez de Liaño makes case for future Gilas inclusion

MANILA, Philippines – The UP Fighting Maroons went into the UAAP Season 82 facing intense hype, and so far, they have delivered. Despite underwhelming stretches from former Mythical Five members Ricci Rivero and Juan Gomez de Liaño, the Maroons leaned on reigning Most Valuable Player Bright Akhuetie and highly-touted transferee Kobe Paras ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 6th, 2019

Future bright for Gilas Girls after bronze finish in FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas Girls proved they are a force to be reckoned with in the continent after clinching the bronze medal in the FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. And in order to achieve the feat, the Philippines took down no less than top seed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 26th, 2019

Tab Baldwin sees PBA absence in Gilas pool as opportunity for cadets

Instead of focusing on the negative effects of the PBA's situation, Baldwin is choosing to look at the setup as a chance to develop more talent and be more proactive for the future......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2021

PBA teams satisfied with respective draft picks

Like Terrafirma with top pick Joshua Munzon, the rest of the PBA clubs see a bright future with the blue-chip rookies they drafted, even expecting them to make their mark immediately......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 15th, 2021

Coaches upbeat with own draft picks

Like Terrafirma with top pick Joshua Munzon, the rest of the PBA clubs see a bright future with their blue-chip rookies who are expected to make their marks immediately......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 15th, 2021

SBP: More Gilas tournaments eyed to boost long-term competitiveness

More than just the three games set in Doha, Qatar later this month, the basketball federation is keeping its sights set on more future objectives — while of course, still maintaining a competitive mindset as the tournaments come......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2021

Gilas women’s team aims to scale greater heights

Already on the right track with a string of recent successes, the Gilas Pilipinas women’s team could well scale greater heights with a vast pool of future talents in line at the culmination of coach Pat Aquino’s scouting trip in the United States......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2021

Batang& nbsp;Gilas and& nbsp;FEU& nbsp;Tamaraws& rsquo; towering Torres

Toughness, perseverance, and determination are traits that drive athletes to overcome obstacles in life. On the hardcourt and in life, this young athlete epitomizes the kind of resiliency that dreams are made of. Meet future basketball star Xyrus Dane Torres. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2021

Gov’t infra projects upscaling Phl properties

The partial opening of Skyway 3 bridging NLEX to Quezon City and Makati City on 29 December 2020 is one positive news to welcome 2021 not only for motorists but also for real estate developers. Despite its initial stage, it beams into a bright future for projects in these areas because of their accessibility. The […] The post Gov’t infra projects upscaling Phl properties appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

Duke star guard eyed as future Gilas belles anchor

The Gilas Pilipinas women’s team is hoping to secure the commitment of Duke point guard Vanessa de Jesus to be part of its future core......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

Gilas yearender: Nationals go perfect in 2020

  By JONAS TERRADO Gilas Pilipinas emerged as one of the bright spots for Philippine sports in this pandemic-struck year. The men’s national basketball team went perfect across the two windows of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers where young guns were able to showcase their arsenal. With a mix of veterans and emerging stalwarts, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 31st, 2020