Head coach Chot Reyes bared the roster of players for the country’s campaign in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this August.
Reyes opted to tap the services of the cagers who are in the cadets program and two Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players, who used to be part of the cadets pool.
Kiefer Ravena, Troy Rosario, Baser Amer, Almon Vosotros, and Kevin Ferrer are returning to the Gilas fold as the country defends its men’s basketball crown in the biennial meet.
Suiting up for the first time for the biennial meet were Kobe Paras, Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger, Mike Tolomia, Raymar Jose, Von Pessumal and Carl Bryan Cruz.
Bobby Ray Parks was also included in the final roster announced by Reyes on Tuesday evening. He played for the squad in the 2013 SEA Games.
“It’s a combination of the new guys, the cadets plus the PBA players. It’s a versatile line-up and we wanted to make sure that we also have good shooters and big guys,” said Reyes.
“The addition of Kobe (Paras) and Christian (Standhardinger) gave us some size,” he added. “Hopefully that would be enough to get the job done in the SEA Games.”
In the last SEA Games in Singapore, the PH 5 was beefed up by naturalized player Marcus Douthit and swept its way to a gold-medal finish.
This time, Reyes is harnessing young players for the mission with the 27-year old and six-foot-seven forward Standhardinger as the oldest in the team. He arrived on Tuesday and joined the team’s practice on Wednesday at the Meralco gym.
Paras, the six-foot-six shooting guard who will be playing for the Cal State Northridge in the coming US NCAA season, is excited to represent the country in the Kuala Lumpur meet.
“I’m really happy that God gave me another chance to play for the country in a highest level,” said Paras, who together with Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quinahan, represented the country in the just-concluded FIBA 3×3 World Cup in France.Meanwhile, Reyes also announced that 6’8 American Mike Myers will be the team’s import for the 2017 William R. Jones Cup to be held from July 15 to 23 in Taiwan.
“He already agreed with us,” said Reyes on Myers, who is the standby import for the TNT KaTropa in the ongoing PBA Season 42 Commissioner’s Cup finals against San Miguel Beer.