After missing the chance to play for Gilas Cadets in last year’s Southeast Asian Games, La Salle star Jeron Teng will lead the Philippine squad that will see action in the 2016 Jones Cup on July 23 to 30 in Taiwan.
The do-it-all forward will be one of the team’s top attractions in the annual tournament since the PBA-backed Gilas 4.0 can’t make it this time as it is preparing for a bigger mission – the Olympic Qualifying Tournament which starts on Tuesday.
Besides the 6-foot-3 Teng, other local players tapped to play for the squad are former Xavier School standouts Ty Tang, Jeric Teng and Gab Banal, and former Ateneo de Manila University standout Von Pessumal.
Also being eyed to beef up the squad are Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Ferrer of Gilas Cadets and Mike Tolomia and Mac Belo of Phoenix.
University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol has been tapped to call the shots for team that is tasked to regain the crown won the last time by Gilas four years ago.
Perasol will be assisted by Charles Tiu, Angelo Wongchuking with Jean Alabanza as team manager.
The team will have former Alaska import Rob Dozier and Rain or Shine’s Wendell McKines as reinforcements.
Asean Basketball League (ABL) standout Jason Brickman is also in the radar.
Arellano University ace Jio Jalalon could be a welcome addition to the team but the wily and deadly guard can’t be tapped due to the ongoing National Collegiate Athletic Association.