HE’S part of the San Beda dynasty that has reigned in the NCAA men’s basketball for the last five years and widely regarded as the best point guard in the league today.
Now Baser Amer has one remaining wish he hopes to accomplish in his bucket list – make it to the national team roster bound for the Singapore Southeast Asian Games next year.
The San Beda playmaker is one of the players being considered to suit up for the Philippine squad in the SEA Games slated from June 5 to 16 after his name was included in the pool of athletes submitted to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
Amer admitted he wanted to play for the national team last year in the Myanmar SEA Games but failed to make the cut of the 12-man lineup.
If he makes it, Amer said it marks the first time ever he will don a national team jersey at any level including the youth team.
“Masaya ako dahil I expected last year pero hindi ako nakapasok,” Amer said.
Amer has a good chance of making the national team since members of the Gilas cadet team and members of last year’s gold-medal winning SEA Games squad such as Kevin Alas, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Jake Pascual, and Ronald Pascual are now in the PBA.
Amer has become one of the top point guards in collegiate basketball, averaging 11.6 points and 4.7 assists for the Red Lions in Season 90, and is now playing for the star-studded Hapee Fresh Fighters squad in the PBA D-League.
Now that he is under consideration, he is determined to improve on his game more before the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) determines the final line-up for the SEA Games.
“Nagtatanong lang ako sa mga coaches kung ano ang kailangan kong iimprove and staying positive. Ngayong dumating na ‘yung chance, hindi ko sasayangin ‘yung opportunity. Para sa bayan at para sa akin,” Amer said.