DEFENDING UAAP Champion Ateneo will be representing the country in the upcoming 40th William Jones Cup which is set to kick off on July 14 at the Xinzhuang Gynnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
The Blue Eagles will be the first full-collegiate team to represent the country in the tournament, a testament to the program of coach Tab Baldwin.
"We wish the Ateneo Blue Eagles good luck in this endeavor. They will be representing our country to the best of their will," said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Sonny Barrios.
The team features Gilas 23 for 2023 pool members Thirdy Ravena, Matt Nieto, and Isaac Go, with Angelo Koaume bolstering the team on the interior.
Chooks-to-Go is set to back the squad in the tournament.
"Of course, we are elated that our brand will be supporting this team. We will do our best to support the Blue Eagles in this journey because we know that the pressure of joining a tournament like this will bring a lot of pressure to these young men," said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascariñas.
Last season, the Gilas Cadet squad - also backed by Chooks - finished fourth after finishing with a 6-3 record in the ten-team playing field.