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    Former Gilas recruit CJ Giles says he's open to second chance in Philippines

    Jul 28, 2013
    CJ Giles was eyed for naturalization in 2008 under the Smart-Gilas program of coach Rajko Toroman, but admitted he was too young to cope in his first overseas basketball experience.

    BAHRAIN'S naturalized center CJ Giles admitted "messing up" during his time with the original Gilas Pilipinas squad but said he would welcome a second chance to join the national squad.

    The 6-11 Giles was eyed for naturalization in 2008 under the Smart-Gilas program of coach Rajko Toroman, but said he was too young to cope in his first overseas basketball experience.

    He was later dropped as Marcus Douthit became Gilas' naturalized player in the 2011 Fiba-Asia championships in Wuhan, China.

    “I love it here (Philippines) but I was young.  That’s the problem being young, but I love it here,” Giles told Spin.ph shortly after Bahrain dropped a 65-75 loss to San Mig Coffee in their tune up match on Sunday afternoon at the Ronac gym.

    Giles remains an imposing inside presence early on against San Mig Coffee, swatting four shots in the first half, before foul trouble hounded the Seattle, Washington native later in the game.

    Giles, who went undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft, said if given a second chance in the near future, he’d love to play once more in the Philippines or for the national team.

    “Yes, I’d love it here,” Giles said.

    Since failing to make the grade with Smart Gilas in 2009, Giles has bounced from one Asian team to another. 

    The 27-year-old played for Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in Lebanon from 2009-2010, before being waived. He later signed up for another Lebanese team Chabab Zahle, which unfortunately folded up in November 2011. 

    Giles currently plays for Muharraq Club in Bahrain before being drafted as the country’s naturalized player that will play in the Fiba-Asia men’s championships starting on Thursday.

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    Bahrain is bracketed in Group along with Kazakhstan, Thailand and India.

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    CJ Giles was eyed for naturalization in 2008 under the Smart-Gilas program of coach Rajko Toroman, but admitted he was too young to cope in his first overseas basketball experience.
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