NATIONAL youth coach Jamike Jarin is looking forward to playing in Group A despite being in a formidable bracket that includes powerhouse United States in the Fiba Under-17 World Championship for Men in Dubai.
Jarin said the coaching staff was really hoping to be grouped with the Americans prior to the draw which was held early Thursday Manila time.
“We were really hoping to get grouped with Team USA,” said Jarin. “Kasi siyempre, it’s not everyday that you get a chance to play with the best in the world. Gusto ko talaga na we face the best.”
Jarin is also excited for his wards since they are going to play against possibly the future NBA stars of their generation.
“I’m sure they will be the future superstars of the NBA. They are the best 17-year-olds in the country. So they are the future Dwyane Wade, future LeBron James, and the future Kevin Durant. We are very excited,” Jarin said.
Aside from the United States, the Philippines will also play Angola and Greece in Group A.
Despite being in a tough group, Jarin assured that they will definitely give their all come the world championship set August 8-16.
“Rest assured that whatever the result is, we will give our best every game,” said Jarin.
Jarin also liked the fact that they will also be grouped against a European and African squad.
“We are so lucky that we have (teams from) three continents that we will be playing. We are given a chance to play different types of basketball — European, African, and American. (Our opponents) are also very lucky that they are going to see the Filipino kind of basketball,” said Jarin.
Group B is composed of Japan, France, Canada, and Australia, while Puerto Rico, host United Arab Emirates, Italy and Spain make up Group C.
Argentina, China, Serbia, and Egypt are in Group D.