DANIEL Coo has been invited to join the tryouts for the Philippine national youth squad, and the Bacolod-based high school cager hopes to make the most of it.
The 6-foot-3 Coo said he is honored but at the same time feels the burden of being the lone player from Visayas to be invited to the tryouts of the youth team that is being formed for the upcoming Seaba Under-16 Championship.
“It feels good but I’m a little bit pressured because I’m the only one in Visayas,” said Coo.
Coo is seen as the next best thing to come out of St. John Institute, the same school that produced La Salle point guard Kib Montalbo.
Observers who have seen him play said Coo can play the guard and forward positions or even the power forward spot when he played for Negros in the Palarong Pambansa
“Maraming talent (in Bacolod) so I want to prove that I belong,” said the 15-year-old Coo.
Coo, a member of the Jr. NBA All-Star team in 2015, admitted he is getting offers to play high school ball in Manila, although he didn’t mention what school has expressed interest.
But his focus is on the task at hand.
To prepare for the gridn ahead, Coo is undergoing training at the Headstart Sports Academy while he is Manila.
If selected, Coo said he has a lot to offer to Batang Gilas.
“I think I can be a defensive player, and someone they can rely on," said Coo. "I’ll just do my best at whatever I can do.”