CALVIN Abueva is under indefinite suspension at Alaska and he isn't guaranteed a spot in Gilas Pilipinas’ 12-man roster for the coming third window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
National coach Chot Reyes pointed out Abueva’s position in the training pool remains uncertain, especially since he still has to show up for the Monday practices ahead of the June 29 and July 2 showdowns with Chinese Taipei and Australia, respectively.
“He is part of the pool, but not necessarily the final 12,” was Reyes’ curt reply when asked about Abueva’s status with the team after being suspended indefinitely by Alaska management.
Despite the suspension meted by the Aces for the enigmatic forward's unexplained absences, Alaska team owner Wilfred S. Uytengsu said the team will allow Abueva to play for the national team if called up.
Reyes, though, already talked to Alaska coach Alex Compton following the development, SPIN.ph learned from multiple sources.
Abueva made the Gilas roster during the second window of the qualifier four months ago at the last minute after initially being dropped from consideration following his no-shows during the early part of the team’s training at the Meralco gym.
But despite Reyes’ decision, the 30-year-old native of Angeles, Pampanga went on and rejoined the team in practices on a regular basis either as a practice player or member of the scouting team.
The injuries suffered by Troy Rosario and Mac Belo, led Reyes to reconsider his decision and paved the way for Abueva's return to the 12-man roster that saw action against Australia and Japan.