CHOT Reyes said Gilas Pilipinas is looking to expans pool following a rigorous schedule that saw national teams competing in the Jones Cup, Fiba Asia Cup, and Southeast Asian Games.
Sharing the idea during the team's homecoming lunch on Thursday, Reyes hopes an expanded pool will be the answer to constant conflicts in schedule brought forth by the new Fiba calendar and home-and-away format.
While Gilas already has in place a cadet system where 12 PBA rookies are required to report to the national team whenever called upon, Reyes is looking to add more players to form a core group that can suit up in either minor or major tournaments.
"More than the SEA Games, it’s having an expanded pool. So that we have guys who are not in the PBA, so that when scheduling conflicts arise, we always have choices," the outspoken mentor said during the Chooks to Go-hosted lunch in Ortigas.
"Hopefully, in so doing, we’re able to train enough players to form a competitive group even though there are complications with the pro leagues. It’s not only the SEA Games, but all the tournaments in the run-up."
Although nothing is cast in stone yet, Reyes revealed they are already eyeing out-of-college playres for the expanded pool.
"We have a list of players. We know everyone who has potential, who are coming out, but we don’t want to touch those who are in college now. We know the problems that they will have with college teams," he said.
"We’re keeping tabs on everyone who we think are worthy, but right now, we want to focus on the guys who have no collegiate obligations."
Among the players who fit the profile are Jeron Teng and Raymar Jose, who are both spending time in the D-League prior to turning pro after playing out their college eligibility.