CHOT Reyes made it clear he will welcome young talents such as Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and Jeron Teng to the growing Gilas Pilipinas training pool.
The national coach, in fact, said he’s just a call away.
“Gusto ba nila? Wala kasi naman silang sinasabi,” said Reyes when asked about the prospect of adding the two former UAAP stars to the current national team pool that recently tapped the likes of Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Raymar Jose, and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger.
In the case of Ravena and Paras, Reyes disclosed the two personally approached him and bared their intention to join the Gilas pool.
“Tumawag silang diretso sa akin,” he added Thursday night when he watched Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals between TnT Katropa and Barangay Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Charlie Dy, who represents the 24-year-old Parks, said he’ll let the two-time UAAP MVP out of National University reach out to Reyes as soon as possible.
But there’s no doubt Parks wanted to become part of Gilas again, according to Dy.
“He was actually interested to play for the 3x3 Gilas team to the FIBA World. Ray was even with Kobe (Paras) when he went to the house of coach Eric (Altamirano),” Dy related to SPIN.ph.
By that time though, the team of Paras, Ravena, Teng, and veteran JR Quinahan had already been formed.
“Coach Eric thought Ray was in the U.S.” added Dy of Parks’ former college mentor at National University. “But if he had known before he’s here, he would have loved him become part of the team.”
Parks already donned the Gilas colors last year when he was part of the team former coach Tab Baldwin formed for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament staged at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Teng for his part, said there’s no question on his commitment to play for flag and country.
“There’s no greater glory than playing for the country and I’m open to that,” said Teng in a separate SPIN.ph interview during the send-off for the 3x3 Chooks-Gilas team bound for Nantes, France for the FIBA 3x3 World Cup.
“Anytime naman ready ako,” added the son of former PBA player Alvin Teng.