LA TENORIO admitted he was surprised to make it to the 20-man pool of Gilas Pilipinas but is nevertheless looking forward to the challenge as well as the opportunity to be handled by national coach Yeng Guiao.
Tenorio is making his return to the national pool after being part of Gilas Pilipinas in 2014 where he played in the Fiba World Cup in Spain and Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.
The fact that he was called up again to be part of the national pool four years later is still a shock to him.
“Medyo nagulat din ako na napasama ako. Sabi ko nga, siguro it’s time na ‘yung mga matatanda uli maglaro, (ako), sila Arwind (Santos), sila Jayson (Castro). Most of the players nakasama ko na rin. Looking forward,” said Tenorio on Tuesday following the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.
Tenorio will join a cast of guards that include Castro, Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle, Alex Cabagnot, Scottie Thompson, and Marcio Lassiter in the pool, which will start preparing for the next Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers window on November 30 against Kazakhstan and December 3 against Iran.
The Barangay Ginebra guard will also be playing under Guiao for the first time, a development which he is really excited about.
“It’s my first time to play under coach Yeng and I’m really looking forward to play under him. Lahat ng mga coaches siguro nakasama ko na except si coach Yeng. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m excited to play under him. It’s a privilege playing under him,” said Tenorio.
This early, the Philippine pool formed by Guiao is being labeled as the best assembled in recent years and Tenorio is happy to be part of that group.
“I think this is the best Philippine pool na nakita natin. I’m very excited and blessed ot be part of that line-up. If I’m going to make it to the final 12, I’m going to be really excited. Malakas ‘yung team. Wala ka nang hahanapin pang iba,” said Tenorio.