RAYMAR Jose struggled to put into words his feelings when he was named to the Gilas Pilipinas team bound Kuala Lumpur for the Southeast Games in August.
In a pool filled with PBA players and celebrated amateur stars like Kobe Paras and Kiefer Ravena, the hardworking forward out of Far Eastern University is motivated to prove he belongs.
"Sobrang excited ako na makasali ako dito," he said. "Napakalaking blessing at opportunity ito na binigay sa akin nila coach Chot (Reyes). Hinding-hindi ko sasayangin ito. Ibibigay ko yung best ko at kung anuman ang maitutulong ko sa bibigay na role sa akin."
"Hindi talaga in-expect e," said Jose, who had stints in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) and the D-League after his stint with the Tamaraws.
"Ang sa akin, kung anong opportunity na ibibigay sa akin, practice player man o anumang sabihin nila, ibibigay ko yung best ko. Yun lang talaga mindset ko nun."
What excites him most was reuniting with college buddies Mike Tolomia and Carl Cruz when the regional conclave unfurls over a month from now.
"Masaya! FEU pa rin kami e. Kumbaga, nung pagpunta ko dito hindi ako nanibago," said Jose. "Pati si (FEU assistant) coach Josh (Reyes) nandito kaya naging masaya. At least nakasama ko ulit sila kahit ibang level na sila (PBA)."