FIL-NIGERIAN prospect AJ Edu is set to make his Philippine team debut in the 2017 Fiba 3x3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.
The 6-foot-10 Edu joins UAAP high school standout Encho Serrano, NU Bullpups forward Rhayyan Amsali, and Juan Gomez de Liano for the eighth-seeded Philippine team set for battle in the tournament that starts from June 28 to July 2.
Batang Gilas team manager Andrew Teh confirmed the 17-year-old Edu arrived in the country a few days ago and has joined the practice of the team coached by Eric Altamirano.
The England-based prospect also dropped by Batang Gilas practice on Wednesday since he's committed to playing for youth team in the 2018 Fiba Asia Under-18 Championship.
Teh said the SBP and Batang Gilas bring Edu to training camps in and around London during breaks from school, with the aim of toughening the teenager for Gilas duty.
The Philippines faces top-seed Netherlands and Israel on the first day of the tournament, before facing off against Poland and Turkmenistan on June 30. The top two teams from each of the four groups advance to the knockout stages.