THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is expected to make a decision on who will handle the Batang Gilas national youth team this year with the Seaba Under-16 Championship drawing near.
SBP president Al Panlilio said the head coaching job is set to be discussed in the coming days as the national youth team prepares for the Seaba Under-16 Championship, which is expected to be held in April.
“We are assessing it at the moment,” Panlilio said. “In fact, [next week], pag-uusapan namin ‘yan. We will do some sort of assessment because Seaba is coming. We will make sure that we identify a coach.”
SPIN.ph reported Chiang Kai Shek College and Adamson coach Goldwin Monteverde is being groomed to be the next head coach of Batang Gilas as he has the blessing of the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC), which is looking to support the national youth squad.
But Panlilio said the head coaching job is not yet cast in stone as SBP is still assessing all possible candidates, including Monteverde.
“We are talking to him. The PSSBC, because they are the high school-based tournament, has indicated they want to help out the team, and, from their standpoint, they were nominating coach Monteverde,” he said
“We want to speak with him and like in any corporate work, if you want to appoint someone, you want to talk to him and ask kung ano ‘yung programa mo, kung ano ‘yung goals mo. We want to do the process, assess it, and then we will make a decision,” Panlilio added.
Nevertheless, Panlilio welcomed the gesture of the PSSBC, an entity outside the MVP group, to support the national youth squad.
“We welcome the initiative of their group to help out. The MVP group has supported and funded the national team because early on, we had to put the governance, structure, and the right value system,” said Panlilio.
“We want to be more inclusive and open up to more stakeholders. If more people want to help out, that will be great kasi hindi naman lahat kaya ng MVP group. It’s welcome news to me that there is a group interested to help similar to Perlas Pilipinas (women’s national team supported by Blackwater,” he added.
This early, the national youth team is already eyeing Fil-foreign big men Ethan Kirkness (6-9) and AJ Edu (6-8) to be part of the Batang Gilas pool.