THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has deferred the announcement of the PBA players who will be added to the Gilas Pilipinas pool for the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asia qualifiers August window.
SBP executive director and spokesperson Sonny Barrios said that the announcement will come after the semifinals to allow the PBA players to focus on their respective series.
Barrios hinted that the pool of PBA players is not yet final since the semifinals is still ongoing. The PBA board has agreed to allow the players of the 10 non-finalists in the Philippine Cup to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas.
“I believe ‘yan ang isang consideration nila. Four teams ang lumalaro sa semis. Hindi natin alam ang finals. Marami parang puwedeng kumbinasyon kaya nila hinohold-off ang anunsyo,” said Barrios during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday.
“Kapag natapos na ‘yung finals, alam na natin ‘yung dalawang nasa finals na, sa ngayon, hindi dapat pagkukunan for the August qualifier, not unless may napakagandang mangyari na kahit ‘yung lumalaro sa finals, magsabi na ‘Kung may kailangan kayo, kahit lumalaro sa finals, puwede ninyong kunin.’ Hindi natin masabi. Pero sa ngayon, ang usapan, kukuha lang po tayo sa sampung hindi maglalaro sa finals,” said Barrios.
The SBP has already named a couple of the members of the pool which includes Jordan Clarkson, who will be playing for Gilas for the second time.
Dwight Ramos, Thirdy Ravena, Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks, Francis Lopez, Carl Tamayo, and Kevin Quiambao are also included in the Gilas pool for the August window.
Barrios also hinted that the PBA players that will comprise the line-up are those that have been mentioned in news reports. Some of the names that have emerged, sources told SPIN.ph, are PBA MVP Scottie Thompson, Calvin Oftana, Jamie Malonzo, Roosevelt Adams, Jordan Heading, and CJ Perez and Chris Newsome, both still playing in the PBA semifinals.
“Halos lahat ng mga binabanggit, kasama eh. Minsan tumbok na tumbok,” said Barrios with a smile.
On the inclusion of Thompson, Barrios said: “’Yun eliminated na ‘yun, parang sinagot mo na ‘yung sarili mo.”