IT appears Jayson Castro has not only bewildered defenders, but his name switch to William has also left scouts and coaches in a state of confusion.
Team scouts were at a loss following the scintillating showing by a certain Jayson William in Gilas Pilipinas' come-from-behind 77-71 win over Jordan on Friday night in the Fiba-Asia championships.
Apparently, the Gilas Pilipinas point guard wasn’t the one that appeared in the lineup and scouting reports of opposing scouts but another player by the name of Jayson Castro.
A team insider related to Spin.ph that several teams have inquired about William and at the same time, asked about the whereabouts of Castro as they appeared to be confused about the identity of both players.
“Somebody asked me who William is,” said the source, who refused to be named as he is not authorized to speak on behalf of Gilas Pilipinas.
"Other teams are not aware there is a William on our team because all of Jason's records and videos posted online bear his surname as Castro. Apparently, they are prepared against Castro, not William.”
Spin.ph earlier reported William is the surname of Castro's father, an American serviceman stationed in Olongapo before, and the name he’s been carrying in all of his official documents including identification cards and passport.
The former Philippine Christian University stalwart said he only began using Castro – the surname of his mother – when his parents got divorced as he entered the puberty stage.
“So noong nag-divorce `yung mom and dad ko noong Grade Seven or Grade Six ako, pinagamit na sa akin ng mama ko Castro na, kasi on process lahat ng papers,” said the Talk `N Text playmaker.
“Lahat ng jerseys ko noong high school ako, Castro na lahat,” he recalled. “Pero lahat ng documents - passport, sa papers, William lahat. Sa jersey lang Castro.”
Castro likewise revealed he already played as part of the Philippine Youth team before using the surname William.
“Di naman 'to yung first time. Noong nag-RP Youth ako William din ginamit ko kasi 'yun naman ang required nila pag international game," Castro said, "kung ano last name `yun talaga gagamitin.”