HIS name may be the least recognized among those who attended the first practice of the Gilas Pilipinas team under coach Tab Baldwin, but big man Aldrech Ramos is hardly concerned.
Just being invited for another shot at becoming a national player is already an achievement for the NLEX stalwart.
“Ma-invite ka lang sobrang happy ko na kasi sa dami ba naman ng players (napili ka),” related the 27-year-old center out of Far Eastern University to Spin.ph on Thursday.
Many were surprised to see Ramos show up when Baldwin’s national training pool for the coming Fiba Asia Men’s Championship gathered for the first time on Wednesday night at the Meralco gym.
But to those who have known him since his amateur days, Ramos getting invited by Baldwin was hardly astounding.
Along with the likes of Mark Barroca, JV Casio, Dylan Ababou, Mac Baracael, Chris Tiu, and JR Cawaling, Ramos was part of the original Gilas Pilipinas formed by former national coach Rajko Toroman of Serbia.
Ramos is aware he may or may not make it to Baldwin’s final roster that will comprise the team bound for the Olympic qualifying tournament set in Changsha, China in September. But just being chosen and invited to become part of the training pool is already a big honor for him, according to the lanky center.
“Hindi pa naman sure, wala pa naman assurance, pero kahit sino naman ang i-call ang name na mag-represent ng country, grabe ang privilege at honor,” Ramos said.
The NLEX player said he’ll definitely try to do his best in his bid to make the national team once more.
“Ganoon pa man ibibigay ko ang best ko every training, kung ano ang ipapagawa ni coach gagawin ko lang, puhunan ko dito ang sipag,” he said.