GILAS Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes regretted excluding Ray-Ray Parks from the Jones Cup roster owing to the latter not being included in the accreditation list that was submitted earlier.
Reyes on Tuesday night announced the 16-man Jones Cup roster led by Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship (Seaba) standouts Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy, and Jio Jalalon and reinforced by TNT standby import Mike Myers.
Ed Daquioag, Mac Belo, Carl Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, and Fonzo Gotladera are the other PBA players as well as free agent Almond Vosotros in the fold along with amateur standouts Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, and Raymar Jose.
Rounding out the team was Fil-German Christian Standhardinger.
Reyes would’ve also wanted to include Parks, who expressed his intention to be part of the Jones Cup pool late.
“I talked to Ray-Ray before releasing that (roster), because hindi na talaga siya mahabol,” Reyes said after practice. “But he knew that naman from the start. He was fine with it.”
Parks, though, is still part of the SEA Games squad after his name was included in the accreditation list in time for the regional showpiece that’s scheduled next month.
Reyes hinted that he would’ve have to have some national veterans in the fold for a Jones Cup tournament that the country is defending, thanks to an import-loaded squad led by MVP Dewarick Spencer and NBA veteran Al Thornton last year.
“Yung mga veterans, wala pa eh,” the national coach said. “We’re awaiting word from the PBA kung pwede sila for the Fiba Asia. Right now, we have gotten clearance pa lang for the Jones Cup and Sea Games.”
“I got clearance just today from Commissioner Narvasa to release the Jones Cup lineup already, and that’s why it took so long,” he added. “Hindi na natin mahintay kasi ilang days na lang opening na ng Jones Cup.”
But that gives the cadets more opportunity to shine in the Jones Cup.
“We’re looking at the Jones Cup as a very important training ground, but we’re going to go all out to win it if we can,” Reyes said. “But the most important thing is the development of the younger guys, the cadets.”