SAN Miguel Corp. sports operations head Noli Eala has offered LA Tenorio of Barangay Ginebra, Jean Marc Pingris of San Mig Coffee, and Petron rookie big man June Mar Fajardo to the Gilas Pilipinas team that is set to begin its preparations for this August’s Fiba-Asia men’s championships.
Eala made the offer through his Twitter account @NoliEala, saying, “Junmar, LA and Ping are also available to Gilas if they want them. Wish Gilas all the best.”
Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes has yet to name the official roster of the national team pending the revised schedule of the PBA’s Governors Cup, which originally was supposed to end in late July.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud has reiterated the league's position to fully support the national squad by way of adjusting the third conference schedule to give Gilas Pilipinas ample time to prepare for the Asian showpiece, which the country is hosting for the first time in 40 years.
Salud and the league board have also given Reyes the green light to name at least one player from every PBA team to the Gilas pool.
Reyes has long been vocal about his desire to pick Fajardo and Petron teammate Arwind Santos for the Gilas pool, but both have not been made available by the San Miguel franchise in the past.
It is not yet clear if Reyes has already chosen Fajardo over Santos. It is also unclear if Eala's position is also the position of San Miguel, which gathered its basketball coaches and top officials in a meeting on Sunday with big boss Ramon S. Ang.
Tenorio was part of two Gilas international stints last year, leading the national squad to the Williams Jones Cup title in Taipei en route to being named the tournament MVP. He also saw action for the national squad that placed fourth in the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo, Japan.
On the other hand, Pingris has been given the green light to join the Gilas Pilipinas squad more than a week ago as confirmed by San Mig Coffee board governor Rene Pardo.