GILAS Pilipinas’ towering frontline could even get taller in the near future.
The PBA’s recent lifting of the limit on the number of players Gilas can call up from PBA teams has opened the door for stars like Greg Slaughter, who has expressed excitement over the chance to play for flag and country once again.
“That’s (lifting the limit) pretty good,” the Ginebra star said at the end of Ginebra practice. “I’ve always been looking forward to my chance to play on the national team again and hopefully. I know they got one coming up real soon but hopefully, sometime I’ll be able to join Gilas again.”
Slaughter is an original member of the amateur-laden Gilas 1.0 side and has been a member of the pool ever since, although the Ateneo and University of Visayas product hasn’t made the lineup owing to either to injury or other commitments.
But the seven-foot slotman can rejoin the pool this time and join the Gin Kings’ representative in Japeth Aguilar, forming a triple-tower combination with Aguilar and four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.
“You know, me and Japeth, we’ve been playing on Gilas since the first one,” Slaughter said. “It would be nice to play with him again, along with June Mar and a lot of the other guys now. So I’m looking forward to it and I hope I get that call again.”
Slaughter is also hoping to team up with a young, promising fellow seven-footer in Kai Sotto.
“Yeah, yeah, for sure,” the Ginebra slotman said.