GILAS Pilipinas has received commitments from LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Ian Sangalang, and Japeth Aguilar, among others, ahead of the national team's first practice for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next year.
Gilas team manager Butch Antonio told Spin.ph on Friday that he has personally called all but two of the 17 players released by the PBA to the pool of the team vying in one of three wildcard qualifiers in July.
Antonio, who is also deputy director for international affairs of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, said all the players he called up have signified an intention to join the new Gilas pool's first practice under Tab Baldwin on Monday.
"The calls were more of a formality. I just wanted to personally inform them about the practice," said the former MBA commissioner. "Ayaw naman na porke kasama sila sa pool then we expect them to just show up."
Among the players expected to show up on Monday evening at the Meralco Gym are Tenorio and Aguilar, two former Gilas mainstays who did not join the team that finished runner-up to China in the last Fiba-Asia championship.
Antonio said that so far, only June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter have yet to confirm their attendance on Monday, but only because he has yet to get through the San Miguel stars by phone.
Two other Gilas 2.0 stalwarts, Jeff Chan and Paul Lee of Rain or Shine, are also returning to the pool that includes Gilas 3.0 holdovers Marc Pingris, Troy Rosario, Calvin Abueva, Gabe Norwood, Matt Ganuelas Rosser, Ranidel de Ocampo, Jayson Castro, and Terrence Romeo.
Slaughter, Lassiter and Sangalang are the other new members in the pool.
Antonio answered in the affirmative when asked if all the players he was able to contact have confirmed their attendance in the first Monday-only practice of Gilas.
Asked what the players can expect in the team's first once-a-week practice, Antonio said it will be more like a getting-to-know-you meeting between Baldwin and the members of the new pool.
"We'll talk about the schedules, expectations, and all questions na hindi pa nasasagot," Antonio said. "Ngayon, if there are things that the players may want to clear up, then we'll talk about that, too."