NATIONAL coach Jamike Jarin is ready for any eventuality if and when players of the Philippine youth team are not given the green light by their respective schools to see action in the Fiba Asia Under-18 Championships in Dubai this August.
Jarin recently bared the the first nine memners of the team for the Asian youth championship to be held August 19-28, with all but one - Jollo Go of Hope Christian High School - to be in their first year in college by the time the event is held.
Thirdy Ravena, a member of the national team in the Fiba 3x3 Under-18 World Championship, leads the cast of players in the initial lineup along with team co-captain Aaron Black, Joshua Andrei Caracut, Dave Yu, Richard Escoto, Paul Desiderio, Dawn Ochea, and John Apacible.
But Jarin said he is bracing for the possibility that some of the players may not get their release from their mother schools since the Fiba-Asia will be held in the middle of Season 77 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
“Sure na ‘yun (nine players) as long as payagan sila ng mother schools nila. That is my problem. Pero bahala na kung payagan sila o hindi,” said Jarin.
Ravena, Black, and Apacible will be suiting up for Ateneo, while Escoto and Yu will be playing for Far Eastern University and National University, respectively.
Ochea and Desiderio, meanwhile, will be entering their second season with Adamson and University of the Philippines, respectively.
Although he has named the first nine players of the team, Jarin bared he still has a deep pool of players.
The young mentor has also said he is also considering including a few players from the Fiba Under-17 World Championship to become part of the team. The Fiba-World U17 tilt is set to be held in nearby Dubai from August 8 to 16.
“That is why we have a big pool. We have our back-up plan,” said Jarin.