ROI Sumang is being eyed for a late call-up for the Southeast Asian Games after RR Garcia's decision to turn pro left Gilas without a natural point guard to take to Myanmar.
The University of the East star has been named a reserve and has started attending practices as head coach Jong Uichico tries to fill the holes in what has so far been a guard-heavy lineup.
Aside from the obvious lack of a back-up to naturalized player Marcus Douthit at center, the point guard spot became a problem for Uichico after former Gilas cadet Garcia joined this season's PBA draft.
“Yeah, it’s a problem,” Uichico admitted during practice on Friday. "But you know, maybe we can put Roi Sumang in the lineup, then we will have at least one natural point guard."
Before Sumang came in, Uichico had to make do with transplanted two guards like Kevin Alas, Matt Ganuelas, and Garvo Lanete as his point guards on the floor in practice.
Kiefer Ravena and Bobby Ray Parks are also being eyed to share some of the playmaking chores.
But Uichico was quick to realize the need for a pure point guard with less than a month before the start of the December 8 to 16 competitions in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
“It’s hard (for the other guards) because it’s not their natural position,” said Uichico.
Although a 12-man roster has already been submitted to Myanmar organizers, teams are still allowed to make changes in their lineups in the managers’ meeting a day before the start of the tournament.