THIS early, Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin is hoping for cooperation from PBA D-League and the collegiate leagues when he forms the all-amateur national team that will see action in two Southeast Asian tournaments this year.
Baldwin hopes to have the best Philippine team possible for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship and the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
However, the Seaba tilt slated from April 27 to May 4 and the SEA Games set June 5 to 16, both run in conflict with the schedules of the PBA D-League and preseason tournaments where UAAP and NCAA teams participate.
Although there is no final lineup yet, Baldwin hopes the D-League and college teams will release their players for the preparation and competition proper of the Seaba and SEA Games.
Baldwin was recently named coach of the teams for those events aside from the all-PBA Gilas Pilipinas that will compete in the Fiba-Asia Championship in Hunan, China.
“We will try to get as much help from D-League teams and college teams in making their players available as much as possible so we can be strong as we can possibly can,” said Baldwin.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) submitted 50 names to the Philippine Olympic Committee for purposes of complying with requirements of the SEA Games organizers as to the entry-by-number.
Among those who are part of the list are Marcus Douthit, Garvo Lanete, Bobby Ray Parks, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, Arnold Van Opstal, and even high school standout Kobe Paras.
Baldwin said there could be changes in the course of the evaluation of the talent pool in the amateur ranks.
“I expect meetings in a week or two. Obviously, we will look at the pool that SBP has selected and see if we want to make changes,” said Baldwin.