-Carl Bryan Cruz
Also joining the 16-man contingent is TNT KaTropa's backup import Mike Myers, who has been training with the national team pool. Made up of almost Gilas cadets, the group is also where the core for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur will come from.
The tournament will serve as the perfect litmus test for a relatively young squad that will represent the country for years to come. Looking at the Jones Cup selection, we pretty much have an idea of which players will be relied upon by coach Chot Reyes when the basketball proceedings start in Taipei, from July 15 to 23.
Ravena finds himself in a crowded position with Jio Jalalon and Mike Tolomia also in the fold. Despite the other two's PBA experience, 'The Phenom' is undeniably the cream of the point guard crop. If only he had declared for the draft, there should be no discussion for Rookie of the Year.
Fresh off a Finals stint, albeit inconsistent and unsuccessful, the Cebuano hotshot has proven himself to be a legitimate scoring threat. But Pogoy's true value lies in his defensive prowess, as vouched by his TNT coach Nash Racela.
Wright is tailor-made for international competition, with that sweet, yet deadly stroke. He is the reason the likes of Jeff Chan and Marcio Lassiter won't be missed as much. His 2017 SEABA Championship performance—three threes per game on 54.5%—speaks for itself.
The promising basketball royal will finally don the national team's colors as part of its main roster, after helping a couple of its younger squads (Under-18, Under-16). The high-flying Paras is expected to bring in his length and athleticism, while hoping to catch the eye of NBA scouts.
Little is known about Standhardinger, who last suited up for SC Rasta Vechta in the ProA and just flew in last week. Watching the 6'8" Fil-German's videos on YouTube left a positive mark, especially on how he could make an impact in Gilas Pilipinas.