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These Are The 5 Most Crucial Gilas Pilipinas Young Guns

These are the ballers fans are expecting to step up in the upcoming Jones Cup
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jul 5, 2017
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The Gilas Pilipinas lineup for the upcoming Jones Cup has been revealed, and guess what, the youth movement is in full effect:

-Jio Jalalon
-Roger Pogoy
-Ed Daquioag
-Mac Belo
-Fonso Gotladera
-Matthew Wright
-Chris Standhardinger
-Kiefer Ravena
-Kobe Paras
-Raymar Jose
-Mike Tolomia
-Almond Vosotros
-Von Pessumal
-Kevin Ferrer
-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.

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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.

Kiefer Ravena

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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.

Roger Pogoy

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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.


Matthew Wright

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.

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Kobe Paras

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.

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Chris Standhardinger

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.


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