Gilas comeback for Castro looks to be set

Paul Lintag on Jan 04, 2017 02:15 PM
Gilas comeback for Castro looks to be set
Jayson Castro returning to Gilas Pilipinas looks like a sure thing.

Oh what do you know, the Blur might actually be back for Gilas Pilipinas.

According to columnist Quinito Henson, Jayson Castro will rejoin the national team if he gets named to the 24-man pool the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is set to announce this month.

Henson wrote in his New Year column that Castro will play for Gilas if he's invited as confirmed by the Blur's own agent Danny Espiritu.

After missing out on the 2016 Rio Olympics, Castro announced his retirement from international play via his Instagram account, saying that the end of the national team's bid at the latest Summer Games was also the "end of my stint as member of Gilas Pilipinas."

However, with Chot Reyes back as head coach of the national team, talks Castro unretiring almost immediately started. After all, Castro's rise as Asia's top point guard happened with Reyes in charge of Gilas Pilipinas.

Last week, naturalized center Andray Blatche likewise called for the return of the Blur. Blatche commented on an Instagram post of Reyes saying "@jaywill_17 come on back and while ya; at it bring back Blatche."

Reyes re-posted a FIBA video of Jayson Castro's Gilas highlights last Dec. 29.

Playing in his 9th PBA season, Castro hasn't slowed down one bit despite his heavy workload the past couple of years. Castro just recently won his fourth PBA Best Player of the Conference award and was even courted by the Chinese Basketball Association before signing a max deal so stay in the PBA with TNT.

After asking for an extended break, Castro has returned to lead the KaTropa in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup, averaging 19.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 5.5 assists in four games so far.

The 24-man pool, which was supposedly announce last Dec. 17, will be revealed by the SBP this month. The Gilas cadets are already in the pool and the 12 remaining players will consist of one player from each PBA teams.

Gilas Pilipinas' first tournament of 2017 is the SEABA Championships which will determine the region's lone representative to the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup later this year.


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