How Chot and staff came up with the new Gilas pool

Paul Lintag on Jan 24, 2017 07:35 PM
How Chot and staff came up with the new Gilas pool
Putting a premium on youth, Reyes opted to go for names like Raymond Almazan, Norbert Torres, Bradwyn Guinto, and LA Revilla over established stars like Gabe Norwood, Ranidel De Ocampo, Marc Pingris, and JC Intal.

With quite a few names in the new Gilas Pilipinas training pool, returning head coach Chot Reyes offered some explanations as to why some players were favored over the others throughout whole their selection process.

Putting a premium on youth, Reyes opted to go for names like Raymond Almazan, Norbert Torres, Bradwyn Guinto, and LA Revilla over established stars like Gabe Norwood, Ranidel De Ocampo, Marc Pingris, and JC Intal.

But with 2017 being the start of what should be at least a three-year program for Gilas Pilipinas, choosing these young guns actually make sense for Reyes and his staff.

Of course, they knew about that already that's why they chose them to be a part of this whole thing.

"As a coaching staff, the first thing we looked as is who do we have in the cadet pool. We wanted to make sure we'll get players who are compatible. We have a very clear picture of the kind of game we want to play, so who are the best players who can execute an implement that," Reyes said.

"Ang target talaga ng team na ito is 2019 and that's very important part of our consideration. That's why we chose players who will be at the peak of their careers in three years time," he added.

Norwood, De Ocampo, Pingris, and Intal, all proven members of Gilas Pilipinas members of that past, don't exactly fit that timeline at this point of their respective careers.

Reyes made sure the grizzled veterans knew about his decisions though.

"I talked to the players who did not make the pool. Ping, RDO, I explained to them why they are not there. At Phoenix, it was a toss-up between [Norbert Torres] and JC Intal. But JC is 33 so in three years time, he'll be 36. It wasn't gonna work out for us," Reyes said.

"I made sure to call Gabe to explain to him. Just to make sure he's ready on what's going to happen. But for now, we wanted to go with the younger guys," he added as to why he went with Raymond Almazan over Norwood, a longtime glue guy for Team Philippines.

Despite already having a 24-man pool set, Reyes clarified that this current lineup of players is by no means final yet.

However, Gilas Pilipinas is moving on with what it has right now especially since SEABA is only three months away.

"It’s still a work in progress and we continue to talk with the PBA for a fact that there are some teams that are willing to lend more than one (player). We’ll take it as it comes. But for now, this is the pool that we have at this point," Reyes said.

 


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