Teng contacted coach Chot about playing for Gilas Pilipinas
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 24, 2017 02:29 PM
NEXT MAN UP. Jeron Teng wants nothing more than to be part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.
Jeron Teng has done many things in his young career.
Still, the two-time collegiate champion, two-time Finals MVP, and D-League standout has yet to wear the flag and do the country proud in full-court five-on-five basketball.
Now, Teng will go all out to try and do just that.
The Flying V main man and pride of De La Salle University has expressed his desire to take part in the ongoing practices of Gilas Pilipinas. “Sa France pa lang, kinakausap na ako ni Kiefer (Ravena), ni Kobe (Paras) about playing for the national team. So this morning, nag-reach out na ako kay coach Chot (Reyes),” he shared on Wednesday.
He then continued, “Tinanong ko kung pwede ako maki-practice, maki-tryout. After all, there’s no greater glory than representing the country.”
It is unclear if national basketball team head coach Chot Reyes has given a response to Teng.
Nonetheless, he is hoping for the best. “Sana mabigyan (ako ng chance). Siguro, dadaan ako,” he expressed, talking about the resumption of practices on Tuesday.
If he gets a positive response, the 23-year-old will join fellow former collegiate stars Raymar Jose, Ray Parks Jr., and Kiefer Ravena as well as US NCAA prospect Kobe Paras as the new faces in the Gilas pool.
Teng is fresh off a campaign with Chooks-Pilipinas in the 2017 FIBA 3X3 World Cup. There, he, Kobe Paras, JR Quinahan, and Kiefer Ravena registered a 2-2 record including a victory versus seventh-ranked Romania.
Still backed by Bounty and Chooks-To-Go, Gilas is set to compete in at least three international tournaments for the next couple of months before the actual start of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
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