Standhardinger is Gilas' "resident naturalized player" for now
Paul Lintag on Sep 01, 2017 03:34 PM
Christian Standhardinger's first stint with the national team was pretty hectic. He played for Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup, FIBA-Asia Cup, and SEA Games all in a matter of less than two months. (FIBA)
The situation regarding Andray Blatche is uncertain at best and the process of getting a new naturalized player is not exactly easy.
That's why when it comes to Gilas Pilipinas' much-needed reinforcement down low, the Philippine national team is extremely glad to have Christian Standhardinger always waiting in the wings.
Although he's not really a full foreigner considering he's just half German. His other half is Filipino.
His heart though, it's full Gilas.
"We're thankful we have a guy like Christian who is basically now our resident naturalized player," head coach Chot Reyes said Thursday during the homecoming of te Chooks to Go-Gilas team that won gold in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.
"We know whatever happens, Christian will be there. Hopefully," he added.
Under FIBA rules, Standhardinger is considered a naturalized player because he got his passport after he turned 16.
Nevertheless, his first stint with the national team was pretty hectic. Standhardinger played for Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup, FIBA-Asia Cup, and SEA Games all in a matter of less than two months.
The only problem facing Standhardinger now is hsis availability since he's already signed with Hong Kong for the upcoming season of the ASEAN Basketball League. The new tournament will open in November.
"Christian will be playing for his ABL team so we don't know if he will be allowed as well. That's the way it is. That's how difficult the situation that we are facing. We just beg for your patience," Reyes said.
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