MVP name drops Ravena brothers, Ricci, and Pogoy for 2023 Gilas team

Paul Lintag on Dec 14, 2017 05:46 PM
MVP name drops Ravena bros, Ricci, and Pogoy for 2023 Gilas
All players mentioned will be in that 26-32 year-old range or basically the peak years of a young basketball player.

With the Philippines being the main host of the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the search is on for the next wave of Gilas Pilipinas stars.

Because let's face it, the current core of the team might be too old to play six years from now and their last stand, realistically, is going to be the 2019 FIBA World Cup and/or the 2020 Olympics.

That's why the national team is fighting hard to make the 2019 tournament in China.

But still, it's never too early to plan for the future and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Manny V. Pangilinan, in his speech Thursday celebrating the country's win to take the hosting rights of the 2023 World Cup, name-dropped a handful of players that might make up the core of Gilas during that time.

All players mentioned will be in that 26-32 year-old range or basically the peak years of a young basketball player.

National team head coach Chot Reyes, adding to the statements of his boss, says that that's the most logical way to go about the 2023 lineup.

However, he's not taking out players who are younger still.

"As we develop the players, we develop as well the conditions to make the team at its strongest in 2023. Who they are, we still have to sit down -- coach Jong is there and the rest of the national team coaches -- and identify players," Reyes said.

"Pero like MVP said, its most likely players who are between 26 and 32 years old in 2023. We're not discounting an exception of 22-, 23-year-olds, of course, pero most probably its within that [range]," he added.

More importantly though, Reyes mentioned the need for the national team to make the program as early as now.

Continuity and unity is key he says.

"It's going to be a difficult task but we have to seek the assistance of all the stakeholders in basketball," he said.

"Not only the PBA, but the commercial leagues -- even the UAAP and the college leagues. We will need to plan a calendar now pa lang and not wait until 2021 or 2022 to put that calendar together. Dapat ngayon pa lang may plano na tayo," Reyes added.

 


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