Fil-Ams catch Chot Reyes' attention, eyed to beef up Gilas Pilipinas in 2023
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 05, 2018 02:14 PM
Chot Reyes released the preliminary list of players for the 2023 FIBA World Cup featuring what could be the future of Philippine basketball, including Filipino-Americans Dwight Ramos, Remy Martin (pictured above), and Troy Rike. (File photo by Gregory Payan, Associated Press)
Three Filipino-American players currently based in the U.S. are being eyed by national team head coach Chot Reyes to be part of the initial Gilas Pilipinas pool, when the Philippines co-hosts the 2023 FIBA World Cup with Japan and Indonesia.
Dwight Ramos from California State University-Fullerton, Remy Martin of Arizona State University, and Wake Forest's Troy Rike were all included in the dream squad alongside established, and promising Pinoy players.
Ramos is a 6'5" freshman guard whose main cailling card back in high school was his defensive intensity. He scored a career-high 15 points for the Titans back in November, but he has a long way to go, as he is so far averaging just 3.2 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.2 assists. Given time, he has the tools to become a lethal 3-and-D wing come 2023.
Martin, another freshman, is currently making waves as for the Sun Devils. At 5'11", he banks on hustle and defense, to go along with his aggresiveness and athleticism to make up for his lack of height. He currently norms 10.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.8 APG in his rookie year as a solid rotation player.
Even before being pencilled in by Coach Chot, Remy has already expressed his desire to play for Gilas, and to inspire a new generation of Pinoy ballers.
Rike is entering his senior year with Wake Forest after tallying just two points, and one assist for his whole junior campaign. While his numbers aren't exactly eye-popping, he's a towering 6'7" forward whose sheer size and shoothing touch at his position will be a prime weapon in the modern game that Gilas Pilipinas wants to employ.
The 23-man pool includes Kobe Paras, UAAP stars like Thirdy Ravena, Paul Desiderio, and Isaac Go, as well as NCAA cagers Robert Bolick, CJ Perez, Jeo Ambohot, and Javee Mocon.
Young guns like 7'2" behemoth Kai Sotto of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, and the ultra-athletic guard from UP Juan Gomez de Liano add a tantalizing view of the Gilas Pilipinas squad who'll play in front of the home crowd five years from now.
All that talent, reinforced by some the Fil-Ams who are all playing in the US NCAA, the future of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2023 World Cup does indeed look bright.