Chot tries to clear air with Ricci's non-inclusion to #23for23: Wala naman tayong di pinapayagan
Paul Lintag on Jan 09, 2018 09:54 AM
"We had to explain the situation with the school and they asked if they can tryout, but it has to be something we talk about with their school." --- Chot Reyes on Ricci Rivero being out of the Gilas pool.
Just because Ricci Rivero is out of the initial #23for23 pool doesn't mean he's never going to get the chance to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas.
At least we're clear on that.
In fact, the La Salle star was in attendance Monday as the national team opened camp for 2018 in preparation for the new window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
"They've really been in touch since the list came out," head coach Chot Reyes said when asked about Rivero.
"We had to explain the situation with the school and they asked if they can try out, but it has to be something we talk about with their school," he added.
La Salle asked Reyes to not include all current Green Archers in the pool for now, citing transition within the school's basketball program.
Head coach Aldin Ayo, who steered the Green Archers to two straight UAAP Finals with one title, has left for UST. His move was made official also Monday.
"But still, they came in their own volition and sa akin naman, we're all inclusive," Reyes said, still talking about Rivero.
"Wala naman tayong di pinapayagan, di pinapapunta. But that's a different discussion altogether. It remains to be seen what will happen in the next couple of weeks," Reyes added.
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