Elite 60’s two Visayan standouts are newest Batang Gilas players

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 14, 2018 04:20 PM
Elite 60’s Visayan standouts are newest Batang Gilas players
Royce Mantua (left), Steve Nash Enriquez (middle), and Harold Alarcon (right) are the newest players for Batang Gilas after standing out in the 2018 Elite 60 Development Camp

The Elite 60 Development Camp has officially taken a step forward in the direction where it wants to be.

The program concluded its second annual training camp last Sunday at the Colegio San Agustin Gym in Makati and named the first two players it will be boosting up into the Batang Gilas pool.

Steve Nash Enriquez from University of Visayas is the headliner as his all-around brilliance caught the eye of just about everybody. “Yung talent niya, yung play all throughout the camp, talagang stand out e. He reminds me a lot of how Terrence Romeo plays kaya ang laki ng potential ng bata,” program assistant director Anton Altamirano said.

The 5-foot-7 guard is the prototypical Filipino guard – what he gives up in size, he makes up for in height. That is why he was hailed as the Elite 60’s Best Camper.

Also part of the training camp’s Mythical 5 alongside Enriquez is his fellow Visayan Harold Alarcon of Tay Tung High School as well as Filipino-Australian Royce Mantua.

Six-foot-one guard Alarcon just continued opening eyes in the four-day camp much like he did in the 2018 National Basketball Training Center National Finals last March. “We all know he could score, but what he showed during the camp was how he could also take charge,” the program assistant director said.

Meanwhile, Mantua, a 6-foot-2 swingman, is seen to be nothing but valuable for Batang Gilas in international play. “I was talking to (Batang Gilas assistant) coach Josh Reyes and yun ang players na gusto nila – long, agile players who can defend. Ang laki pa ng potential niya to grow and get better,” Altamirano said.

The three are just the first instances of the Elite 60’s fulfilment of its objective to identify and then integrate young talent into the Batang Gilas pool. “This is a good sign and good step towards the future development ng players natin. We’re doing something right kasi yung mga players natin dito will now get a call up sa Batang Gilas,” the son of multi-titled mentor Eric Altamirano shared.

He then continued, “Yun naman talaga ang goal dito – to give (players over the country) to represent the country.”

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