Andray Blatche arrives in Manila ahead of World Cup
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 13, 2019 06:57 PM
Blatche was welcomed by Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao, team manager Gabby Cui and SBP’s Ryan Gregorio (photo courtesy of Gabby Cui)
Gilas Pilipinas naturalized big man Andray Blatche arrived in Manila ahead of the National Team's upcoming FIBA World Cup campaign this August.
“It is a great development that he is here early to get reacquainted with his teammates and coaches, as we get ourselves ready for the FIBA World Cup in China,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Al Panlilio.
Blatche is expected to join his Gilas teammates in practice on Monday.
The National Team's training has been in full swing for the past couple of months, and the final lineup, according to head coach Yeng Guiao, will be announced in the coming days.
Gilas will be competing in a pocket tournament in Spain and tuneup matches in Manila before the big tournament in China.
The 2019 FIBA World Cup begins on August 31st. Gilas will play in Group D along with Angola, Italy, and Serbia.