2020 Mighty Sports-Pilipinas roster has more talent, says head coach Charles Tiu
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 15, 2020 03:40 PM
"I think we are deeper, we have more talent, for sure. We have three imports who can all contribute, and Andray is considered a local player, and we've got a bunch of young guys, up-and-coming players who have been making their mark in college, and with Kai in high school." - Charles Tiu
Following last year's third-place finish in the Dubai International Basketball Championships, Mighty Sports-Pilipinas is gearing up for a return in the 2020 iteration of the invitational tournament, and they've retooled their roster.
Along with imports such as team captain Renaldo Balkman, McKenzie Moore, and Jelan Kendrick, the 2020 Might Sports-Pilipinas roster will feature young stars such as Kai Sotto, Thirdy Ravena, Gab Banal, Dave Ildefonso, and Juan and Javi Gomes de Liano, among others.
The biggest addition to the squad however, is none other than Gilas veteran and naturalized player Andray Blatche.
Safe to say, this year's squad could be the one of, if not the most talented Mighty Sports squad ever assembled.
Head coach Charles Tiu, for one, believes so.
"I think we are deeper, we have more talent, for sure," Tiu said on ABS-CBN S+A's The Score. "We have three imports who can all contribute, and Andray is considered a local player, and we've got a bunch of young guys, up-and-coming players who have been making their mark in college, and with Kai in high school."
For Tiu, more than the talent, it's all about being able to put things together and make them work in time for the start of the tournament in January 23rd.
"The team is good, it's just going to be a matter of if we get to put things together and figure each other out in such a short period of time."
Tiu spoke more about the interesting and exciting mix of young, collegiate talent and experienced veterans, saying that guys like Moore, Balkman, and Blatche will be integral parts of the team in the tournament due to their experience.
"I think the young guys are mostly our local players, but the imports actually have a lot of experience. McKenzie has played all over Europe, he's a solid vet, Balk, he's played all over the world too, Andray has a lot of experience, so I wouldn't say that we're lacking in experience also, because, just count those guys I mentioned, you have Beau [Belga] also, the experience is there."
As for the the young blood on the team who are some of the best young players in the country, Tiu expects them to provide the team with a boost of energy and intensity during the games.
"The young guys will give us the energy that we need, we're going to need those fresh legs of the young ones to keep everybody fresh, so I think that's why we kind of set up the team this way that the vets and the young guys can also chip in."
Check out the full interview below, which also features veteran Beau Belga and McKenzie Moore: