Cauley-Stein looking forward to experiencing Pinoy brand of hoops
Paul Lintag on May 15, 2018 03:33 PM
"I heard it's one of the best in the whole world," Cauley-Stein told ABS-CBN Sports Tuesday regarding Pinoy hoops culture.
As part of the Jr. NBA PH program, Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein is in the country to help select the very best players to make up the 2018 All-Star team.
Over the course of the year, 75 players from the National Training Camp have been identified as finalists and the top boys and girls players in the 10-14 age bracket will meet this weekend to decide who will make the final lineup.
That's where Cauley-Stein comes in. He, along with WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes, will help identify the top eight boys and top eight girls that will complete the Philippine All-Star team.
That team will travel to Shanghai later this year for the 2018 NBA China Games.
"I'm eager to work with these dedicated young players who earned this right," Cauley-Stein said.
"I'm excited to share my basketball knowledge and help the kids become the best version of themselves on and off the court.
The final camp is not until this weekend though so for the meantime, the Sacramento King has some time to immerse himself in the Philippines and its basketball culture.
Speaking of Philippine basketball culture, Cauley-Stein has heard some good things about it and is looking forward to experience it personally.
"I heard it's one of the best in the whole world," Cauley-Stein told ABS-CBN Sports on Tuesday.
"I'm excited to see that. Coming from Kentucky and playing for the Kings, that's some of the biggest fans in college and the NBA. To see it in a different country, it's exciting to see," he added.
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