RECAP: The Gilas final 12 for the FIBA World Cup
With the 2019 FIBA World Cup just around the corner, the Samahan ng Basketbol ng Pilipinas has released the official roster last Sunday, August 25. Take a look at the 12-man line up—a mixture of the past, present, and future of Philippine basketball¬—who will compete for pride and glory on the basketball’s biggest stage.
The 6-foot-9 veteran, who plays the forward position for his mother club Barangay Ginebra, is the longest serving men’s national basketball player having suited up for Gilas Pilipinas since 2009. The 32-year old big man is expected to provide highlight reels while also doing his part on the defensive end.
Grateful for the chance to represent the country in the world stage, the 30-year old, and 6-foot-8 Meralco Bolts center/forward who has been with Gilas since 2017, is eager to prove he deserved his spot in the roster.
Member of the Gilas 1.0, the 5-foot-10 Magnolia Hotshots guard is thrilled to get a chance to play in the World Cup stage as part of the national team, eight years after the original Smart Gilas side coached by Rajko Toroman fell short of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.
As part of the line-up who represented the country in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the 6-foot-10 Blatche believes that the experience most of the members of the team gained during Gilas’ first trip to the world stage is huge for their chances of making it to the Top 16 of the quadrennial showpiece in China.
The23-year old, 6-foot-1 guard who plays for the NorthPort Batang Pier in the PBA is not going to let the national team down despite being a Gilas newbie.
JUNE MAR FAJARDO
Another Gilas veteran, the 6-foot-10 center from the San Miguel Beermen was also a part of the 2014 FIBA World Cup squad. Having just won another championship in the PBA, the 29-year old Fajardo doesn’t mind returning to Gilas immediately and fulfill his duty, ‘para sa bayan’.
Donning the national team jersey since five years ago, the 6-feet guard from the Magnolia Hotshots who made it to the Gilas Pilipinas side that played in Seville in 2014 is ready to take on bigger leadership role for the team.
Being with the Gilas team for ten years now, Norwood has seen it all. The 6-foot-6, 34-old defensive ace has been with the national squad through its ups and downs and he continues to suit up whenever his number is called.
Despite being a newcomer, Perez made his presence felt in Gilas’ recent tune up games. That’s why the inclusion to the Final 12 of this 6-foot-2 rookie guard/forward from the Columbian Dyip is a no-brainer.
The 6-foot-2 guard/forward from the TNT KaTropa has been part of the Gilas program for two years now.
With his 18-month FIBA suspension finally over, the 25-year old Ravena is ecstatic to return to basketball and redeem himself.
The 6-foot-7 Rosario returns to Gilas right away just two weeks after the conclusion of PBA finals where he played a vital cog as the TNT KaTropa’s sweet-shooting big man.