After an exhibition game against Iran last June 8, Coach Tab Baldwin and his staff narrowed down the list of players that will give the country its best chance against the global powerhouses of Basketball. Naturalized Center Andray Blatche is joined by top point guard Jason Castro, Gabe Norwood, Marc Pingris, Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, Japeth Aguilar, Junemar Fajardo, Jeff Chan, LA Tenorio, Troy Rosario, Ryan Reyes, Ranidel De Ocampo, and NBA D-Leaguer Bobby Ray Parks.
With little time remaining for training before the competition begins, this Gilas squad has a tall order when they battle their international foes. Teams such as Canada, France, Greece, Senegal, Turkey, all have NBA level talent on their rosters with only New Zealand without one because of Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams withdrawal.
Having the odds against them is nothing new for Gilas Pilipinas and the country awaits what promises to be an exciting tournament.
— Mark Acle