By Jesse C. Ong
A Philippine national men’s basketball team loaded with tall and promising players is likely to carry the country’s flag in several major tournaments this year as certain young talents, led by Kobe Paras, were recently invited to join the training pool.
In a report published by online news website interaksyon.com, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes made an announcement via his Twitter account that Kobe, son of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legend Benjie Paras, will be attending the team’s resumption of practice on June 20.
Set to join Kobe in the Gilas pool are Kiefer Ravena, Reymar Jose, and a certain Christian, whom basketball fans presumed as Christian Standhardinger, a 6’7” Filipino-German who is based in Germany.
Kobe earlier signified his desire to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the upcoming Southeast Asian (Sea) Games in August.
The athletic young man recently moved from Creighton University to California State University, Northridge. But as he needs to sit out for one year before he can suit up for his new squad, Kobe will have more time to play for the Philippine national team.
The 6’6” player is a big addition to the Gilas rookies, whom Reyes plans to parade in the Sea Games, as the team composed of PBA veterans is set to see action in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, which is also set for August.