After the departure of Dondon Hontiveros and the application of 7 Smart Gilas players in the PBA Draft, Snow Badua of NBN sports posted a Facebook update that he was able to talk to Butch Antonio. In that conversation, he was informed that the Smart Gilas officials has decided to let the 7 core players of the current Smart Gilas team in their PBA aspirations. The management will be getting younger players most likely coming from the collegiate ranks. Filipino-American players will also be scouted by to add talent to the team. It is however, unsure about the situation of Japeth Aguilar. Aguilar was drafted 1st overall by Burger King in 2009 and refused to sign with Burger King for the reason he wants to play for the National Team. This sparked a controversy at that time until he was promised to be traded to Talk and Text after playing one game with Burger King and then to be loaned to Smart Gilas. The pioneer players of Smart Gilas will still be able to play again for the National Team, if they were called upon, in future tournaments even they are in the pro's. We have to thank the good working relationship of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the PBA has right now. Of all players in the current roster, only Chris Tiu and Marcus Douthit remains and will be mixed with the new recruits.
Here is the conversation:
My question is, if ever we qualify for the Olympics next year, will they send the young boys to the Olympics? Or they'll call the Gilas pioneers again for duty? or will they mix? Maybe I am thinking too ahead right now. But hopefully they will load the team with shooters who also can defend in the perimeter. Also we need BIG MEN, around 6'8-6'10" men to back up Marcus Douthit.
That is all for now. Let's hope for the best placing [6th or up] of our country in the coming FIBA Asia 2011.