Kai Sotto, Five Beermen form part of next Philippine Team Pool

In the middle of the PBA Quarterfinals, the PBA, along with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Head Coach Yeng Guiao, announced the 20-man Team Philippines training pool for the next FIBA World Cup Qualifiers window.

The pool is primarily composed of PBA players. Five players from the San Miguel Beermen lead the Pool with June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos. Greg Slaughter, LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar and Scottie Thompson from Barangay Ginebra join the Beermen.

The rest of the PBA contingent are made up of Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang from the Magnolia Hotshots, Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Stanley Pringle from the NorthPort Batang Pier, Matthew Wright from the Phoenix Fuel Masters and Poy Erram from the Blackwater Elite. Making their return from the FIBA suspension are the TNT KaTropa duo of Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario.

To complete the pool, Guiao selected two players part of the Gilas 23 for 23 Pool. Ricci Rivero and Kai Sotto are joining the PBA players as part of the pool.

Two names missing from the list are Terrence Romeo and Andray Blatche. Even though the two served their suspensions already, Guiao opted to go with players who played in the Asian Games and the fourth window.

This is one of the tallest pools ever assembled even without Blatche. Slaughter, Fajardo, Aguilar, Standhardinger and Sotto can all play as locals in the next window. Those four players are all 6’8″ and above. This team also has a good mix of scoring guards and playmakers with Cabagnot, Pringle, Castro, Tenorio, Lassiter and Wright in the fold. Guiao will have to selected between Standhardinger and Pringle as his naturlized player for the next window.

The Philippines will be host to both Kazakhstan and Iran on November 30 and December 3 respectively. These two games will be open to the public after the closed door game against Qatar in the last window. Guiao is hoping to have the loud and proud Filipino crowd back during this window.

Photo from FIBA.com