Coach Chot Reyes posted a photo last night of a meeting of the top basketball officials in the country. His caption read “Discussing the 23 for ‘23”. This meant that they were pooling the names of the players that will form the 23-man pool for the 2023 FIBA World Cup which the Philippines will take part of as hosts.
Discussing the 23 for ‘23 #????????????❤️ pic.twitter.com/x3EIgeWUsk
— Chot Reyes (@coachot) January 4, 2018
This morning, Coach Reyes bared the initial 23 names that will be part of the Gilas Pool in 2023. Leading the pool are familiar players all of whom form the next generation of Philippine Basketball, Kobe Paras, Thirdy Ravena and Robert Bolick.
— Chot Reyes (@coachot) January 5, 2018
NCAA Finalists Bolick and Cjay Perez are the top two names on the list for the guards. Joining them are UP Fighting Maroons Juan Gomez De Liano and Paul Desiderio. Closing out the guards are Ateneo’s Matt Nieto and Fil-Am point guard in Arizona State, Remy Martin.
For the forwards, Paras and Ravena lead the pack. NCAA stars Javee Mocon and Jeo Ambohot are part of the list. From the UAAP, Arvin Tolentino, J-jay Alejandro, Ken Tuffin and Joshua Sinclair make the cut. Dwight Ramos, a 6-4 forward from Clafornia State University closes out the forwards list.
The biggest name in the bigs is also the tallest player in the country. Kai Sotto leads the pack with fellow young gun AJ Edu joining him. Isaac Go and Abu Tratter, both UAAP finalists also make the pool. The rest are young prospects like Carl Tamayo, Kenmark Carino and Will Gozum. Troy Rike from Wake Forest is the final name on the list.
This initial list is still expected to change as admitted by Coach Reyes himself. But this gives everyone a glimpse of who the top officials believe are the future of Philippine basketball.
Photo from FIBA.com