Gilas Pilipinas will be without one of their best players when they return to the world stage in August. Veteran point guard Jayson Castro confirmed that he will be skipping the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
After TNT’s game against Columbian, Castro informed the media that he has already spoken to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Gilas patron Manny V. Pangilinan and the entire coaching staff about his decision.
“Sabi ko I want to focus muna sa family ko kasi almost seven years na non-stop basketball.”
Castro is a father of two children and married his long-time partner just last Saturday.
Twice hailed as the Best Point Guard in Asia, Castro has been splitting his time between the PBA and Gilas. Whenever he’s not playing with his home team, he’s representing the country in international tournaments.
“Sobrang dinedicate ko yung sarili ko doon kasi nga yung break ko nasa Gilas,” he explained.
The Blur has been part of Gilas since 2013 when he joined the team for the FIBA Asia Championship held in Manila.
For Castro, his departure doesn’t mean that the team will be lacking in talent. For him, it opens up an opportunity for the younger guys who are part of the team to shine.
“Siguro it’s time to give it to the younger guys naman ‘tsaka nakita ko naman talaga na ready na sila,” Castro shared.
Back in 2016, Castro announced through his social media accounts that he was retiring from the international stage. But in 2017, he unretired to join the Gilas for in the FIBA Asia Cup and the push for this year’s FIBA World Cup.
When asked if he was retiring from Gilas once again, Castro couldn’t give a definitive answer he just nodded and said:
He just nodded slightly and said: “Siguro.”