College players, D-Leaguers, young pros comprise Gilas pool for FIBA Asia challenge

After a stint in the FIBA OQT, Ray-Ray Parks will be imparting his veteran smarts in a young Gilas pool for the FIBA Asia Challenge. (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--A good mix of collegiate, commercial, and young professional players make up the Gilas pool that will play in the FIBA Asia Challenge from Sept. 9-18 in Tehran.

In a statement released by the SBP on Wednesday, the national team pool consists of PBA D-League stars Mon Abundo, Yutien Andrada, Mac Belo, Carl Cruz, Ed Daquioag, Russel Escoto, Kevin Ferrer, Fonzo Gotladera, Jonathan Grey, Chris Javier, RR Pogoy, and Mike Tolomia.

Former D-League standouts Von Pessumal and Arnold Van Opstal also made the lineup alongside PCBL's top gun Kiefer Ravena.

The college ball stars who made the cut are Arellano's Jio Jalalon, Lyceum's CJ Perez, FEU's Arvin Tolentino, and FIBA Asia U-18 standout Kemark CariƱo.

Backstopping the youthful roster are PBA players JP Erram, Matt Rosser, and Almond Vosotros, ABL ASEAN MVP Matt Wright, and NBA D-League player Ray-Ray Parks, the only player called up from the Gilas team that played in the FIBA OQT.

Josh Reyes will handle the team, as Head Coach Tab Baldwin and first assistant Nash Racela will focus on the upcoming UAAP wars also next month.

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