15 Jan

SBP assures June Mar Fajardo ‘big part’ of Gilas future

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption PBA MVP and national team big man June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–With bigger plans ahead, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas opted to exclude country’s top big man June Mar Fajardo’s from the latest Gilas Pilipinas pool.Fajardo was not among the names added to the national pool for the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers on Friday, but SBP president Al Panlilio assured that the five-time PBA MVP is still a crucial part of the Gilas program.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas “Fajardo remains to be a big part of the future for the Gilas program. He will in-fact be at his peak form when the WC2023 comes along, he’ll even be an 8-time PBA MVP by that time,” said Panlilio in a statement.“We will need his dominance and his international experience and we assure all his supporters that they will see Fajardo wearing a Gilas jersey in the near future.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4More pros, collegiate stars added to Gilas pool for Fiba Asia qualifiers View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Novak Djokovic beats Shapovalov, leads Serbia into ATP Cup semiscenter_img ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall Fajardo, also the cornerstone of the San Miguel dynasty in the PBA, has been a constant presence for Gilas Pilipinas the past few years, and for this SBP thought “he deserves the extended break.”“The wear and tear of chasing a PBA Grand Slam and spending his off days with the San Miguel Beermen playing for Gilas will take a toll on anyone.”SBP is beefing up the Gilas program  with fresher legs by including 13 amateur players in the pool in an effort to give international exposure to the young stars and build an “up tempo” team“As we said in the recent past, this is a development plan for the national team in preparation for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup. It’s the early days in our program so we wanted to test youngsters who may be deserving of a shot in future big tournaments,” Panlilio also said.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruptionlast_img

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