The Future Big Men of Gilas Pilipinas


Fox Sports Asia reports about the future big men of Gilas.

Of course, one concern in the Philippines is that our big men aren’t, well, very big — at least not by international standards. When a kid grows to be around 6’4 or 6’5 in these parts, he is almost automatically developed as a prototypical power forward or center. It’s quite uncommon to find a kid that big who has a great combination of handles, footwork, and mid-range-to-perimeter shooting.

When a kid grows to be 6’6 or taller, he’s considered quite the find, though more often than not, especially with the way the game has been shaped by the fast-paced style of the NBA, these young giants are trained to be mere rebounders and rim protectors. That has got to change. This early, we need guys who can be the next June Mars, Gregs, or Raymonds. Maybe even the next Japeths, RDOs, or Pings.


Not included in this article are 6’9 Kai Zachary Sotto, 6’8 Ladis Lepalam, 6’8 Gian Gaspar, 6’7 Zachary Salazar, 6’7 Erlan Umpad and 6’5 Carl Tamayo who are still in High School and just starting to play competitive basketball.


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