The Gilas Pilipinas 'working pool', from where the Final Roster for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championships will be selected, has finally been released after a long wait. And instead of 26 names, it has 18 players, 16 of which are from the Philippine Basketball Association. So let's take a look at the pool and my guesses as to who would make the final cut.
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My picks: With Junemar not 100%, I'd only pick Asi Taulava from this list. At 6'7", Sonny Thoss is too small to play center in international competition. I am not giving up on hope that Fajardo will recuperate in time to join the national team in China. However, if Junemar really cannot play, Gilas may have to do with an undersized center yet again in international competition.
My picks: Ranidel de Ocampo and Andray Blatche should be shoo-ins to make the final roster. I am also rooting for the 6'7" Troy Rosario to make the final cut. I will expect Blatche to start at center and we might see him play with Asi when coach Tab decides to go big in some games.
Kelly Williams is not just the same Kelly Williams we saw compete in 2011. Marc Pingris might come in too late from his trip to France. And I personally feel that what Aldrech Ramos can bring to Gilas, RDO can too and much more.
My Guess on the Final Roster
Ranidel De Ocampo
Jayson Castro William