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Even though its officials said there was no need to be alarmed that pro leagues from neighboring countries that are far richer than the Philippines are harvesting Filipino talents Gilas, including some of the brightest college products, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) will keep its promise to help national cause. The UAAP will keep its promise to help national cause even though its officials said there was no need to be alarmed.
The University of Asia and the Pacific (UAAP) has announced that it will take a nine-day break beginning on November 7 in order to make room for Gilas Pilipinas to select at least two league standouts for the fifth window of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The UAAP season will begin on October 1.
“[The break is] simply a little bit of an inconvenience. That’s not a problem. During Tuesday’s meeting of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum, UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag announced that the league would be taking a break. “We are also reaching out to the student body in an effort to get them involved in the [preparations for the World Cup].”.
Gilas Pilipinas will face a very different team from the one that went 1-1 in the fourth window because Jordan Clarkson will be playing for the Utah Jazz in the NBA and Kai Sotto will be playing for Adelaide in Australia by that time because their respective leagues will already be in full swing by then.
Because of this, the team’s head coach, Chot Reyes, is rumored to have approached Carl Tamayo of the University of the Philippines and Kevin Quiambao of La Salle in an effort to strengthen the roster, which will primarily consist of players from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) as well as some players coming from Japan.
Meanwhile, Saguisag stated that the possibility for the league’s student-athletes to secure a brighter future for their families is a result of Asian countries tapping Filipinos to play as imports.
Both he and the Season 85 president, Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM, of host Adamson took a stand opposing the PBA and the governing Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in their efforts to halt the exodus. His view was backed by Season 85 president Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM.
“This is only one person’s opinion. “And I say just from the point of view of an organizer of collegiate athletics,” Saguisag stated. “[I]t’s just in line with our objective to offer these student-athletes the best position to succeed and to give their families an opportunity for a better life,” she said. “[I]t’s just in line with our goal to give their families an opportunity for a better life.”
“In point of fact, it just provides the opportunity for other kids to shine… The UAAP is not extinct at all; just the contrary. “It may be a concern, but right now, we’re simply happy where the student-athletes are heading,” is how we feel about where things stand.
Both SJ Belangel of Ateneo and RJ Abarrientos left the league to pursue more financially rewarding opportunities in South Korea.
Fr. Suan made it abundantly apparent that he was not speaking in either an educational or a UAAP leadership capacity, and he drew attention to the limited number of chances available in the local professional league.
According to what he had to say, “We have to take note that the professional opportunity of basketball in the Philippines is very limited, and we have an overwhelming supply of basketball players.” “We have to take note that the professional opportunity of basketball in the Philippines is very limited.”
“Now, if you have an overabundance of skills and the professional forum for you to express your skills is very limited, why constrain that chance for other people?” “Now, if you have an oversupply of skills and the professional venue for you to express your skills is very limited, why?” Fr. Suan added.
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