MANILA, Philippines—The National Basketball Program is considering sending Gilas Pilipinas to two training camps abroad to prepare for the Fiba World Cup here next August.
No less than Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Al Panlilio revealed the plan during the launch of the Volunteer Program for the Philippines co-hosting the global rollout scheduled from August 25 to September 10.
“[The players] started meeting in May. Most likely there will be a camp in the United States,” he told reporters during a debate at the Novotel in Quezon City.
“Maybe one in Europe and one in America,” he continued.
Panlilio said that sending the National Five to a training camp in the United States would also allow the program to roll over Filipino-American ace Jordan Clarkson, the Utah Jazz guard who served as a naturalized player for Gilas in the 10th term. fourth of the World Cup Asian qualifiers last August.
SBP has previously said that Clarkson is committed to participating in Gilas’ preparations six weeks before the World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Japan and Indonesia.
Sending Five Nations Abroad reflects the process of building the Philippines team for the 2014 World Cup in Spain. There, a drop group ate, trained, and played together in France, Estonia and in the United States, uniting the group into a tight-knit team by the time it began its action in Seville.
The Philippines has been using ACQ to prepare for the largest cage encounter on the planet. Gilas currently leads 5-3 in the continental showcase and will appear in one more this February, where it will face hot Lebanon and vengeful Jordan at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan province.
Between now and the World Cup, the Philippines can also draw cohesion from the Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia in early May.
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