MANILA, Philippines – Filipino professional basketball head coach Joseller “Yeng” Guiao is still in waiting for Greg Slaughter’s FIBA eligibility to be cleared up prior to finalizing Gilas Pilipinas’ roster for the fourth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
The revolutionary head coach is expecting to field the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel basketballer as a Filipino citizen, but PBA player has yet to submit the essentially required documents for him not to be added up as a naturalized Filipino citizen.
“We have to be certain on the situation of Greg, Christian [Standhardinger], and Stanley [Pringle],” Guiao said to the reporters on Monday, September 3, after the Philippine national basketball team concluded its first practice at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas.
“If we’re not able to complete the documents of Greg, lalong hihirap ‘yung situation natin (our situation will only get worse) because we have to choose between those 3 guys who we will designate as our naturalized player.”
Gilas Pilipinas has less than a couple of weeks to determine with its final 12-man roster prior facing off the Iran and Qatar national basketball team on September 13 and September 17, respectively.
Gilas coach Guiao added that it is only the 12th slot that has yet to be decided.
Should Slaughter can submit the required documents – certainly those proving that he acquired his Philippine passport prior turning 16 years of age – Guiao only has to pick between Standhardinger and Pringle as the naturalized professional basketball player.
But if not, the first overall pick in the 2013 PBA draft has to fight for his slot in the Gilas Pilipinas’ 12-man roster, and that is the predicament Guiao faces.
“We hope we can make them play as locals, as Filipinos. But hindi pa natin naaayos ‘yung mga eligibility nila to play as Filipinos as of this point,” Guiao added.
Slaughter is trained to provide Gilas a much improved field presence, most especially against the aggressive Iranian team which has 7-foot-2 former NBA player Hamed Haddadi in its squad. – CentrioNews.com