UP's Desiderio, Manuel could be added to Gilas pool | Inquirer Sports
Close  

UP’s Desiderio, Manuel could be added to Gilas pool

/ 11:21 PM December 05, 2016
Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

University of the Philippines duo of Paul Desiderio and Jett Manuel were caught off guard when they were introduced as part of the Gilas pool on Monday in the Chooks To Go-Gilas Pilipinas Manok ng Bayan press conference at Makati Shangri-la.

“I didn’t know about it,” said Desiderio.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I’m unaware of it, but (being a part of the national team) has always been my dream ever since,” Manuel said.

The two, who led the Fighting Maroons in UAAP Season 79, were called up to the stage together with former and current national team players.

FEATURED STORIES

But head coach Chot Reyes clarified that the two are just part of the “Gilas family.”

“Desiderio was part of Batang Gilas, and Jett Manuel, he volunteered to be a practice player. They are not in the final Gilas pool but they are part of the greater Gilas family,” he said.

“Again, once you’re a part of Gilas, you’ll always be part of Gilas.”

Gilas team manager Butch Antonio also said the two were only invited, but did not shut down the probability of both being included in the future Gilas pool.

“Nothing official yet,” he said. “Outside of the 12 (cadets), we still have to announce the players from the PBA.”

All of the 12 rookies, except for Arnold Van Opstal, were present for the event, together with ex-Gilas players Terrence Romeo, Gabe Norwood, Ranidel de Ocampo, Dondon Hontiveros, and Sonny Thoss.

Get the hottest sports news straight into your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Butch Antonio, Chot Reyes, Gilas Pilipinas, gilas pool, Jett Manuel, National Team, Paul Desiderio, UP Fighting Maroons
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.