Gilas Pilipinas Men rookie CJ Perez was a revelation in the 2019 FIBA World Cup as he became one of the Philippines’ consistent scoring leaders throughout the tournament in China.
Perez put on 12.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 2.6 APG in the World Cup, shooting above 54% overall in the international meet.
But his stellar play in the world stage is just a consolation, as the nationals struggled throughout. And for the Columbian Dyip rookie, a lot needs to be worked on when it comes to matching their opponents’ style of play.
“Marami tayong kailangan i-adjust sa laro natin kapag international,” said Perez. “Kailangan mag-prepare ng maayos.”
Perez isn’t counting out the experience he gained in the World Cup, adding that it’s a boost to his basketball resume.
“Para sa akin, ang experience doon, sobrang ganda para sa career namin. Yung adjustments, feeling ko, makakasabay tayo,” he said.
“Yun lang naman yun, resulta na lang ng hard work and effort ko kung ano ang pinakita ko doon.”
For the next World Cup in 2023 which the Philippines will be co-hosting with Indonesia and Japan, Perez said he personally wants to work on other aspects of his game and develop his body should he once again get the call.
“Kailangan natin magpalakas at matuto, mag-point guard, marami pang kailangan i-adjust para sa sarili ko,” said Perez.