“It’s the early days in our program so we wanted to test youngsters who may be deserving of a shot in future big tournaments,” said Panlilio
McCullough, a former NBA player and who has long been outspoken in his intent of becoming the next naturalized player of Gilas Pilipinas Men, tweeted out earlier this week and quoted a local sports news article to give him a call regarding his naturalization.
After Gilas Pilipinas Men head coach Yeng Guiao formally announced his exit from the national team, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) President Al Panlilio issued
“We are more than happy to accommodate Remy and make him part of our Gilas Pilipinas program. However, we are constrained by the FIBA ruling that says a player hoping to play as a local must have a local passport before the age of 16,” – SBP president Al Panlilio #GilasPilipinas
“The bolder look signifies strength and our disciplined direction.” – Al Panlilio #GilasPilipinas
“We also commend Kai for his commitment to play for Batang Gilas in the World Cup in Greece, and in future international competitions of the men’s national team, Gilas Pilipinas, including the FIBA World Cup here in 2023,” – SBP President Al Panlilio.
The country will once again be in the forefront of regional sports when it hosts the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship on May 12-18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.