Manila, Philippines – In a thrilling fusion of NBA talent and emerging youth, Jordan Clarkson and Kai Sotto lead Gilas Pilipinas’ charge in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. This powerhouse duo, backed by a formidable roster, aims to make their mark on the global stage as they compete in multiple locations – Manila, Okinawa, Japan, and Jakarta, Indonesia.
The dynamic roster features a mix of NBA stars and rising talents. In addition to Clarkson and Sotto, the team also includes Japeth Aguilar, June Mar Fajardo, AJ Edu, Jamie Malonzo, CJ Perez, Roger Pogoy, Dwight Ramos, Rhenz Abando, Kiefer Ravena, and Scottie Thompson.
The selection process for the final 12-man roster was meticulous, with Coach Chot Reyes emphasizing fit with the team’s playing style and optimal chance for victory. The chosen players can all contribute to the team’s success and are eager to make their mark on the world stage.
Gilas Pilipinas opens their World Cup campaign against the Dominican Republic on August 25 at the Philippine Arena. The team is determined to show well and make the Philippines proud.
“We are excited to represent the Philippines in the FIBA World Cup,” said Clarkson. “We have a great group of players and are all working hard to prepare for this tournament. We know it will be tough, but we are confident that we can compete with the best teams in the world.”
“This is a dream come true for me,” said Sotto. “I have been working hard for this moment and am ready to help Gilas Pilipinas win.”
Gilas Pilipinas is one of the favorites to win the FIBA World Cup. The team has a lot of talent and experience and is playing at home. However, they will face stiff competition from the other top teams worldwide.
The tournament will test the team’s mettle, but they are up for the challenge. Gilas Pilipinas is ready to make its mark on the world stage and bring home the championship.